New from Melbourne: SMILE + Zone Out + Tourist Dollars + Parking Lot Experiments

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New stuff from Australia’s second best city:

SMILE – Boundless Plains to Share

We’ve got boundless plains to share, but you wouldn’t know it from the way we treat refugees. Every time the word Nauru pops up in a headline, it makes you a little bit ashamed to be Australian, right? Like, fuck, how have we fucked up to this degree?

But if all becomes a bit much, combat that hopelessness and soak yourself in “Boundless Plains to Share” from SMILE. Their debut LP, released a couple years back was a winner, and this new track shows that they haven’t lost any of the charm in their pleasant, bleached guitar pop.

Zone Out – Inside

Combine Dove from Scotdrakula and Ashley from Totally Mild, and you’ve got Zone Out. If you’ve got a few xannies locked in the cupboard, left over from that trip you took to Europe a while back, now would be the time to use ’em. Blissful, cloudy dream pop that works on a nice, basic level. Zone Out don’t reach out and overcomplicate things, they just float along on a dreamy cloud of sighs and clicking production.

Tourist Dollars – End of Times

So you’re a cowboy on a budget, are ya? There’s an innocent town on the outskirts of Juarez, and the cartels are looming. Things are pretty dire, aren’t they? A bit shocking, to say the very least.

Well, never fear! You’ve got your six-shooter, and a trusty steed. You’re chewing your meanest tobacco, and your sun-beaten brow is furrowed in anticipation. But the token mariachi band is missing! Whoever will score your showdown with the cartel boss?

Nah mate. Just grab an iPod dock, and chuck on the debut Tourist Dollars track. You’ll be sweet. This song was made for Mexican standoffs.

Parking Lot Experiments – I’ll Be Right Here

This song starts with a sparkling organ, and only gets more heartening from there. Flicking between lush, expansive music crafted in the magical moments just before you shut your eyes, and 8-bit sparks, Parking Lot Experiments have created their finest track to date. It’s just so intensely interesting, without being overwhelming or disturbing. It’s just a really fucking great song. Heads up indie film directors, you’ve just found your pivotal scene soundtrack.

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