July has flown by. Much like the rest of 2020, the lockdown has had us sitting at home watching Netflix for seven hours a day while eating excessive amounts of junk food and drinking copious quantities of alcohol. Exciting as it may be, we’re all chomping at the bit to resume a regular life. Well, as normal as it can be in the current climate. Fortunately, bands and artists are still releasing music, keeping us sane in these unfortunate times, and today, we’re here to share our favourite releases of last month. So strap yourself in, grab a beer or two, and enjoy these fantastic acts.

Agency – Wild Possession 

Agency

A short album at just twenty-two minutes, Wild Possession nevertheless is worth a listen for its mood swings, intensity, and energy, which adds depth to the overall feel.  

And as a footnote, all sales from this record go directly to Aboriginal Legal Services (NSW/ACT)Pay The Rent, and Black Lives Matter. Worthy causes indeed, especially at a time when the band themselves must be devoid of their own regular income streams.

Julia Mason 

June Pageant – Beneath The Feather Star EP 1/3

June Pageant

One of the hardest things I have found during lockdown is trying to draw inspiration from within the same four walls. There is only so much creativity a person can pull out of bricks while living in this bizarre Groundhog Day. Maybe I should have taken a page out of June Pageant’s book, who used this period to significant effect. The Jersey City trio released their debut album, Feather Star, back in April, yet returned swiftly with the Beneath The Feather Star EP, the first in a succession of three releases. The record acts as a B-side, occupying the shadow of the previous release, and consists of remixes and re-imaginings of their already established tunes. A brilliant idea to further the discography of June Pageant, despite this frustrating time, as well as quelling that artistic itch.

James Hattersley

El Goodo – Things Turn Around

El Goodo

The other day, while drinking an excessive amount of alcohol with a friend, an age-old question arose – if you could travel back in time, what era would you choose and why? I answered the ’60s, a period with great music, inspirational social and political movements, and an exciting space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Fortunately, I don’t have to step into a time machine to experience these events. Instead, I can press play on Things Turn Around by El Goodo and whack on archive footage from the past. 

Taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Zombie, set to be released on the 7th August via Strangetown RecordsThings Turn Around is a song with flavour. A little seasoning and a considerable amount of substance, your body with sway along to the soulful rock ‘n’ roll and the sweet melodies. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record, but for now, I’ll play this on repeat till Doc Brown shows up. 

Daniel Thomas

Cloud Factory – Cloud Factory #1 

Cloud Factory

Cloud Factory, a five-piece band from Toulouse, released their debut EP, Cloud Factory #1, early last month. Consisting of members from acts such as Noir City and Cathedrale, the record takes you on a journey from feeling a little nostalgic to wishing you could spend the whole day and night out with your mates. A must listen. 10/10. 

Laurence Schoen

GEORGIE – Chasing Kites

GEORGIE

Taken from the artist’s upcoming album, At Home, out on the 7th August via Soul Kitchen Records, Chasing Kites is a soulful representation of broken bonds. It’s upsetting to admire a person who doesn’t feel the same way, yet GEORGIE’s voice passionately expels these old flames. An incredibly talented musician with a lot to say, I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.  

Oh, and check out the live version of Chasing Kites too. It’s absolutely amazing. 

Daniel Thomas

Cool Jerks – England

Cool Jerks

Cool Jerks’ first LP, England, was released on 1st July, and it portrays and addresses many of the country’s recent problems, such as the rise of the far-right and austerity.

The heavy themes on the album could not have described England’s state better and make you aware of critical yet very important subjects.  

“This isn’t a record to provide answers, but to shine a light on the worst this country has to offer”.

Laurence Schoen

Camille Christel – All I Ever Do (Berlin, Solo)

Camille Christel

Taken from the recently released You EP, All I Ever Do (Berlin, Solo) is a sentimental piano ballad about love, grief, and loss. It is a beautiful and delicate song about feelings that are very intrinsic to human nature, and Camille’s performance is powerful and manages to absorb the listener immediately. 

Sam Seccombe – Waiting On Your Love

Sam Seccombe

With influences ranging from John Mayer to Amy Winehouse, Seccombe’s electric taste in music can be heard throughout this uplifting break-up ballad, creating a perfect storm of R&B and jazz with a hint of pop. 

On Waiting On Your Love, the artist has created a magical song packed full of comfort and a whole lot of soul. 

Kerrie Sheedy

Rosehip Teahouse – Regretting It 

Rosehip Teahouse

Regretting It by Rosehip Teahouse manages to take the listener on a journey from feeling hopeless and alone to eventually getting a spark of confidence and being able to move on.

A perfect track for melancholy days, give it a listen now!  

Rolleston – Forget

Rolleston

Nottingham-based indie-pop artist Rolleston creates music from the heart. His latest single, Forget, is a modern-day look at the trials and tribulations of a relationship; the arguments, the tears, and the conflict. “I’d do it all again. Go back to where we started. But I can’t take the pain. The thought of how we lost it”. A musician pining for an old flame, this is a song for those recently single and unattached. So grab a box of tissues and listen to this beautiful, yet upsetting take on an unruly bond between two lovers. 

Daniel Thomas