January 28, 2014


Like Lorde? 5 More Artists From Australia & New Zealand You'll Love

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After her double GRAMMY win Sunday night, including becoming the youngest person ever to walk away with Best Song, it's clear Lorde's brand of dark electronic pop is striking all the right chords.

And there's more good news: This kind of brooding, moody Antipodean electronic pop, that none of us realized we were missing until now, is being generated by a plethora of brilliant artists worth getting to know. Here are five of my favorite emerging Antipodean electro-pop outfits:

1. Say Lou Lou

This Australian/Swedish twin sister duo have slowly been making waves since their 2012 debut, but judging by Lorde's success, this could and should be their year. Their EP, Better in the Dark, came out towards the end of 2013 and is well worth a listen. In the meantime, check out this brilliant cover of Tame Impala's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards."

2. Broods

I've written about this Kiwi brother/sister duo before, but having recently signed to Capitol Records here in the U.S. and working with Lorde's producer on their forthcoming EP, this genius pop act won't stay a secret for long. If you missed it first time round, here is "Never Gonna Change." The band are playing a handful of U.S. shows in February and March. Be sure to catch them before they explode.

3. Seekae

Sydney, Australia based Seekae are currently working on their third album, honing in on their distinctive atmospheric, electronic sound that is reminiscent of recent Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee James Blake and Mount Kimbie. This is "Another," one of my favorite songs of 2013:

4. St. South

St. South is the creation of Perth, Australia-born singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich. She describes her music as "folktronica," and it reflects that familiar dark and emotive electronic sound that the world can't get enough of right now. Her debut, "Slacks," is one of the most beautiful songs of all time, and this remix by Infinitefreefall is very special:

5. India Yelich-O'Connor

...a.k.a. Lorde's younger sister. Yes, that's right, it turns out 15-year-old India is also a singer. Here she is covering A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera's "Say Something." I can't imagine this is the last we'll be hearing from her.