Following Andy’s selection of Courtney Barnett’s ‘Nameless, Faceless’ back at # 17 here’s my own favorite track from her second album and the most recent single, Charity. This has a nice FM radio drive time vibe to it and always cheers me up when it comes on the radio. Courtney has featured so many times in our lists that no further explanation is needed, other than to note this keeps up a strong Antipodean showing and not just from our Sydney correspondent.
With my #15 being one of the oldest dance acts in Oz, #14 is one of the youngest. Willaris K. is a producer from country NSW that has burst onto the dance scene in a huge way this year including my introduction to him, courtesy of my 21 year old son, at this year’s Laneway Festival. Willaris K.’s “Alchemy” EP has been a huge success for him in 2018 and is more like a minim album with seven tracks. The chosen tune “Dour Nights” is in fact one of his oldest songs though he continues to extend and enhance it with each live performance. His keyboard and controller use during DJ sets are great to watch and his melodies bring to mind 1970s Tangerine Dream. Pete Tong is a fan and he has already played Coachella, so expect to hear more of Willaris K. over the years. Here’s a moody clip made by Sydney film maker Yeoseop Yoon for three of the Alchemy tracks, cued to start at “Dour Nights”.
My next entry is by a band who are never less than interesting, with this probably their poppiest single yet with a very definitive 80’s vibe. #14 Teleman, ‘Cactus’
The former Supergrass frontman seems to have carved out a very decent career for himself. Three years ago I had his “20/20” single at number 12 on my end of year list. He’s dropped two positions this time, but he’s always prepared to try and expand his repertoire. Some of it works and I feel if I invested a bit more time then I would probably be a bigger fan. For now, this will have to make do. Number 14…