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ISLA NOON SHARES GLIMMERING NEW SINGLE + VIDEO ‘HER’

An introspective yet expansive alt-pop gem, the brand new single Her from Aotearoa New Zealand artist Isla Noon is a driving new outing, also fittingly accompanied today by an intimate and energetic music video.

Opening with wavering synths and the ethereal vocal stylings of Isla Noon, Her buoyantly builds into an empowered and vibrant ode to Noon’s younger self. Nodding to the passionate creations of Sam Fender, the intimate yet atmospheric wiles of Holly Humberstone, and the dreamy hues of American indie pop group MUNA, Her is ultimately a candid and assured triumph, complete with goosebump-inducing melodics and glimmering textures. “I wrote Her alone, at home with my guitar,” reveals Isla Noon. “Her is about my younger self. Life often ends up taking you down a whole lot of roads you could not have anticipated when you were young. I didn’t want to lose my child self in adulthood, because I still have a lot of the same dreams I’ve had since I was a little kid. In a way, I felt like I owed that little kid, like she was counting on me. Writing this song allowed me to open a dialogue with my younger self and let her know; ‘You can trust me to take over now. It won’t be perfect, and some of the things you thought you wanted will change, but you’ll be happy’. It’s me at my most candid and conversational.”

Producing Her alongside long-time collaborator Maude Minnie Morris as well as Chris van de Geer on co-producing and mixing duties, Isla Noon’s experience recording the demo vocals for her latest single proved as memorable as the end result, as she explains, “I wrote the song at home and then brought it into the studio to record with Maude. I was sitting on the couch behind Maude, recording in the demo vocal, and I remember her turning her chair around when the song ended and looking at me like she was about to cry. It only really struck me then that anyone else would understand what I was feeling or connect with the song, it just felt so incredibly personal when I wrote it.”

Also armed with a brand new music video, the kinetic Her rises to new and connective levels, with Her’s accompanying visual concepts organically emerging the very same day Isla Noon penned the sublime track. “I wrote the music video concept the same day that I wrote the song,” she reveals. “I had this mental image of a fake car in a studio environment, driven by people in my life with me as a constant passenger, and ending with me leaving the set and driving my real car. The fake car in the video is a nod to the driving metaphor throughout the song, but also a metaphor for my life and the way in which I felt I was being driven by a younger self that had high hopes for me. I met with Oshara Ardelean, who also directed the video for Body, and I remember thinking: ‘Oshara is going to think I’m nuts for wanting to construct a life-size model of a car out of cardboard’. But thankfully, she was totally on board. It was a really personal shoot. Full of laughter and also a few emotional moments. The video features a young Isla Noon, played by the absolutely joyous Scarlett Ewen. It also features my best friends Georgia Mismash as the ‘cool 25 year old’, Maude Minnie Morris and Swap Gomez who are also my live band.”

Growing up listening to the likes of Boney M as a toddler before devouring everything from Leonard Cohen through to Caroline Polachek, Wolf Alice and Lorde later in life, Isla Noon’s core musical memories drive vehemently through her powerful pop stylings, merging into creations that are intelligent and intimate in equal measure. Writing music from an early age and first picking up the guitar when she was 10 years old, Isla Noon’s academic pursuits soon merged with her creative passions before she ultimately transformed into the formidable artist as we know her, in the most relatable way possible: by breaking her own walls and notions of perfectionism down and confronting any aversions to vulnerability, ultimately emerging as the authentic and potent performer and songwriter she is today.

From her work being described by Rolling Stone as “glistening, dance-pop perfection” through to a string of local and international successes already under her belt, Isla Noon’s gaze now sits fixed on the near future, with a ground-breaking debut album on the way already paved by the resonating beauty of her new single. “This song allowed me to put into words something that was weighing on me at the time, and now feels like a marker of my growth since writing it,” Isla Noon concludes. “I’m no longer experiencing the weight of those feelings, in fact I’m in a very peaceful place with it now, but it’s only really through writing the song that I moved through and past that block. It felt like a gift to myself to write, and releasing it feels like passing that gift on to anyone who may have ever felt that they were falling behind in some way, or struggling to reconcile expectations that their younger self may have had about where they ‘should’ be in life.”

