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New Music – Transviolet, Jaala, Kamau

New bands for you to wow about from Los Angeles, Melbourne and Brooklym

Jaala singer Cosima Jaala

Thu, Oct 1, 2015, 09:43


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.


“Bloodstream” is the sort of tune you can imagine featuring on all kinds of TV ads, promos and sports montages in the coming months. It’s the work of New York-born, Los Angeles-based four-piece Transviolet, an act who’ve found a happy spot for themselves blending smouldering emotional melodrama wth brilliant electro-rock hooks and riffs.


From Melbourne, Jaala are a band with great designs in mind. Debut track – and title track of the four-piece’s forthcoming debut album – “Hard Hold” is a wonderfully weird specimen, a track full of oddball jangles, kooky jazz angles and lead vocalist Cosima Jaala’s attractively idiosyncratic and powerful voice. Hit in the alternative universe we call home


Brooklyn dude Kamau’s walk on the wild side for “Jusfayu” is a bit of a thriller, a track where his layered, soulful vocals glide cheek-to-cheek with some adventurous production and percussive raw power. A hugely inventive and charming piece of work.