Ngaiire Returns to Make You Shiver

Mitch Fuller, 21st October 2019

Hailing from the Eastern Highlands and New Ireland provinces of Papua New Guinea, Ngaiire has become renown for her honest songwriting, impressive beats and lavishly-costumed performances. Following a huge couple of years of local and international touring, Ngaiire has returned to her roots with Shiver – a somewhat haunting exploration of death, hope and the spiritual realm. It’s enigmatic, layered with pain and humility yet sprinkled with a sense of warmth. Shiver has debuted at number nine on the Metro Chart this week while Rat!Hammock are leading the pack with Pick Up in the number one position. Another honest tune on the charts, the Melbourne three-piece open up about the complexity of inevitable emotional hardship. Sticking with their 90s influenced lo-fi sound, Rat!Hammock’s Pick Up is brimming with the grungy nostalgia and snappy lyricism they’re celebrated for.

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

West Australian blues powerhouse, Tracey Barnett returns with Gotta Get Out and debuts in fifth place on the Regional Chart. The track comes in swinging with crunchy, guitar led riffs before Barnett’s belting vocals take over the show. This is contemporary blues-roots at its thundering best with plenty of harp, lap steel and attitude. Just ahead of Barnett, the latest from Lisa Baird’s Bitches Brew has taken third place. One of the most exciting acts to come out of Melbourne’s thriving music scene this year, Baird’s five-piece ensemble have released Stranger at a Funeral – a gospel inspired, foot stomping piece that’s as musically impressive as it danceable. We can’t wait to see what else LBBB produce if this is only the start.  

Beyond the Charts

They may not be in the charts yet but Adelaide’s Neon Tetra have been consistently producing indie-pop bangers since their debut single, Reflections back in 2017 and their Amrap charting So Far From Me last year. Their latest treat, Jealous Love is as catchy as it is tightly produced. Sunny synths and a dreamy pop soundscape carry the track’s insatiable groove while some stunning layered vocals from frontman Josh Allen spark notes of 70s disco and funk records. So Far From Me cements Neon Tetra as a band that has matured and grown from strength to strength.

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