Her is out today, Friday May 10.

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PRESLEY DAVIS JR SHARES THREE SINGLES ACROSS THREE DIFFERENT GENRES ‘HOW CAN I’, ‘CRAZY’ + ‘PETUNIA’

SHARES THREE SINGLES ACROSS THREE DIFFERENT GENRES
RELEASES SIMULTANEOUS SINGLES HOW CAN I, CRAZY + PETUNIA
TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING NEW PROJECT ECLECTA TRIFECTA

Whoever said two is company and three is a crowd clearly never witnessed three simultaneous singles released from singer-songwriter, actor and all-around compulsive creative Presley Davis Jr. Today releasing three new singles of varying sonic shades, Presley flexes his balanced creative muscles, spanning sultry blues on How Can I, slinky, vintage jazz via Crazy, and bouncy bluegrass courtesy of Petunia. With all three singles also offering a peek behind the curtain into Presley’s upcoming three albums, Birdlife, Roadside Magnolia and Torana Americana which will all form into the amalgamated Eclecta Trifecta project set to release this July, genres and creativity take full flight in the capable hands of Presley Davis Jr; and there is truly something for everyone with his latest offerings.

Flying the flag for blues and soul and taken from the impending album Birdlife, Presley’s first single How Can I swoons with nods to the likes of Albert King, Donny Hathaway and Mavis Staples, with its soft swagger and tempered sensuality showcasing Presley Davis Jr’s charismatic warmth as he regales a tale of tumultuous romance, as the man himself explains, “This song came to mind without much, lyrically, other than a few turns of phrase. I knew it was about someone who was living a double love life. I used details from a friend’s declining relationship which was a real cheat-fest to fill in the blanks.”

Next up, grab some old-timey jazz goodness courtesy of Crazy, aka Presley Davis Jr’s vintage take on the classic single penned by Willie Nelson and made famous by Patsy Cline, set to feature on the upcoming album Roadside Magnolia. Complete with sparking piano lines, stomping brass and oozing jazz flourishes, Presley’s Crazy is a stunning ode both to its source material, influences like Dr. John, Anders Osborne and Leon Redbone, and, ultimately, his very own upbringing. “My father was obsessed with tenor banjos and early jazz,” he shares. “The only other music he seemed to enjoy was Willie Nelson. Patsy Cline made this song famous, but Willie Nelson wrote it. One morning I woke up to find a recording of myself playing this country classic in this really old-time jazz style. It had been emailed to me from ‘Friday Night Presley’ if you know what I mean.”

And from sonic throwbacks and soulful swoons through to shimmering bluegrass, Presley’s sonic hat-trick rounds out today with Petunia, lifted from the upcoming album Torana Americana; a potent and rhythmic bouncing blast, laced with percolating strings, inspiration from Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs and Paul Kelly, and ultimately emerging as a jaunty ode to Presley’s real-life experiences, as he reveals, “Petunia is a slacker’s lament. Or in my case an undiagnosed ADHD lament. I never intentionally dragged my feet in life, but I have pancaked a lot and find myself constantly starting anew. Turns out this is common for people with my diagnoses. This song is basically for my partner who has always supported me.”

A creative chameleon, Presley Davis Jr’s experiences during the pandemic years led to the talented artist evaluating himself both professionally and personally and ultimately settling on the idea to release a three-album project, with all three albums in three different styles to release on the same day. Thus, the Eclecta Trifecta project was born, consisting of the forthcoming full-lengths Birdlife, Roadside Magnolia and Torana Americana. OnBirdlife, Presley embraces rhythm and blues influences, exploring blues, funk and soul vibes that he was steeped in while playing in bands around Chicago and St Louis. For Roadside Magnolia, Presley presents a faithful old-time jazz record, honouring the music taught to him by his late father and featuring tenor banjo, tuba, piano, trombone, clarinet and vocals. And Torana Americana celebrates all things country, with bluegrass songs alongside traditional country and western tunes, all focused on harmony vocals and an array of boot-tappin’ tunes.

