The five Melbourne music releases we’re most excited for in December

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The five Melbourne music releases we’re most excited for in December

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Source: The Teskey Brothers / Photo: Geoff Madock
Words by Benjamin Lamb

While another crazy year slowly wraps up, the Melbourne music world is gearing up for a massive end of the year.

There’s a slew of awesome music coming our way from some great Melbourne artists this December, there’s orchestral works, rock jams, and laid back lyrical folk music.

Palm Springs – A Collection of Songs

Also known as Erica Dunn from Tropical Fuck Storm and MOD CON, Palm Springs is the talented artist’s acoustic / folk moniker.

A Collection of Songs is a compilation of work released over a 10-year time frame, shaping an interesting aural memoir of sorts for the artist, as the listener hears music from different eras of Palm Springs.

According to her Bandcamp page, the album features a variety of tracks from “long out of print 7” and tape releases” from her work with various artists throughout the last 10 years.

A Collection of Songs will be released December 10 via Poison City digitally and vinyl, preorder both through Bandcamp here.

Hobsons Bay Coast Guard – Tubular Swells

Melbourne rockers Hobsons Bay Coast Guard blend some old school elements with fresh sounds for a really interesting take on indie rock.

The group have shared two singles with fans, ‘Anonymous Zone’ and ‘Heaven’, both somewhat different styles of rock, but flow together amazingly, giving listeners a sneak peak into what should be an interesting album indeed.

Tubular Swells marks the group’s second release, coming two years after their self titled debut.

You can preorder it digitally and on yellow vinyl over at their Bandcamp page here.

The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria – Live At Hamer Hall

After selling out shows in all corners of the country, and appearing on America’s late night circuit, The boys from Melbourne have taken the world by storm with their beautiful soul rock stylings.

You know you’ve made it when you record an album with an orchestra, which is exactly what the group did for this release, setting an album from a show they played back in December 2020.  This comes two years after the group’s sophomore release, Run Home Slow.

Live at Hamer Hall drops December 1 through Ivy League. Preorder it here.

Sam Anning – Oaatchapai 

Talented composer and musician Sam Anning has played with such musical greats as Allan Browne and Barney McAll.

His upcoming album Oaatchapai features such musicians as Andrea Keller and Mat Jodrell, and has been said to feature elements of indie rock, aspects of jazz heavyweight Charles Mingus’ work, and even areas of spoken word.

The album is making its way to the stage on release day, Anning and his septet hitting the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall this Friday. Check out more info and grab tickets here.

Oaatchapai is out on December 3, preorder it through Sam’s Bandcamp page here.

Other Joe – blessings from th eheart

Music industry mainstay Joe Buchan’s alter ego Other Joe is one of our most original musicians, mixing his love for electronic music with a bunch of field recordings.

Since the release of his record Alien Haze in 2019, Joe’s accumulated a collection of audio recordings from various moments out in the world, these have been spread throughout blessings from th eheart.

The two singles he’s released, ‘Man of The World’ and ‘Loyalty over Hype’ are two strong points to start on, there’s laid back piano lines, a vast expansive of left field noises, brought together with a whole lot of calm.

The album drops December 3 on Other Joe’s Bandcamp page here.