I write about fashion and beauty quite a bit but my greatest love is and will always be music. Like many of you I listen to music daily and make it a point to go beyond American artist. I love to see what other artist around the world are doing with their music. I always find a beautiful voice, a catchy melody or a unique sound. I believe there is so much great music out there and I love exploring it.
As my sister and I were driving back from the gym yesterday, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye starts to play on the radio and we begin to comment on his other music, his video and ultimately his homeland Australia. Sigh, Australia; home of the kangaroo, Crocodile Dundee and Foster’s Beer. Mhmm. And while the aforementioned is very important, we must also recognize that Australia has given us several decades of extraordinary music. Musical greats such as INXS, JET, Natalie Imbruglia, Men At Work and the legendary AC/DC.
So I thought I would show you some of the Aussie musicians I’ve been listening to lately and have really come to like. How about you? Share your favorite Australian band or artist in the comments area.
A pop/soul artist from Melbourne, Australia with a beautiful soulful voice. I absolutely love soulful singers. She has many wonderful songs and this is one of my favorites. This is an acoustic version of her song “Carousel”.
Another Australian solo artist with an amazing voice. Mostly known for her single “Breath Me”, Sia Fullers repertoire includes background vocals for Jamiroquai and collaborations with british musical duo Zero 7 and Christina Aguilera. Her sound has been described as pop, down tempo and jazzy. I decided to post one of the songs she did with Zero 7 “Distractions”, but do check out some songs from her last album We Are Born such as “We Are Born“, “Be Good To Me“, “You’ve Changed” and her cover of Madonnas “Oh Father“.
Australian hottie and indie rocker Gotye, known for his hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra. He is also known as the drummer for Australian band The Basics. As a solo artist, Gotye delivers a sound with a more experimental and eclectic feel different from that of The Basics. Other songs to check out are “Eyes Wide Open” and “Hearts a Mess“. By the way I have to mention that Kimbra, who although is not Australian (she’s from New Zealand), is phenomenal. An extremely talented singer who I hope achieves great success. Listen to “Settle Down“.
The Temper Trap
Also from Melbourne, this indie rock band is better known for their hit “Sweet Disposition” which was featured in the film 500 Days of Summer. Frontman Dougy Mandagis’ sweet vocals blend beautifully with the bands post punk revival feel. Other songs to listen to are “Fader” and “Soldier On“.
Empire of the Sun
Australian electronic music duo Empire of the sun is composed of Luke Steele, who also fronts the Aussie band The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore from the Australian electronic dance duo Pnau. Their electro rock/pop sound has given way to great song such as “We Are The People”, ”Walking On a Dream” and “Standing On The Shore“.