Starting work on his country and soul material first, Presley began the entire Eclecta Trifecta process on his own in Melbourne before connecting with some local industry friends to ultimately bring the three eclectic albums to fruition. With mixing courtesy of Alejandro Rosenblat (Roadside Magnolia) in Argentina and Jason Torrens (Birdlife and Torana Americana), and a global army of musicians, the Eclecta Trifecta is a celebration of styles, ingenuity and, ultimately, unbridled creativity. “I bought an interface, a few microphones and watched a lot of YouTube videos,” sharesPresley of the creative process behind his new material. “I just persisted and finished one track on my own. I then sent that to a few of my mates who know about recording. They encouraged me to continue. Jason Torrens was one of those mates. He owns Debasement Studios in Ferntree Gully Victoria and has worked with Bodyjar, You Am I, Slipknot, and he is Senior Program Leader at Collarts. I would record everything and edit things to the best of my ability and then upload the session for him to take over. That was the process for the country songs, and the soul songs. For the jazz songs, we did the drums and piano live with me playing and singing along. We recorded those bits at Four4ty studios in Eltham over 3 days. I then re-recorded the vocals, added banjo, guitar at my house. The best part of that was having Nathan Ford come around to my house to record the tuba for all my neighbours to hear – I had never recorded tuba before. And because of the pandemic, I ended up getting people from all over the world playing on these records, just sending their parts through.”

Adopting his stage name to honour Sammy Davis Jr., it seemed predestined that Presley Davis Jr would find himself immersed in the arts. Receiving his first guitar and tenor banjo at the age of eight from his father, a member of the Nicky Capodice Banjo Band, Presley was contracted to sing old jazz favourites six nights a week by the age of 17 and was touring North America by the age of 25, performing with different bands in different styles spanning bluegrass, blues, soul and rock. Eventually moving to his wife’s hometown of Melbourne, Presley would find himself hemmed in by the world’s longest lockdown during the pandemic years; but rather than dull his creativity, Presley turned to his work and aspired to conjure something entirely for himself, as he concludes, “Covid forced me to think about my mortality. I realised that for most of my musical career I have been a travelling performer. Playing gigs to pay my bills. I have recorded with bands, but I suddenly felt the need to do something for myself. It feels great to finally be releasing these tracks after so much time in the studio. For a while there, I thought the light at the end of the tunnel was accelerating away from me.”

How Can I, Crazy and Petunia are out today, Tuesday April 30.
Birdlife, Roadside Magnolia, and Torana Americana, aka the Eclecta Trifecta, are due out on Tuesday July 23.

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THE DREGGS DEBUT ALBUM ‘CAUGHT IN A REVERIE’ OUT NOW

DEBUT ALBUM CAUGHT IN A REVERIE OUT NOW

SOLD OUT ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES KICK OFF TODAY

AUS AND NZ ALBUM HEADLINE TOUR THIS
JUNE, JULY + AUGUST

“It’s perfect for a road trip, conjuring images of warm breezes and sunlight streaming through the window.”
Rolling Stone AU

Bathed in warmth and lustrous indie-folk, the long-awaited debut album Caught In A Reverie from beloved Sunshine Coast duo The Dreggs has finally made its way into the world today. A celebration of dreamy melodics and lush instrumentals, Caught In A Reverie is a beautiful daydream waiting to captivate your heart and soul, with The Dreggs also set to tonight kick off a run of sold out album launch parties around the country, before officially jumping in to their album headline tour in June.

With five upcoming sold out album launch parties set to dazzle and spotlight exactly why everyone is talking about the power of this act in a live setting, The Dreggs will kick off at Gold Coast’s Miami Marketta tonight before heading to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Torquay and Melbourne, before embarking on their official headline album tour this June, July and August, taking the pair’s magical live show to Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, before heading across the ditch for multiple performances in New Zealand. Tickets for The Dreggs album tour are on sale now via www.thedreggsmusic.com.

Opening with the Matt Corby-produced single Peeps With The Goods, Caught In A Reverie instantly snares with its sunny disposition, and effortless calm and charm. From percolating percussion and creamy vocals, Peeps With The Goods leads into acoustic folk magic (Train Left The Station), emphatic country hues (Places), undulating beauty (Look To The Stars) and poignant storytelling (I’m A Little Older). And whether showcasing their energetic sides on the percolations of For Your Love, dreamy melancholia on Sad Old Song, or full-blown shimmering joy on She Picks Flowers, there’s an inescapable thread that binds each track across Caught In A Reverie, with a gamut of stylistic hues on display, expertly helmed by The Dreggs, aka Paddy Macrae and Zane Harris themselves. “It’s finally here, our debut album,” shares Zane. “We’re so excited to get our album into the world. We wanted our debut album to be an eclectic collection of music, an album where you don’t have to skip any songs.”

