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Best Australian Music of the Week: July 1st-July 7th

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




Every week, Rolling Stone AU/NZ highlights our favourite Australian music released over the past seven days.

Catch up on Emily Wurramara, The Rubens, and Polish Club, plus check out fresh tracks from Eaglemont, 3%, Eves Karydas, effie isobel, Agung Mango, Bud Rokesky, EDIE, Scratching, Alter Boy, and The Buoys below. 

Eaglemont – Party Boy 

With early comparisons to Phoebe Bridgers and Missy Higgins, it’s safe to say Melbourne’s Bridg Jessop, aka Eaglemont, kicked off her debut with a bang.

Produced by Jonathan Tooke from Cry Club, the album Party Boy is a win for the rising indie singer-songwriter. It nails that sweet spot between it’s big, punchy rock sound and the intimacy of Jessop’s vocals and wry, honest lyrics.

The usual breakup, love, and loss themes are front and centre, but are approached from such relatable angles that they’re essential. The standout title track captures that wish-you-had-the-energy-to-go-out feeling your partner enjoys, while “Ikea” nails the emptiness of a house post-breakup as your ex moves out.

3% – “Won’t Stop” (ft. Jessica Mauboy)

A soaring new single from First Nations artists Nooky, Dallas Woods, and Angus Field as the collective 3%, featuring Jessica Mauboy. The track’s video was shot at the Bomaderry Children’s Home, recognised as the birthplace of the Stolen Generation.

Nooky says on the release: “For me, the song’s a real positive one. It’s about not stopping and continuing on. I wanted to look into the heart and history that we carry as Blakfellas and acknowledge that there is a lot of pain and trauma that is embedded within our people.”

Eves Karydas – Burnt Tapes

Eves Karydas has dropped her second album, Burnt Tapes, and it’s all on her own terms. The first independent and self-managed release from the Brisbane singer-songwriter is confident and self-assured. Highlights include the breezy “Sunday Drive” and the nostalgic tone of “Hair Down”, but her warmly produced and catchy R&B style shines across all ten tracks.

“This album is a testament to how I see the world, how I hear the world, and what I love. It took cutting off the outside world and all outside opinions to find my spark again – and I couldn’t be happier with the way the album turned out,” Karydas says.

effie isobel – “Peach Heart” 

effie isobel introduces their “bubble grunge” sound with their second track, “Peach Heart”, following up their debut, “Lip Balm”. Sweet and fuzzy, guitar-driven goodness for fans of beabadoobee, Alvvays, and Soccer Mommy.

Agung Mango – “The Moth Prefers The Moon” 

Agung Mango shows off his undeniable knack for rap-rock beats in “The Moth Prefers The Moon”, from his upcoming album IN BELLY WE TRUST, out August 1st.

EDIE – “Cool Girl” 

Perth singer-songwriter EDIE announced her debut EP, unsaid, with this unforgiving grunge-pop ballad tackling the expectations men place on her, as well as their desire for her to be the “cool girl.”

Bud Rokesky – “Runaway” 

Bud Rokesky keeps up his hectic release schedule, dropping new tracks like they’re going out of style every month. For July, he’s got the A-side “Runaway”, accompanied by the B-side “She Flies”.

“’Runaway’ is a sound I’ve been chasing for a long time—a blend of energy barely contained within the recording and the raw emotion of the lyrics. I’ve really enjoyed exploring how the sound of a recording can echo the story in the song.” Rokesky says of the A-side.

Scratching – “Closer” 

Scratching is the fruitful collaboration of Perth’s Grace Sanders and creative partner Ezekiel Padmanabham, who have supported artists like KUČKA, Boo Seeka, Great Gable, Katy Steele, and Winston Surfshirt. The duo’s latest song builds on their knack for poppy electronica, filled with desire and dancefloor euphoria.

Alter Boy – “Portrait of God” 

Alter Boy invite listeners to be present with their new single “Portrait of God”, a fresh slice of glitchy dark pop from the Perth outfit’s upcoming album.

Molly from Alter Boy says, “I wanted to talk to the listener directly. We’re all striving for something, some future time or circumstance that will make us okay or acceptable or true. It’s you right now. You have to welcome all of it. The stuff within you that you’re ashamed of or scared of, the uncertainty of it all. All of it together is the complete experience and it’s happening inside of you.”

The Buoys – “BDSM” 

Last but certainly not least. Preparing for their highly anticipated debut album, Lustre, out this Friday, Sydney-based all-female punk-rock band The Buoys have dropped two more tracks: “BDSM” and “Unstuck.”