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Best Australian Music of the Week: April 22nd-28th

Stay up to date with all the standout tracks released last week with Rolling Stone AU/NZ’s weekly roundup



Nikola Jokanovic

Every week, Rolling Stone AU/NZ dives into our favourite Australian music released from the past seven days. Today, explore fresh tracks from dust, Ngaiire, Imogen Clark, Death by Denim, The Dreggs, Stocker, Jess Day, In Hearts Wake, and more.

dust – “Trust U See” 

Newcastle post-punkers dust are back with their first new single of the year, “Trust U See” – described as “an alarming and visceral sonic exploration of both literal and underlying feelings.” The track has quickly become a staple opening song in the band’s live set, with packed hometown shows paving the way for their upcoming arena tour in support of Interpol and Iceage across Europe.

merci, mercy – “The Word Love” 

merci, mercy brighten our week with this upbeat new single full of lovestruck lyrics and cheerful melodies. “The song came about during a time last year when I was sober for a month. During this time, I asked my partner ‘if I was a word what word would I be,’ and without any hesitation he said the word ‘love’. I was in disbelief,” they say.

Ngaiire + Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Live at The Sydney Opera House

An incredible live album from the ARIA award-nominated future-soul powerhouse Ngaiire and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Recorded during their sold-out 2022 Forecourt performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, expect orchestral arrangements of tracks from Ngaiire’s career, including selections from the artist’s critically-acclaimed album 3.

Imogen Clark – “The Noise” 

“It’s my message to a music industry that tells women they’re old by 30,” says Imogen Clark about “The Noise”. The fun dance track is taken from her forthcoming new album and comes with a knockout video paying homage to Bruce Springsteen’s iconic “Dancing in the Dark” video, but with the gender roles reversed.

Death by Denim – “Party Favours” 

Currently on back-to-back shows on home turf, the indie four-piece bring us a fresh, high-energy track that’s sure to become a new live favourite.

The Dreggs – Caught in a Reverie

It was a big week for the Sunshine Coast duo as they dropped their long-awaited debut album. The gorgeous opener, “Peeps With the Goods”, is such a standout and sets the tone for the rest of the luminous indie folk tracks.

Luke Hemmings – boy

 Armed with a couple more years of wisdom since his positively received When Facing the Things We Turn Away From, Luke Hemmings brings a fresh maturity to boy, showcasing refined songwriting and vocals that shine. Melancholic pop tracks like “Shakes” lay bare his loneliness with a simple, cathartic refrain, while the opener “I’m Still Your Boy” tenderly seeks forgiveness for dwelling in the past. “Close My Eyes”, dives deep into late-night reflections, pondering “Where is the time I lost?”

Stocker – “Lost So Much” 

After dropping “Angel” last month, Stocker treats us to another polished pop gem, “Lost So Much”. Packed wtih glitchy, full-bodied production and ethereal vocals it’s the signature sound we’ve come to love from the rising Brisbane pop artist. This track serves as the second preview from her upcoming EP, Lip Locked.

Amy Shark – “Loving Me Lover”

The ARIA Award-winning artist has announced her new album, Sunday Sadness, along with the newly released track, “Loving Me Lover.” Describing the song, she says it’s a dreamy love tune tinged with happy guilt. “I was in LA by myself working on music, there were things happening back home, people missing me being around and I remember feeling guilty enjoying this completely different life. Hence the line fighting forever so stop loving me lover.”

Jess Day – “Lilith” 

Jess Day gets straight to the point on “Lilith”, an urgent new pop-punk track from the Adelaide musician about loneliness and inner turmoil.

In Hearts Wake – “Hollow Bone (plɹoʍ ǝɥʇ)” 

The Byron Bay metalcore band have unleashed the furious first single from their new album, INCARNATION, set to release on July 12th.