8 Aussie songs you should listen to right now

Amy Shark. Photo: supplied.

Amy Shark. Photo: supplied.

This summer saw Australian women musicians stand up and say #MeNoMore, a clarion call for respect and equality in the industry. Camp Cope spoke out against male-dominated festival line-ups, releasing rallying cry track The Opener and inviting the scene to stand with them.

It’s a movement that’s gaining momentum, with a peak at Triple J’s most-played songs of the week showing a rising number of female artists earning air time.

Here’s a pick of the Australian artists’ songs you should listen to right now.

1. Amy Shark: Sink In

Gold Coast artist Amy Shark ticks one off her bucket list with a spot on the Jack Antonoff-curated soundtrack of blockbuster coming-out teen movie Love, Simon. The song features Shark’s signature soaring, lilting vocals and contemplative lyrics.

2. Camp Cope: How to Socialise and Make Friends

The title track from Camp Cope’s sophomore album offers earnest lyrics and honest storytelling. Inspiring feelings of warm summer evenings, the track and a recent sold-out national tour cement the record as a modern classic in the Australian rock-music canon and Camp Cope as one of the most important bands of the year.

3. Courtney Barnett: Nameless, Faceless

The lead single from Barnett’s forthcoming second album is a jaunty anthem, which takes inspiration from a quote from The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood in the chorus: ‘‘Men are scared that women will laugh at them/I wanna walk through the park in the dark/Women are scared that men will kill them/I hold my keys between my fingers’’.

4. Tiny Little Houses: Short Hair

The four-piece’s debut album, Idiot Proverbs, harks back to 1990s alternative rock (think Marcy Playground or Smashing Pumpkins), striking a chord with a generation raised on platitudes. Latest single Short Hair will satisfy existing fans and newcomers alike.

5. G Flip: About You

Drummer turned vocalist/producer Georgia Flipo, aka G Flip, has spent more than 10 years honing her craft and, after touring the US, spent 2017 developing her songwriting and producing. Her first solo track has earned thousands of streams around the world and solid airplay on Triple J with its melodic, vulnerable intensity and killer drum solo.

6. DMA’s: In The Air

Ahead of the release of their second album, have a listen to DMA’s sweeping ballad In the Air. On heavy rotation on Triple J, the track reveals the trio’s softer side, with exquisite production and dreamy lyrics.

7. Vance Joy: We’re Going Home

You’re going to need to know the lyrics to superstar Vance Joy’s We’re Going Home. Infinitely accessible, the track stemmed from his spot supporting Taylor Swift and the big chorus begs for an equally as big crowd sing-along.

8. Mia Dyson: Fool

Fresh from the recent Double J feature album, If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back, the ’80s-style pop-rock licks of Fool, with an opening reminiscent of the Choirboys’ Run to Paradise, sit among an eclectic must-listen record from Dyson.

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