Guest Playlist: Sydney artist East Denistone’s favourite tracks of 2019 (so far)

Earlier this month Sydney singer-songwriter East Denistone dropped his new single “River”, his second for the year, and a fitting continuation of the indie sounds presented on its predecessor “Amongst Taller Trees”. 

From its dramatic and evocative prelude through to its conclusion, “River” aptly displays the Sydney artist’s rich lyricism and commanding and strong vocal performance. According to East Denistone, “The song itself started off being about the nature of addictive behaviours. Over time, it evolved into a song about life choices and consequences. It’s not some complicated, deeply introspective lyrical juggernaut, and I don’t think all music has to be. My hope is that the idea of making undesirable decisions that you might regret later on is a relatable predicament for listeners.”

It’s a commanding and compelling performance, one that belies the fact that this is an artist who is still very much in the earlier stages of a career. Certainly, there appears to be momentum building behind him, and based on “River”, it’s not too hard to see why. Check out the single below: 

The single will be officially launched on Thursday 30th May at Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville. Support on the night comes from Locked in Lummo, Spruced Moose and Bowling in Japan. Tickets will be available on the door, though you can RSVP to the Facebook event page HERE

To celebrate the single’s release East Denistone has also put together a playlist of some of his favourite tracks of 2019 (so far), and offered a little glimpse into his listening habits and why these songs made the cut. You can find the playlist and check out his picks below.

Julia Jacklin – “Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You”

I think it’s taken the mantle of my favourite Julia Jacklin song, and that’s saying a lot. It’s got her signature vocal drawl with some added hints of desperation that make for a tearjerker. If you like the song, definitely look up her live performances because it takes her vocal delivery to a whole other level.

Samia – “Lasting Friend”

I don’t think she’s capable of writing a bad song. It’s got a bit of a mid 2000’s indie rock pulse but the lyrics is where the music really shines.

Moreton – “Circles”

If you appreciate twangy guitars and ominous tones then Moreton are the band for you. Their debut EP from a few years ago is quite literally one of my favourite releases of all time, and I’m glad their follow up single is just as good…if not better.

Spruced Moose – “Ones Who Fly”

I’m lucky enough to play with these lads later this month. This one’s for the pub rockers and headbangers – it’s an absolutely wild ride that delivers a few knockout punches throughout.

Lachlan Vines – “Are You Here”

He’s got an angelic voice (best experienced live) and is armed with an innate appreciation of musical texture that’s pretty rare nowadays. The song is a bit of a slow burner, but the massive build up is worth the wait.

Australia – “Get My Shit Together”

This has such a fat mix! That introductory synth is immensely fun, and the whole song just punches you in the face once it hits its groove. I’m getting strong Klaxons vibes from this.

Rees Lucia – “Paint You While You’re Still”

I can’t come up with enough superlatives to describe this song (and the debut EP you’ll find this on). The melody, her voice, the minimal arrangement…it’s just an indescribably beautiful song. Every now and then she’ll let the singing ring out over the instruments and it just hits you with this moment of frisson.

Tesse & Georgia Mulligan – “Over Now”

I’m an absolute sucker for male/female harmonies, and the fact that both of these artists have really beautiful voices just adds to the package. They’re also both brilliant songwriters so it’s no surprise that this combination is delivering almost lethal doses of musicianship.

Rainbow Chan (ft. Moldy) – “Love Isn’t Easy”

You probably won’t see too many electronic songs in my various playlists so when I include one you know it’s likely going to be a stunner. Rainbow Chan’s always had a knack for really interesting layering that gives you more value on repeat listenings. There’s also a bonus rap that kicks in halfway through, and it’s oddly addictive despite the fact that I actually don’t know what language it’s in.

Eilish Gilligan – “The Pull”

There’s a steady build throughout which is held together really nicely by the vocal delivery. It’s a simple set up, it’s an extremely effective tune…enough said.

“River” is available now. You can keep up to date with East Denistone via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

East Denistone “River” Launch Show

Thu May 30th | Lazybones Lounge – Marrickville, NSW | w/ Locked in Lummo, Spruced Moose and Bowling in Japan

 

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Simon Clark

Simon Clark is the Books Editor at the AU review. A reader of books and admirer of songs, Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his, and his alone. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @simonjclark