Sometimes after the thrill of holiday madness slows down, and those humid frosé-filled nights turn into one too many sweaty hangovers, the New Year can leave you feeling a bit jaded. Same job, same mundane drive to work? Same crappy commercial music on the commute?
There have been countless studies documenting the link between memories and music; nostalgia and music go hand-in-hand. I'm sure you could remember at least one case of being able to name the exact year and place you were when that 90's anthem came out?
So to get out of the routine rut, kick start your year, and prime the brain to start creating new memories and their soundtracks, there's no better way than with a fresh batch of tunes.
Below are a few gems to kick off 2017's playlist. These guys are sure to get the iPod dock humming, and will score you RockWiz credibility for being able to name some of Australia's up and coming music gems. There's a good mix of some more established underground artists, and some very new home-grown heroes in the making.
Brother-sister duo, Lastlings, from the Gold Coast hinterland
Artist/ Band: Lastlings Genre: Ethereal Indie Hometown: Gold Coast About: Lastlings took out Triple J's Unearthed Artist of the Year award in 2016 – a competitive competition to find the best unsigned Australian act. The youngest member of this brother-sister duo is only sixteen. Hailing from the slower-paced hinterland area of the Gold Coast, and with fittingly ethereal vocals and downtempo slow jams, this indie pop duo is well worth a relaxing weekend listen. They're so new they don't have a website, but you can check out their Facebook page. Website:Lastlings
Artist/ Band: Winston Surfshirt Genre: Reggae-inspired Electronica Hometown: Sydney, NSW About: Signed to the late Ajax's label Sweat it Out, Winston Surfshit stay true to their name and nail that surf-style cruisy flow. Throwing on one of their tunes makes you want to grab a beer and soak up the sunshine at a Sunday picnic, or dance around the pool with a bunch of mates at a weekend BBQ. These four guys look like your standard typical Aussie party boys, but they certainly know how to work an instrument and jack up the party vibe. Website:Winston Surfshirt
Artist/ Band: Anfa Rose Genre: Hip Hop Hometown: Sydney, NSW About: What? That's not Drake? You wouldn't be the first to confuse Anfa Rose with the better-known hip hop heavyweight. His vibe is chilled, he's got flow, and the sound is a smooth blend of hip hop and R&B. Anfa Rose is best suited to dim lights Friday nights. Website:Anfa Rose
Artist/ Band: Ry X Genre: Crooning Ballads Hometown: Angourie, NSW About: Ry X has that whispering, buttery voice that makes you melt into your couch. His stirring sound is stripped back and slow-paced and perfectly paired with a wine or a cry over a lost love. Both at once would also work. If you haven't already, be sure to take a listen to his single with Frank Wiedemann – Howling. Website: Ry X
Artist/ Band: Our Past Days Genre: Pop Punk Hometown: Sydney & Wollongong About: These five guys are signed with a new Australian label, Greyscale Records. If punk is what you're into, crank it loud and jump around to some of their Blink-182-inspired tunes. They've been around for a couple of years and have done their share of road time, supporting big names like Funeral For A Friend. The group is currently touring the country so get yourself to a show. Website:Our Past Days
Artist/ Band: RKDA Genre: Dark Electronica Hometown: Melbourne About: With slow-moving, dark electronica, RKDA should be listened to loudly, with lights off. With sounds not unlike The Knife, this trio's sound will suit anyone into deep & unusual electronica and music to bring atmosphere to dark corners. Fresh out of Melbourne, the groups is pronounced 'Arcadia' and you can check out their website Website:RDKA
O' Little Sister - a new folk goddess hailing from Brisbane
Artist/ Band: O' Little Sister Genre: Folk Hometown: Brisbane About: Brisbane artist Lucinda Johnson is the east coast's newest folk music darling, and she's currently in the process of racking up some tour dates. Her acoustics wouldn't sound amiss on stage next to Angus & Julia Stone. Part sorrowful, part hypnotic, it's very mellow listening one of those artists you could expect to hear in the background as you sip your matcha latte at some weekend hipster café. Website:O' Little Sister
Have a listen to this fresh goodness from our own shores. You could find your new band crush, break-up song, pre-game tune, celebration anthem… the list goes on. This is just a trickle of names in Australia's vast pool of musical talent, so jump out of your 2016 musical comfort zone and let your ears feast on some new tunes. Happy 2017!