Music Feeds Faves is back with a roaring vengeance. Every month or so your friendly neighbourhood Music Feeders serve up a spicy plate of bangers, mash-ups and anything else we rate among the most *flame emoji* musical releases from the past few weeks. Have a peep below.
Lola Kirke – Monster
You might recognise Lola Kirke from her numerous acclaimed acting roles, in such works as Gone Girl, Mistress America and the delightful Mozart In The Jungle (which you all should be watching, by the way) but as usually is the case for talents like Kirke’s, her creativity cannot be bound to just one medium.
It’s the sentimental honesty of ‘Monster’ that will get you. Brimming with alt-country vibes accentuated by drawling, almost nostalgic guitars, Kirke, with beautifully quivering vocals, delivers the track’s affecting refrain: “I’m not a monster,” she sings. “I’m just someone who wants to belong.” It’s the kind of conversation you’d have with a best friend.
“I wrote ‘Monster’ while I was watching someone I love struggle with self-love and care, but in the process of writing it, I realised that I hadn’t exactly mastered the delicate balance of those things either,” Kirke told Rolling Stone about the track’s meaning. “So instead of the message being like, ‘I can help you ’cause I know what you should do,’ it became, ‘I’m not sure I can’t help you but I’m like you too.’” / Nastassia Baroni, Managing Editor
MGMT – ‘Me And Michael’
As soon as this song starts, I feel like I’m on the set of an ‘80s movie, slow-dancing at prom. Taken from MGMT’s latest album Little Dark Age, there’s just something about it that gives me the warm and fuzzies, in a sad indie-goth kind of way. / Tom Williams, News Editor
HVNCOQ – ‘Unusual’
Following on from his monstrous and politically outspoken ‘Blackout’, Melbourne rapper HVNCOQ eases back into the scene and our ears with ‘Unusual’. Taking a more laissez-faire and breezy approach to vocal delivery as opposed to the spitfire raps we’re used to from this up-and-comer, ‘Unusual’ is as smooth as they come. Brief in length but massive in impact, it showcases HVNCOQ’s natural versatility and fearlessness when it comes to hopping on a myriad of beats. / Jackson Langford, Staff Writer
Halcyon Drive – ‘Silver Ray’
If indie-pop is what gets your palms sweaty then the jangly new jam ‘Silver Ray’ by Melbourne stalwarts Halcyon Drive should be right up your proverbial. Like a few glasses of bubbly on an empty stomach, this joyously-grooving toe-tapper invokes feelings of tipsy fun and will likely have you attempting to sing along before you’ve even learned the lyrics. It’s also best served chilled. / Emmy Mack, Senior Staff Writer
U.S. Girls – ‘Rosebud’
Meg Remy’s new album as U.S. Girls — In A Poem Unlimited — is her greatest achievement to date, and ‘Rosebud’ succinctly captures her ability to contrast smoothness with sharpness, all backed by strings, dampened drums and a swagger that’s almost too cool. / Tom Williams, News Editor
Maddy Jane – ‘Not Human At All’
‘Not Human At All’ is an emotional standout on Maddy Jane’s new EP of the same name. With her powerful, honest voice, storytelling ability and the track’s cinematic production, it’s clear this Tasmanian artist has only started to show us what she can do. / Nastassia Baroni, Managing Editor
What So Not & Skrillex – ‘Goh’ (feat. KLP)
If you were to epitomise the golden era of EDM in a song and wash it with a refreshing coat of trap and pop, you’d have ‘Goh.’ Featuring soaring vocals from KLP like we’ve never seen from here before, this song is an unapologetic speaker blaster. What So Not and Skrillex is a match made in heaven, and this song’s history dates all the way back to 2014 where it has been popping up at live shows since. Now, we finally have the complete album version and it’s simply glorious. / Jackson Langford, Staff Writer
Suburban – ‘It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Can Prove’
Enigmatic Sydney cap-wearer Suburban has exploded out of the underground with a stick of ear dynamite named after a quote from noughties cop thriller Training Day.
This venom-dripping, rhyme-spitting, no-fucks-giving, screams-so-hard-he’s-got-pants-shitting machine is blazing a new trail of blast-beat-powered heavy AF hip-hop and it. bloody. rips.
Plus we don’t just know it, we can prove it (EAD, Denzel Washington!) / Emmy Mack, Senior Staff Writer
A.A.L (Against All Logic) – ‘Some Kind Of Game’
Chilean-American producer Nicolas Jaar quietly released a new album under the pseudonym A.A.L (Against All Logic) last month, and it’s been my go-to gym soundtrack ever since. ‘Some Kind Of Game’ is a clear standout, with almost seven minutes of skipping beats, swelling filters and exceptional sample work. / Tom Williams, News Editor
Listen to all our picks via our new Music Feeds Faves playlist, updated every month!