One of our favourite EPS of 2012 so far comes from Oliver Tank, a young Sydney producer making sublime, slo-mo, folky beeps and bleeps. There’s hints of James Blake, Ultramarine and Boards Of Canada in the pastoral pop of tracks like Up All Night from the Dream EP.
We think Jagwar Ma is going to turn out to be a very big deal, especially if he keeps coming up with wayward pop gems like the Ewan Pearson-assisted Come Save Me.
Of course, you know Gotye, thanks to monster hit Somebody That I Used to Know, but sharp-eared Oz music-watchers have been tracking the Belgian-australian dude born Wouter De Backer for a couple of years now. Aside from current album Making Mirrors, check out Heart’s A Mess from his second album Like Drawing Blood from 2006.
Based in New York, two-thirds of Young Magic hail from Oz so they make the cut, especially as their debut album Melt is one of the must-hear releases of the current season. One for fans of dusty, colourful textures and psychedelic Balearic grooves.
Tame Impala were responsible for Innerspeaker, one of our favourite albums of the last few years. The Perth trio specialise in hypnotic, irresistible psychedelia, hazy stoner pop and swirling guitartronica.