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5 Artists You Need to Discover in 2018

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Mathew Coyte
6 May
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These Australian artists are making waves in the music industry. We asked them to be the faces of our new +Denim Studio and this is why...

Advice
|6 May|6 mins

5 Artists You Need to Discover in 2018

Add these musicians to your playlist
Mathew Coyte
6 May
Share:

These Australian artists are making waves in the music industry. We asked them to be the faces of our new +Denim Studio and this is why...

DZ Deathrays
Brisbane duo DZ Deathrays have been banging out their energetic fusion of chaotic guitar and dance beats for nearly ten years, slowly building a fanatical fan base and playing festivals around the world. To date, drummer Simon Ridley and guitarist/vocalist Shane Parsons have released three albums, including Bloodstreams (2012) and Black Rat (2014) but it wasn’t until 2017 that the band really cut through with two radio hits, “Shred For Summer” and “Total Meltdown” off their latest record Bloody Lovely. With multiple main stage slots at Splendour In The Grass, and supporting Foo Fighters on their recent tour, DZ Deathrays are no strangers to large crowds. Expect big things in the next year or two – their time has come.

Alex The Astronaut

Sydney singer-songwriter Alex the Astronaut has had a whirlwind couple of years. Alex Lynn, also a talented soccer player, recently returned from the USA where she was studying physics in New York and released two EPs in the space of a year, To Whom It May Concern and See You Soon. The 22-year-old from Sydney’s northern beaches has kicked some serious goals both off and on the pitch. Her single “Not Worth Hiding”, not only earned her a spot in the Triple J Hottest 100, it also became known as the unofficial theme song for the YES campaign in the same sex marriage vote.

Stella Donnelly

WA singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly may have only come to the public’s attention in the last 12 months, but her musical journey began over a decade ago. After playing for years in numerous bands in her home town of Fremantle, Donnelly only recently struck out on her own, recording her stripped-back alt-folk songs in a lounge-room, often with just a microphone and a guitar. Her breakthrough single “Boys Will Be Boys” is confronting and emotional, addressing the culture of victim-blaming in relation to sexual assault. With probing lyrics like “would you blame your little sister, if she cried to you for help?” she confronts the listener to look at their attitudes towards the victims of these crimes. But Donnelly knows how to have a laugh as well. Her excellently named EP Thrush Metal shows an artist capable of both humour and political punch, bringing to mind icons like Paul Kelly and Billy Bragg.

Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan is a triple threat. The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter has a set of pipes that would make most singers jealous, plays guitar like a virtuoso and churns out R&B-tinged rock tunes in a way that makes it look effortless. The indigenous rocker wrote his first song at the age of ten and released his debut solo album Homemade Biscuits in 2006 to critical acclaim. Sultan has released two more albums since, including Blackbird and last year’s excellent Killer album. He is also a member of A.B. Original along with Briggs and Trials, and sings the lead on the indigenous hip-hop crew’s single “January 26”. Sultan has worked with Paul Kelly on the Merri Soul Sessions project and has been a member of the Black Arm Band, an indigenous musical collective. Sultan is a powerful voice who tells stories that are important to our shared history while injecting them with liberal doses of groove and swagger.

Ali Barter

Melbourne singer-songwriter Ali Barter’s brand of indie-pop has been steadily winning her fans since 2012, but her breakout hit 2016 “Girlie Bits” defined her as an artist to watch and earned her a spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100.  With comparisons to artists like Cat Power and Madonna, Barter writes songs that are both catchy and thoughtful, in “Girlie Bits” she snarls, “Give us a smile princess, it's better for business. None of this angriness, show us your girly bits.”Barter has toured with bands like the War On Drugs, The Rubens and the Jezabels and played at Laneway Festival. Her debut album A Suitable Girl showcases her ability to take electro, grunge, pop and folk elements and turn them into something unique and infectious.

Mathew Coyte
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