Austin’s annual South By South West Festival came to a close over the weekend with many Aussie acts trekking across the pond, to showcase their tunes to an entirely new market.
While you might be familiar with some of the Aussie acts already making serious waves in the U.S. such as Courtney Barnett, Angus and Julia Stone, and Hiatus Kaiyote; we decided to highlight five fresh Aussie acts at SXSW 2015 that you need to check out.
1) Meg Mac
After impressing Triple J presenter Dom Alessio with her powerful and emotive voice, Meg Mac was soon receiving regular national airplay on Triple J. No doubt this contributed to her polling three entries at number 24, 46, and 91 in the 2014 Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown. She recently took out the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year and won the Triple J Falls Festival competition performing in Lorne on NYE.
2) The Kite String Tangle
Danny Harley created The Kite String Tangle as a side project to his dance/pop group, Pidgeon. With the release of his breakthrough single, Given the Chance, the Brisbane electro musician went from playing intimate support slots at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club, to international festival slots like Coachella and CMJ. His debut EP, Vessel, entered at #8 on the ARIA Albums Chart and scored him an ARIA nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist.
3) Fraser A. Gorman
Part of the Milk! Records family, Fraser is label mates with fellow SXSW 2015 performer, Courtney Barnett. Fraser combines country-folk and Americana with wry charm and brilliant storytelling. Keep an eye out for his debut album, set to be released in early 2015, featuring contributions from Davey Lane (You Am I), Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard), plus Jarrod Brown and James Fleming (Eagle and the Worm).
The indie/folk duo consisting of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett are now based in the U.S. and are signed to iconic Seattle record label Sub Pop. Their second album, Passerby, was released in July 2014 and named in The Wall Street Journal’s Best Albums of 2014. The duo showcase soaring harmonies, gentle storytelling and ambient soundscapes.
Remi is fast becoming a household name in the Australian music scene. His recent Australian Music Prize award, has followed previous achievements such as the 2013 Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year Award. The 22 year-old Melbourne hip-hop artist exudes a unique style with his tongue-in-cheek and self-referential lyrics.