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Best Australian Music of the Week: February 19th-25th

Dive into fresh local releases from Girl & Girl, thatboykwame, CXLOE, Drunk Mums, Emma Donovan, and A. Girl

Girl & Girl

James Caswell

Check out the freshest Australian releases by local artists between February 19th and 25th below.

Girl & Girl – “Hello” 

“Hello” is the lead single from Call a Doctor, the debut album from four-piece garage rock outfit out in May. The new track showcases the band’s prowess with jangly percussion and up-tempo, summery guitar melodies, unfolding into its theme about self-destructive thoughts. Emotional mayhem that’s relatable, and very catchy. 

thatboykwame – “Anecdote” 

thatboykwame (formerly Kwame) comes out swinging with his first release of the year, “Anecdote.” The single, the artist’s first under his new moniker, blends smooth, futuristic production with distorted synths, amplifying the feverish rhymes of the rising hip hop star.

CXLOE – “No Service”

“No Service” is a flurry of sped-up vocals and glitchy electronic rhythms, with CXLOE singing in an overwhelmed tone as she grasps for stability, “I can’t hang out, I’m floored inside, and I’m building a case against my life with white knuckles on a stationary bike.” It’s the first single off a new album, Shiny New Thing, due to drop on May 17th. 

Drunk Mums – “New Australia” 

“How ya meant to have fun in the new Australia,” cry out the Aussie rockers in their trademark satirical fashion on “New Australia.” The song’s gritty edge comes from songwriter Jake Doyle’s grind at Toll, slaving away in a massive warehouse near Melbourne Airport. Penned during his shifts, it captures the soul-crushing monotony of his daily grind.  “It was seriously one of the worst jobs I’ve ever had—proper robot work with no praise,” says Doyle.

Emma Donovan – “Til My Song is Done” 

Emma Donovan’s soulful new song, adorned with gentle harmonies, echoes her unwavering dedication to music: “No rest till my voice is heard.” It’s the title track of her upcoming fifth studio album, her first solo venture in two decades.

Lil Spacely – “Win” 

Western Sydney rapper Lil Spacely aims for the top with his track “Win”, delivering tight flows and a dizzying, mid-tempo beat. The slick music video highlights his natural stage presence.

A. GIRL – “Type of Feeling” 

A. GIRL, hailing from Western Sydney, captivates with her latest R&B single. In “Type of Feeling”, she exudes sweet and sultry emotion, drawing listeners in with bouncy production and heartfelt vocals.