Cool Sounds Give Us More to Enjoy!

Mitch Fuller, 12th August 2019

Music Moving the Metro Chart

Leading the Metro Chart this week, Cool Sounds bring you their latest wavy hit, More To Enjoy. The Melbourne indie guitar-pop outfit are known for their melodic, earnest delivery centred on frontman Dainis Lacey’s idiosyncratic falsetto. In his own words, the track is ‘about the complex nature of friendship and loyalty in difficult circumstances.’ Brimming with a rhythmic, lo-fi 70s sound and a slight country twang, More To Enjoy hits all the right notes. Following close behind at number two on the chart, Melbourne’s Jess Ribeiro returns with Wildflowers. No stranger to the Amrap charts, Ribeiro embraces the cinematic nature of her song writing on this one – teaming up once again with one time Nick Cave cohort Mick Harvey – to create a ballad equally at home along the Western plains as it is amid any scene from a classic film noir.

New to the Regional Chart

Following on from the heart-warming title track frokm ther new EP, While Life Is Better in DreamsWe're Alright is Freemantle’s The Money War at their jangly best. The duo’s Dylan Ollivierre explains, ‘while Life Is Better in Dreams literally came to me in a dream and had a surreal sort of wonderment to it, We're Alright is a more direct but reassuring song about sticking together through the hard times and troubling confusion.’ Leaning into Sleepy Jackson territory, the track is hazy and melodic, landing The Money War at number three on the Regional Chart this week. Not far behind, at number six, Big Merino go all out on their latest single, I Lay Me Down. The track sets the scene for another swampy, footstomping classic but quickly transforms thanks to a huge chorus backed by a gospel-like choir.

Beyond the Charts

Sydney folk-artist, Alex the Astronaut recently released her new single I Like To Dance, detailing the story of an unnamed, hypothetical woman who experiences violence at the hands of her partner. Having said the song isn’t about her, Alex transcends statistics to tell a human story about the real faces behind the numbers. Stripped back to bare folk elements to match the rawness of the subject matter, it’s a protest song in the truest sense but also a celebration of strength and kindness.

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The Amrap Charts show the top ten tracks ordered for airplay by community broadcasters through the Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service in both metropolitan and regional areas of the country. Amrap is an initiative of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia which distributes new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide & empowers broadcasters to promote new Australian music on air & online.

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