Photo credit: Jordy Wydra

An album many years in the making, and one hotly anticipated industry-wide, Caught In A Reverie elevates everything fans know and love about The Dreggs into a whimsical new plane of existence, with the pair also weaving themes of growth and change throughout the album; a fact which organically stemmed from their eclectic recording process. “We wanted each song to be somewhat different from the last but still have the classic “Dreggs” sound,” Zane reveals. “We recorded this album with multiple producers in various studios which actually helped us with the theme of keeping each song sounding that little bit different from the last. The name ‘Caught In A Reverie’ means you’re stuck in a daydream which was what we felt in the past couple of years. When we first started writing the album we wanted it to have a narrative, but we weren’t sure what that was going to be. As the songs started coming, we soon realised that it was going to be an album about personal growth. Not every song is about that though, there’s breakup songs, sad songs, songs you can scream in your car at the top of your lungs and of course songs you can sing and dance to. We have learnt so much from this album. We can’t wait to take what we’ve learnt into our future albums.”

From starting 2024 as triple j Unearthed’s first feature artist for the year to now releasing their long-awaited debut album Caught In A Reverie, The Dreggs are only just getting started as they continue to cultivate a global reputation for their trademark brand of indie-folk. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, The Dreggs catapulted from the release of their debut single Give Myself To You back in 2017 into one of Australia’s most in-demand live acts, alongside having their debut track also certified Gold in Australia in 2023. Selling over 15,000 tickets in Australia alone last year with their largest ever headline and regional tours, and mesmerising crowds of around 10,000 with their sets at Spilt Milk Festival, The Dreggs are undeniably the hottest ticket in town, with their recently announced album release week shows selling out in 48 hours – purely off the back of an Instagram post. And it’s not just at home that The Dreggs love runs deep, with the duo also continuing to turn heads overseas, with their return to the UK and Europe this May set to deliver their biggest international headline shows to date.

A genuine force to be reckoned with in a live setting, as anyone who attended their respective mass-singalong sets at Spilt Milk and NYE On The Hill will attest to, The Dreggs will hit the road this June and July to launch Caught In A Reverie nationally, with plenty of unforgettable moments ready to be made when the band visit Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as shows lined up soon after in Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland. And before the official album tour takes place, the celebrations for Caught In A Reverie are primed and ready, with the band’s sold out album launch parties officially kicking off tonight on the Gold Coast. Expect plenty of Paddy and Zane goodness and maybe some extra special surprises in store; and it just wouldn’t be a The Dreggs show without a singalong, so definitely don’t miss out when The Dreggs head to a town near you!

Caught In A Reverie is out today.

THE DREGGS – UPCOMING ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES

FRI 26 APRIL | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST | SOLD OUT

SAT 27 APRIL | KINGS BEACH TAVERN, SUNSHINE COAST | SOLD OUT

SUN 28 APRIL | THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE | SOLD OUT

WED 1 MAY | TORQUAY HOTEL, VIC | SOLD OUT

THURS 2 MAY | NORTHCOTE SC, MELBOURNE | SOLD OUT

THE DREGGS – ALBUM TOUR – AUSTRALIA/NZ

FRI 14 JUN | HINDLEY STREET MUSIC HALL, ADELAIDE SA | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

SAT 15 JUN | METRO CITY, PERTH WA | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

FRI 21 JUN | FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

FRI 28 JUN | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

SAT 29 JUN | FORUM, MELBOURNE | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

FRI 26 JUL | THE CHURCH, CHRISTCHURCH, NZ | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

SAT 27 JUL | U BAR, DUNEDIN, NZ | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

SUN 28 JUL | YONDER, QUEENSTOWN, NZ | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

THU 1 AUG | SAN FRAN, WELLINGTON, NZ | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

FRI 2 AUG | TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND, NZ | 18+
Tickets available from www.thedreggsmusic.com

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