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Having already reflected on Triple J’s ‘Next Crop’ it is time to add the stamp o’ Daze, and look at the Dark Cafe Daze picks for the Aussie artists to watch in the coming year. Some we’ve mentioned previously; others we had the best of intentions to. Regardless, they’ve each made enough of an impression on our aural palate to rate a mention, a kudos and some loving vibes from afar.

1. CATCALL: With her latest release “Satellites” moving her from atmos-fearic pop to just plain pop of deliciousness, Catcall is Ladyhawke if she found some good mood pills and a cheeky wink.

2. ROSIE CATALANO: At first glance, Rosie Catalano might seem your typical, gently strumming folky – yet one listen to her self titled EP reveals an artist not shy of clever turns of phrase and occasionally wry flashes of humour. Combine that with an affecting voice and some lovely melodies, and you’ve got yourself a new afternoon favourite.

3. KIRA PIRU AND THE BRUISE: I’ll be careful when choosing my words to describe Kira Puru – you definitely wouldn’t want to meet her voice in a dark alley. Bold, brassy and seductive, she has one of those firecracker voices that’d hurt you a little just so it could take you home and wrap you up.

4. THE PAPER KITES: Favourites around these parts for a while, 2012 is surely the year this kite (…wait for it) takes flight. They’re better than Boy & Bear, put it that way.

5. NGAIIRE: Much like the gay marriage debate, the plight of Ngaiire can be summed up in two words: it’s time.

(If you like what you hear, all of the lovely chaps above are on Facebook, so do as we do and stalk them silently…) 


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There’s a little rumbling underground. A slight whisper in the wind. The sound of Australian folk music is slowly starting to emerge.

Some may call it by the ‘Angus and Julia’ effect, but something in the last month has seemingly shifted and the pluck by pluck, harmony by harmony, folk(ish) music is starting to carve a path in the Aussie music forest.

Most recent example to float from my speakers: Mebourne’s The Paper Kites. 100,000 views on Youtube and it seems that this has already (while I was seemingly staring off into the distance) gone beyond your standard folk(ish) audience. With good reason too. Their music is simply gorgeous.

‘Bloom’ is the key track here – a floating, occasionally swirling piece of Autumn dusk, with the sun setting gently behind some beautiful vocals and harmonies.

Follow these guys on Facebook and watch for great things.

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Forget all the Mazzy Star comparisons floating around (not that that’s such a bad thing): the Dum Dum Girls’ ‘Coming Down’ is well worth listening to on its own terms.

It does, admittedly, sound like it has sauntered straight of 90s indie pop – but with a healthy dose of assertiveness and swagger.

“You abuse the ones who love you / you abuse the ones who won’t…”

And the best part? If you love the track, you can grab a free download of it right here.

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With a quarter of 2011 having blown by, it is time to pause for a moment and reflect on what is yet to come. While some predicted 2011 would spell the end of the electro-indie-rock-pop-female-popularity of the past eighteen months, that hasn’t stopped a stew of interesting slightly-left-of-centre female pop acts from waiting in the wings for their moment. Have a look below for some that might reach critical boiling point in the next 9 months. (And yes. This analogy is terrible. But it’s dinnertime on a Sunday – what did you honestly expect? The lyrical poise of Rebecca Black?)


Oh Land (Sun of a Gun)

With growing popularity in the US – including a Letterman appearance and 7 million Y’tube views – the Danish daughter-of-an-opera-singer combines a Scandinavian sense of rhythm and phrasing with fully fledged American production sounds. If Lykke Li ever appeared on the O.C it would probably sound something like this.


Clare Maguire (Ain’t Nobody)

In another lifetime, Clare Maguire’s vocal chords could have nicely belonged to a young Toni Childs or Annie Lennox -perhaps even a little Skunk Anansie if we really stretch our imaginations. Unfortunately, none of those artists sell records anymore, and herein lies the dilemma with Clare Maguire. Is there room in the marketplace for someone who could have easily been a hit in the mid 90s? The talent is there but she has yet to find her radio-slaying single.


Alpine (Village)

Having been teetering on the indie fringe for a while now, 2011 might be the year Melbourne band Alpine find themselves making the slow and steady trek towards wider recognition. Taking indie-pop cues from contemporaries such as Cloud Control or Little Red – and then swirling it with a little Cocteau Twins aloofness – there isn’t really much else quite like this at the moment coming from Australia.


Adalita (Hot Air)

The veteran of this group, Adalita is only now – almost two decades since starting as a recording artist – putting out her debut solo album. And what an album. Evoking a tense standoff between PJ Harvey and Chan Marshall, Adalita shows the others how it can be done. It’s not pop enough for the mainstream, and it won’t shatter any sales records – but don’t be surprised to see it, when the year comes to a close, on many a best-of list.


Birdy (Skinny Love – Bon Iver cover)

From the eldest to the youngest, 14-year-old Birdy brings the list to a close. We don’t know much about her, save for this stunning Bon Iver that is causing a few ripples in the UK. Listen and love it.



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One of the standouts of BBC’s Sound of 2011, Rough Trade darlings Warpaint will be sweeping into town soon as part of Laneway Festival. Thankfully, to make up for the horrid scheduling clash with Two Door Cinema Club, the quartet will also be performing a few choice sideshows, and I’ve just snatched up a ticket to their Oxford Arts Factory gig in Sydney.

If you’re a fan of Eisley, or if you liked Mountain Man at Sydney Festival, but would have liked a few more cuts and bruises – Warpaint could be for you.

Their new single Shadows is below, and you can grab yourself some tickets to their February 8th, Oxford Arts Factory gig here. (It’s the night after Jenny and Johnny, so why not just camp out?)




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Seemingly taking a break from all her Gossip-ing, Beth Ditto further concretes her move into a pulsing electro-influenced arena with this track.

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A friend dropped me Hannah Gillespie’s name earlier in the day, suggesting her music would be somewhat up my alley. Shamefully, I left it until this late in the evening to finally give it a spin – I think my day would have been a whole lot better if I had discovered her earlier. Hailing from up North in Australia, Hannah is armed with a great song and an emotive, smoky voice – the sound of warm coal and splintered wood. I look forward to her impending album release in 2011.


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