With a look reminiscent of Allison Durbin (ask your mum, she’ll know) and a sound that blends folk with sultry electronica, Vera Blue is a Sydney-based folk singer and former third place finalist on Season 2 of The Voice Australia. Singing Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Scarborough Fair/Canticle’, her audition footage has collected over eight million views on YouTube. Following the show, she released her debut album, This Music, which peaked at number 14 on the Australian ARIA Charts in 2013. After releasing her EP Bodies in 2014, Vera Blue shed the name Celia Pavey, and in May 2016, she released Fingertips, featuring the singles ‘Settle’ and ‘Hold’, the latter of which raced to number five on the US Spotify Viral Top 50 chart and reached number one on the Australian Viral 50 chart.
Ball Park Music
With two EPs and four albums under their belt, Ball Park Music have been cutting their teeth on the Australian music scene since 2008. This indie-pop/rock five-piece band includes Samuel Cromack, Jennifer Boyce, Dan Hanson, Paul Furness, and Dean Hanson. In 2011, Ball Park Music were crowned The Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year, and in August 2016, the band released their fourth studio album, Every Night the Same Dream, which peaked at number three on the Australian charts. With their latest single ‘The Whipping Boy‘ in tow, the band have now embarked on an East Coast tour.
With a songwriting prowess beyond her years, 18-year-old Gretta Ray’s lyrics are fluid and conversational. The young artist has had a whirlwind 2016, starting with the release of her debut EP, Elsewhere. In August, she won the Triple J Unearthed High competition for emerging songwriters while still in high school, which gained her song ‘Drive‘ national airtime. The song was produced by award-winning composer Jonathan Dreyfus with music producer Josh Barber who has worked with Gotye and Archie Roach. She has since toured with Japanese Wallpaper and Vera Blue.
Having won the Triple J Unearthed High competition in 2014, Japanese Wallpaper has gone from strength to strength with the mega-popular song ‘Forces’, featuring Airling, and a spot on the soundtrack of Zack Braff’s movie Wish I Was Here with his song ‘Breathe’, featuring Wafia. Having just released the track ‘Cocoon‘, Japanese Wallpaper is fast proving that his talents transcend his age. Japanese Wallpaper will tour Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne throughout November and December.
Amid a medical degree, Sophie Peyton, known by her stage name Gordi, has gained recognition for her earthy voice and distinguished sound influenced by Asgeir and Tallest Man on Earth and has been signed to Liberation Music (British India, Vance Joy, The Temper Trap). After being named Triple J Unearthed’s most played artist during 2015, Gordi released her EP titled Clever Disguise, featuring the singles ‘Wanting‘ and ‘Can We Work It Out’. Both songs highlight lyrical repetition and multi-track vocals.
Nabbing the top spot on Spotify’s USA Viral Chart and second place on the Global Viral Chart, Xavier Dunn is known for his folk covers of Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy‘ and A$AP Rocky’s ‘Fuckin’ Problems‘. In February, he released his debut EP, BIMYOU, featuring a list of covers. His original songs are just as impressive as his covers and effortlessly blend folk and electronica.
Polished and packed with youthful anthems, E^ST’s second EP, Get Money, is an extension of her debut EP, The Alley. The title tune ‘Get Money!‘, featuring Mallrat, and ‘Screentime’ break the mold and stand out against the mass of indie artists that dominate the Australian music scene. The songs are carefree and have the effect of making anyone who listens feel downright cool. E^ST will tour the East Coast throughout November and December, ending in Adelaide.