ICYMI: This week in music

Finalists announced for Triple J Unearthed High, K-Pop group celebrates tenth anniversary and Paramore tour teased.

Triple J Unearthed High finalists announced

The five finalists for the 2017 Triple J Unearthed High competition have been unveiled. The Unearthed High aims at finding the best up and coming artists from high schools around Australia. The winners get flown to a Triple J studio to record and master their own song, and will receive a ton of airplay across Triple J and Triple J Unearthed. Previous winners include Gretta RayJapanese Wallpaper and ASTA. Take a look at the finalists, chosen from over 1,000 entries.

Here are tracks by a couple of the finalists:

Ninajirachi – Pure Luck

Taj Ralph – Beat The Keeper

The winner will be announced Thursday, August 17.

Girls’ Generation celebrate their 10th anniversary

Last Friday arvo, K-Pop (South Korean pop) group Girls’ Generation dropped their 6th album Holiday Night. It coincided with the 10th anniversary of the group’s inception.

Girls’ Generation is an eight-member girl-band from Seoul, formed in 2007 by S.M. Entertainment (a Korean record label, talent agency and music production company). That’s quite the achievement; few K-Pop groups have lasted as well. It was a nine-member group, but Jessica Jung left in 2014 due to conflicts with the band’s schedule.

The act also released a documentary version of All Night, with each member reflecting on their career.

Paramore Aussie tour in the works

Fans of Tennessee rock band Paramore, get excited! AJ Maddah, the founder of the ill-fated Soundwave Festival has announced an Aussie tour is in the works. Replying to a tweet, the promoter announced Paramore will grace our shores soon.

Paramore’s latest album, After Laughter, was released in May. They debuted a heavily 80s-influenced first single titled Hard Times.

Angels, Airwaves and bloody UFOs

Tom DeLonge has taken to social media to announce that he’s hard at work on the 6th Angels & Airwaves record.

@angelsandairwaves new album in the works….

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Tom created the space-rock band after Blink-182’s break-up in 2005, with their debut We Don’t Need To Whisper album releasing in 2005. Blink-182 reformed in 2008 and released Neighbourhoods in 2011. However, Tom left the band in 2015 to be replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Earlier this year, Tom published the book Sekret Machines: Gods about UFO phenomena.

Daughter get strange

The London-based indie-folk trio Daughter teamed up with Square Enix to compose a soundtrack for the Life is Strange: Before The Storm video game to be released on August 31. The group’s Music From Before The Storm album will be released the next day.  The band waxed enthusiastic about the project and its inspiration on social media:

We’re so happy to introduce you to ‘Music From Before The Storm’. At the end of 2016, we were invited to write the score for the new Life Is Strange video game, ‘Life is Strange: Before The Storm’. We’ve always loved the idea of mixing our music with picture and we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to make our very first original soundtrack. We felt very moved by the story from the outset, it is such a heartfelt game and an honest portrayal of real life. Writing for the game allowed us to draw inspiration from the characters’ situations (… and re-living some of our own memories) to find a place where our music could live within the story! As well as being heard within the game, the soundtrack is going to be released digitally on the 1st of September. You can listen to one of the songs “Burn It Down” now. So much love, Elena Igor & Remi xxx

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Daughter shared Burn It Down which features on the album.

Urban beats

Donald Glover’s comments about the Childish Gambino project coming to an end have been slightly exaggerated. In a BBC Radio 1 interview host Clara Amfo addressed Donald’s intention to retire the project [the Glover segment begins 68 minutes in]. “Yeah, but not yet though,” he said. “You still have a lot more time of calling me that [Childish Gambino] if you want.”

Donald has been living in the UK since January to work on the untitled Star Wars stand-alone film – and writing new music. Living in London has given his music a spark of creativity; he described the city as “very inspirational”.

Wrapping things up, Kelela has dropped the music video for LMK, the first single from her debut album Take Me Apart which releases on October 6.

The US RnB singer/songwriter last release was 2015’s Hallucinogen EP. – Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin

Top image from Ninajirachi’s Facebook.

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