Sweet Whirl is Doing Something at Number One!

Mitch Fuller, 16th March 2020
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Music Moving the Metro Chart

Melbourne’s own Esther Edquist - AKA Sweet Whirl - is back with the first taste of her upcoming album, How Much Works. Distilling her personal and reflexive narratives into universal understanding, Esther’s latest track, Something I Do draws from the likes of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan by way of her lyrical prowess, blending traditional and contemporary folk-ballad sounds. Speaking about Something I Do, Esther notes, "to be honest I was inspired to write this song while I was seeing this total a-hole and felt like I had to carry the flame of my desire around with me all the time, lest it die." Something I Do topped the Metro Chart this week, just ahead of the latest from Methyl Ethel, Majestic AF, at number three. The brainchild of writer, performer and producer Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel is no stranger to the charts and this latest missive proves no exception. The track bubbles with digital oscillations and analogue polyrhythms led by Webb’s huge, layered falsetto. Once it takes off, Majestic AF earns its name.

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart

Hailing from outback Central Western Queensland, Rachael Dee’s music reflects her country upbringing. Now based out of Rockhampton and a recent graduate of CMAA Academy of Music, Rachel has released her debut single, Little Eyes and hit second place on the Regional Chart. Swinging straight into a western groove - complete with a wailing slide and rustic fiddles - Rachel celebrates the innocence of a child’s gaze and their perception of the world. Elsewhere on the Regional Chart, Adelaide’s rising dynamo, Elsy Wameyo is back with Pastor. Following on from her raw, honest introduction with Outcast, Pastor leans further into the personal for Wameyo. Empowering and effortlessly soulful, the track is backed but bright production, percussion and keys that propel her confident lyricism.

Beyond the Charts

Nightmares On 9th, the latest from Sydney-based Gumbaynggirr man Tasman Keith is a testament to the rapper’s expansive artistic flexibility. In his own words - "Nightmares On 9th. represents the 9th hour that you wake and realise that everything that seems to be a bad dream is real. I wanted it to be like a classic horror film, a concept that relies heavily on things that do really happen." Dropped at the tail-end of last year, the success of BILLY BAD AGAIN capped a prosperous 2019 for Tasman Keith in which he also released his acclaimed collaborative EP with Stevie Jean, Evenings. Blending trap percussion, twisted g-funk synths and an eerily nocturnal atmosphere, Keith's malleable flow constantly morphs between a menacing slurred vocal and his signature, energetic delivery. This one’s fresh as they come and already getting airplay across the country, no doubt we’ll be seeing Keith in the charts really soon.

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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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