The New Folk XI – Sounds Like Local

Australia has always produced some of the world’s most original music… Johnny O’Keefe, The Easybeats, The Saints, The Go-Betweens, The Triffids, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dirty Three, The Church… the list goes on. So I thought I would post some music from a new crop of Australian artists, making ripples in our waters. Hope these sounds paint your Sunday all the right colours.

Sunday Afternoon – The Stress of Leisure

Fine purveyors of Brispop ‘The Stress of Leisure’ are gearing up to drop their third album and these ears are hungry for it. Their first two albums blend that ‘striped sunlight sound’ with classic indie-rock riffing and pop hooks. Lead singer, Ian Powne’s keen observation, peeling back the veneer of inner-city Brisbane life. So this Sunday afternoon, take the time to step into The Stress of Leisure’s world… the clip has all the colour of Brisbane this time of year. Oh, and keep an eye on their website for details of the album launch.

Electric Mourning Blues – The Scrapes

The Scrapes are a relatively new Brisbane band, who have recently released their debut album Electric Mourning Blues. The duo blend feedback drenched guitar with searing violing lines. Of course there are going to be Dirty Three references, but there sounds also channel the western feel of Ennio Morricone. This is a clip of them jamming live in Alchemix studios in Brisbane, so if it takes you somwehere and you are near enough to Brisbane this Wednesday night (April 21), you can catch the band at The Troubadour launching their album and tickets are just a $10’er.

We’re Mostly Made of Water – Kid Sam

Kid Sam are another local duo who have been impressing people all over the country recently supporting the legendary Daniel Johnson. Cousins Kishore and Kieran Ryan blend poetic lyrics with exquisitely crafted layers of guitar, drums, field recordings, glockenspiel, and various other sounds. Kid Sam trancends what we expect from a guitar and drums partnership and have delivered a debut album that is strangely evocative, complex and thoughtful.


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3 responses to “The New Folk XI – Sounds Like Local

  1. I like jokes

    Thanks for sharing G!! I think I most certainly will be up for The Scrapes this Wednesday.

  2. If you’re into Morricone, you should check out my Spaghetti Western Concept Rap album, called “Showdown at the BK Corral.” It’s basically a Spaghetti Western over 9 tracks – very influenced by Morricone. I’d love to hear what you think of it! You can download it for free at

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