Top 10 Up-and-Coming Australian Acts

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Emma Louise

Emma Louise

Emma Louise has captivated many Australians with her amazing indie-pop style of music. Breaking through with her single “Jungle” in 2012, she was propelled into the industry faster than many that have proceeded her. She was signed by a European record label and also went onto win the song of the year at the Queensland Music Awards. More recently, she has just completed an Album Preview Tour in Australia, and is now set for a major tour of North America featuring locations such as Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and SXSW in Austin.

Her album was just released a few days ago and looks set to be one of the best Australian releases of 2013.

Fishing

Fishing

When Australia needed a group of producers to fill the ever-growing gap in the futurebeat scene, Fishing came to the rescue. Originating from the Blue Mountains in Sydney, this sharp young duo got their break supporting acts like SBTRKT, Cloud Control and Jonathan Boulet, but while they share a lot in common with their predecessors, the duo have a distinctly original sound.

When listening to Fishing, you can expect solid, beat driven sounds with a very pure oceanic flavour. These guys are sure to have your head nodding continuously, and your feet tapping all day.

George Maple

George Maple

Originating from Australia, but now based out of London, George Maple is potentially one of the next biggest things in music. Having already worked with a stellar group of producers in the past, you can clearly see that she has picked up some techniques to help deliver a high level of quality throughout her music.

A few key elements of her music include minimalistic beats and her soulfully soaring vocals, which are effortless paired up to the backdrop. When these combine, we are left with a captivating piece of art that you can’t help but be drawn into.

2013 is gearing up to be her defining year, and with a few highly anticipated productions already lined-up, it very well should be!

Nantes

Nantes

Sydney’s alternative-rock outfit, Nantes, have been hitting their stride recently, recieving regular airtime on Australian radio broadcaster Triple J.

Defining themselves as having hypnotic synth lines, driving bass, droning vocals and defiant apathy, they have captured the imagination of many audiences around Australia with their irresistibly fun sound.

These guys are a must listen if you are a fan of The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, or Joy Division. After a important 2012, they are releasing their debut album Beingsbeing in March 2013. Many believe this album has what it takes to propel Nantes onto the international stage, and so do we.

Oliver Tank

Oliver Tank

Twenty-three year-old Oliver Tank is from Sydney, Australia. Having already been compared by many to the likes of James Blake and Bon Iver it is easy to understand why he is generating such hype.

Describing himself as having a very dreamy sound, Oliver Tank incorporates strong electronic principles and smooth vocals to create an overall inspired piece of music. While his EP, Dreams, was a striking look into Tank‘s deep ethereal thoughts, his most recent release — a remix of Snoop Dogg‘s “Drop it Like it’s Hot” — hints at a much more epic sound that we look forward to hearing in the future.

San Mei

San Mei

Emily Hamilton, under the stage name San Mei, has released some quite stunning tunes in recent months. Managing to mix indie-pop with next level electronica, Mei has been able to arrive at a delicious final product, driven by lush, layered beats and creamy vocals that much akin to dream-pop.

This sound is highly unique, and just seems so natural. There is no limit to where San Mei could go with this. She will no doubt draw many comparisons with Lana Del Rey when she reaches the international stage — not a band comparison if you ask us.

Seekae

Seekae

Ever since forming in 2006, Seekae have been experimenting in electronic music. “Ghetto Ambient” as they like to call it, fuses elements of IDM, hip-hop, indie-pop and ambient post-rock for an interesting and very organic final product.

Their live show incorporates live instrumentals and pre-programmed sections for a truly unique experience, which saw them win the award for Best Live Act at Sydney’s 2009 Music Arts and Culture Awards.

The Griswolds

The Griswolds

Indie-pop with a distinct Australian flavour is what you can expect from these guys. Their chorus’ and tunes will have you tapping your feet and your head bobbing. Judging by what we saw on their debut EP, H E A R T O F A L I O N, we can expect to see more psychedelic rock anthems with playfully executed percussion, quirky vocals, and an overall charisma we have come to expect from fun-looking dudes.

The Jungle Giants

The Jungle Giants

Breaking through with the help of Triple J Unearthed in Australia, The Jungle Giants have continued their stellar climb. The pop quartet are known for high energy performances and have toured with other notable Australian acts such as Boy and Bear, Last Dinosaurs, Ball Park Music and San Cisco.

Catchy, inspired hooks, powerful beats, and easy to relate with material is sure to win them new fans wherever they go.

The Medics

The Medics

Formed in the Tropical North of Australia, The Medics have steadily achieved an impressive repertoire of music and awards. Like many other indie-rock outfits they achieved notoriety through radio broadcaster Triple J in Australia.

Their music is a form of effortless mayhem combined with wiry vocals. What we get from this unique sounding band, are truly amazing, energy filled songs with a distinct Australian flavour. What better example of this than their entire debut album Foundations which was released in 2012. Building off the album they played a string of festivals and toured with a range of well known Australian artists including Birds of Tokyo and Gypsy and the Cat.

Time will tell if these guys go international, but there is definitely a market out there for them.