Scott Spark: It’s been four years since Scott Spark’s debut album, and he has spent the subsequent years living between Brisbane and New York, gathering inspiration for his next album Muscle Memory. It’s an emotional kicker, driven by piano and strings with climaxes intricate and subtle enough to reach right into the listener’s soul.
Thu, Aug 14th, The Vanguard.
Oliver Downes: This singer-songwriter loves the ocean so much that he has dedicated his debut four-track EP to the salty, mysterious, underwater world. His touchstones include Leonard Cohen, St Vincent and Radiohead, making for a melancholy, yet uplifting atmosphere that is accompanied by swirling piano and percussion.
Sat, Aug 16th, 107 Projects.
Sleepmakeswaves: This Sydney band has been around for a while now, making all sorts of exciting pop-rock waves. Their long-awaited second album, Love of Cartography, is finally here after the group spent many years touring Europe and the US. Their list of achievements includes playing at SXSW and receiving an ARIA Award nomination, to name just a few. It’s time to get amped about these guys being back in Australia with new tunes.
Sat, Aug 16th, Manning Bar.
Café of the Gate of Salvation: If it’s foot stomping, gospel sounds you’re after, look no further than Australia’s leading a cappella choir. In the past 26 years they have sung for Mandela and backed Powderfinger at the Arias with their African-American traditional gospel. The Café send messages of hope, joy, and resistance through their compositions and are guaranteed to lift the spirits.
Sun, Aug 17th, Petersham Bowling Club.
Marcia Hines: After many, many years in the industry and many musical ventures, Marcia Hines has hit the height of her career at the age of 60. Her latest single titled Remedy features Russell Crowe and is from her newest album fittingly called Amazing. Hines’ signature vocals, Crowe’s smouldering growl and an impressive horn section all work to cement Hines’ place as Australia’s Queen of Pop. (AE)
Mon, Aug 18th, Slide Lounge.
BY ALEXANDRA ENGLISH