After releasing Round Three of SXSW Showcasing Artists last month, reports quickly surfaced that a record number of Australian acts will be making their way to the SXSW Music Festival this March. Australia has always been well-represented at South By, so it was only fitting that we dedicate at least one edition of Four on the Floor to some of the more interesting and obscure talent coming up from Down Under.
Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy walks an entertaining line between folk and pop. His song “Riptide” was picked up by a talent scout at Atlantic Records last year, which eventually led to him signing a five-album deal with the major label.
RIYL: Half Moon Run, Jake Bugg
A band that marries unconventional blues rock tones with lo fi garage rock production, The Growl will be making their journey to Austin from Fremantle, Western Australia this March. Last year, The Growl supported fellow Aussies Tame Impala on tour and released their debut album What Would Christ Do??
RIYL: The Black Keys, Jack White
Twenty-two year old singer-songwriter Brooke Addamo, aka Owl Eyes, is reportedly creating quite a buzz in Melbourne with her upbeat, dreamy pop jams. Owl Eyes has released three EPs and a full-length album, 2013’s Nightswim, since 2010.
RIYL: Alpine, Emma Louise
It’s next to impossible not to move when listening to Lime Cordiale’s poppy beach rock, which oftentimes includes subtle elements of reggae and funk. The Sydney duo fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach released their Falling Up The Stairs EP in North America this year.
RIYL: Family of the Year, The Mowgli's
Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.
Vance Joy photo by An Architect Photographed My Undies
The Growl photo courtesy of the artist
Owl Eyes photo courtesy of the artist
Lime Cordiale photo courtesy of the artist