Marcus Whale's A Ghost at Number One!

Mitch Fuller, 20th April 2020
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Music Moving the Metro Chart

Known for his part in leftfield pop duo Collarbones and club-centric electronic group Black Vanilla, Marcus Whale’s solo work centres on his huge vocal range. Debuting at number one on the Metro chart this week, Whale’s latest track, A Ghost, tackles high concepts against the backdrop of huge synths. In his own words, “My forthcoming album Lucifer reimagines the fallen angel banished from heaven as a queer icon. A Ghost is a dream of Lucifer from before dawn, imagining the fear and eroticism of giving up control in hopes of being reborn. A Ghost is dark, disruptive and expertly produced. Close behind at number two, E^ST returns to the charts with her latest slice of unashamedly joyous pop, Maybe It’s Me. This one is the perfect example of the diversity of sounds in the charts each week, moving straight out of the perfect void created by Marcus Whale into something upbeat, sparkling with honesty in its delivery. E^ST’s flair the extravagant productions shines through on this one and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the Sydney artist.

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

Australian hip hop maverick, writer and actor Briggs is back at number one on the Regional chart this week with Housefyre. Teaming up with comedian and musician Tim Minchin, the two have dropped a timely observational commentary on the Australian political leadership during the recent bushfire crisis and, unsurprisingly, the current COVID-19 pandemic. As Briggs explains, “Cabin fever manifests in strange ways and while I’ve been stuck at home working on new music and practising good social distancing, the idea came to me to hit up my friend Tim Minchin to work on a fun idea. Black and red together hasn’t looked this good since the ’93 grand final". Satirical, catchy, poignant and above all, hilarious, Housefyre needs to be heard. Coming in at number ten and three on the Metro and Regional charts respectively, Elizabeth Fader’s latest, Encore, is a showcase of the Sydney artist’s intriguing songwriting and honeyed vocals. It’s a nostalgic piece of pop-rock brimming with shiny synths and steady percussion, perfectly suited for a night drive under city lights.

Beyond the Charts

United by a love of mid-90’s emo, punk & grunge music, Regionals formed in 2016 and have been furiously writing strange, melodic and often ridiculous tunes ever since. This year, the five piece are preparing to drop their next EP, Teenage Séance with lead track, Steady Hands, now available on AirIt. Already there seems to be a maturation in their sound - it’s darker and heavier hitting, bringing more experimentation and instrumentation to their throwback sound. They’ve nailed their style and expanded upon it thanks to some impressive layered vocals and sharp song writing. Regionals may not be in the charts this week, but they are one of those bands to keep an eye on as they continue to evolve.

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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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