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Best Australian Music of the Week: March 4th-March 10th

Dive into fresh local releases from Sui Zhen, Eves Karydas, Alice Ivy, Ricki-Lee, Beddy Rays, and CLYPSO

Sui Zhen

Sui Zhen

Agnieszka Chabros

Explore Rolling Stone AU/NZ’s weekly roundup of our favourite Australian music from the past week. Dive into the freshest tracks released by local artists between February March 4th-March 10th below.

Sui Zhen – “Sleepless” 

Sui Zhen’s “Sleepless” is a cathartic expression of grief and loss, initially inspired by her mother’s passing in 2018 and further shaped by the tragic loss of her newborn son in 2021. This 13-minute piece blends spoken word, synths, and percussion, creating a captivating soundscape that defies conventional structures.

Reflecting on her desire to capture grief’s distortion of time and mental states, Zhen explains, “I could use my voice against the backdrop of beats and bass without needing it to take the shape of words. I would let my sorrow take centrestage.” 

Eves Karydas – “Sunday Drive” 

Eves Karydas’s “Sunday Drive” is a loved-up, late-summer anthem with a lo-fi beach-side sunset video to match. Karydas’s airy soprano glides over a retro-styled beat and delicate piano riff, highlighted by an infectious breathy hook: “At this speed maybe we could go to space.” Time to start the car and hit the road! 

Alive Ivy – “Popstar feat. Låpsley” 

Alive Ivy serves up biting alt-rock with “Popstar”, her latest preview from her forthcoming album. Collaborating with English producer Låpsley, the track draws from the duo’s firsthand experience navigating the music industry as young women. Released on International Women’s Day, it’s a sardonic anthem that pulls no punches.

Ricki-Lee – On My Own 

Ricki-Lee’s long-awaited return with her first record in a decade offers up infectious harmonies and her signature powerhouse vocals. For those in need of some ready-made dance floor tracks, this album is the perfect remedy.

Beddy Rays – “Silverline” 

The Brisbane-based four-piece band returns with a punchy new track, embracing a Brit-rock vibe akin to bands like The Wombats with panache. The song’s lyrics tackle the hardships of long-distance relationships on tour, searching for that elusive silver lining.

CLYPSO – “IVE SEEN THE LIGHT’ 

Eora/Sydney-based artist CLYPSO ignites a shimmering new era with “I’VE SEEN THE LIGHT”, the lead single from her upcoming EP, LIGHTS OUT. The euphoric club banger seamlessly merges ’80s synth-pop, disco, and sunny dancehall, turning pain into pure glee. With her favorite lyric, “Leave it all behind, new skin new tmr,” CLYPSO captures the essence of her mindset and journey.