Hello reader, and welcome to our newest segment: Single File. Single File aims to take every single we come across during the week and actually have something to say about into one conveniently handy space. So, without further interruption, let’s start.

Lonely The Brave – Black Mire

Post–hardcore is never really a genre that gives off a feeling of grandeur, but with ‘Black Mire’ Lonely the Brave injects something of the likes into a normally underwhelming area of music. Conjuring up images of Karnivool, the song has a good mixture between its heavy and soft elements, aggressive without seeming too alienating to new listeners.

DZ Deathrays – Blood On My Leather

‘Blood on My Leather’ sounds pretty much like you’d imagine a song titled ‘Blood On My Leather’ would go. DZ Deathrays frontman goes into it from the moment the ripping guitar starts, half rapping/half screaming. All of this creates something that immediately conjures images of deserts and motorcycling, which makes this a must for a driving playlist. That being said, there isn’t really much memorable to the track, but it is a good bit of fun to it.

Go Freek ­– Interconnected

As far as bangers go, ‘Interconnected’ isn’t a bad track. It isn’t really an anything track. The hook comes in the form of a sample that even when you’re listening to it you can’t recall, and the production feels like it already existed as stock samples that came with some Ableton knockoff. Even off their face, it’s hard to see anyone remembering this song after the club enough to form an opinion on it.

Jade Alice – Kick Drum

A beautifully crafted indie pop gem, Jade Alice has cemented herself with a brilliant start in ‘Kick Drum’. Her debut single is filled with charming wordplay and both some bubbly and crunching guitar that seems to spill sunlight through the speakers.

Tropical Zombie – Call the Police

A lo–fi garage jam if ever there was one, the addition of early pop elements like the harmonies during the chorus and blues elements like the harmonica solo make this song stand out among numerous young pub bands and bedroom producers. The gravelly voice of singer Row Sword (what a name) also works to its advantage, staking out new territory in a genre that is at severe risk of stagnancy.

The Attics – Not Like

The first single of Melbourne’s The Attics, the downbeat piece of pop goodness. A slow and melancholic jam that honestly feels like the kind of jam you can dance to by yourself and a bottle of wine at 2 in the morning. There’s a couple of questionable lyrics (you’ll know when you hear them), but ultimately it’s worth at least a listen.

Hilltop Hoods – 1955

Hilltop Hoods have always had a lot more strength in their live set, making the best of the energy, so it’ll be interesting to see how 1955 works into their setlist. The song’s hook, sung by the formidable Montaigne, is one of the few parts that sticks once the song is finished, but the verses, from the downtrodden vocalwork to the standard Hilltop optimistic string licks feel more like a waiting period between when the song actually starts back up again.

Driven Fear and Afends – Fireball (Mr Sinister)

When news comes out that a grimy hardcore band is teaming up with a skate brand, there comes fears that something may happen that leads to the band watering down their sound. With ‘Fireball’, Driven Fear puts those worries to rest, bursting out with the same brutal hardcore that made their first album so memorable.

Pup – DVP

Pup’s first album was pretty good, but other than opener ‘Reservior’ there wasn’t much to write home about if we’re being honest. But if their next effort is anything like the frantic beatdown of a sample they’ve released in DVP, the album will be one of the best punk releases this year. The shouts of ‘I. DRINK. TIL. I’M.’ are irresistible to scream along with even alone, and the drumwork will leave your arms aching after just listening.

Monique Angele – Answers

Part Tori Amos, part Gaga during her Oscars performance, ‘Answers’ is one of the most genuine releases to come out recently. Immediately starting with a beautiful and eerie piano scale, Angele’s voice is creeping and powerful as she begins to sing of feeling lost. Full of heart, ‘Answers’ is a phenomenal new effort from an artist that needs to be watched this year.

Stina Tester & Cinta Masters – Deep Sleep

A good dose of post–punk is exactly what is needed somedays, and Melbourne is in top form in providing it of late. You’ve got strangeness flowing through the streets in the form of Ecca Vandal’s excellent debut EP, Gold Class’s critically acclaimed album Gold Class, and the slow trickle of new tracks from The Drones, not to mention historic greats like The Birthday Party and The Breeders. Stina and Cinta will fit in perfectly with them when their album comes out. ‘Deep Sleep’ quickly builds from its eerie leading synth into a towering wall of dreamlike distortion as you find yourself surrounded by voices like spirits being exercised. Definitely one act to keep an eye on this year.

Slumberhaze – Run As Fast As You Can, Kids

A dark dance tune in the vane of David Bowie’s ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, Slumberhaze have gone all out on their new track. Menacing and catchy as hell, the explosion of horns in the chorus will entrance and leave you wanting more. Unfortunately this is the first single for their newest effort, so you’ll have to settle for repeating.

LANKS – Golden Age

By far the most ambitious song the Melbourne producer has released yet, it’s a bit redundant to say it’s difficult to describe. Perhaps the most energetic and intense piece he’s created, ‘Golden Age’ shows off just how versatile LANKS is, sounding nothing anything from his much loved EP Banquet. The flowing piano the guides you through the piece and the electronic horn stabs that burst out of the chorus like needles thrown through cloth demonstrate that while many producers are doing the moody and atmospheric scene at the moment, LANKS actually has a grasp on how to stand out amongst the others.

Gretta Ray – Unexpected Feeling

Finishing off this list is 17 year old Gretta Ray’s ‘Unexpected Feeling’, a heart on my sleeve ballad about figuring out just whether or not the relationship you’re in is working out. With lyrics more poignant and self–examining than most folk writers manage to think up in their careers, Ray also shines in arrangement skills, with the twinkling acoustic guitar and warm strings.

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