What was new in music this week?

What was new in music this week?
Kylie Minogue. Photo: By Renan Katayama - 14 - Kylie Minogue, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Kylie Minogue has fully committed to the country vibe in her new album along with new releases from City Calm Down and Alison Wonderland.

Kylie Minogue is keeping everyone happy with a new adventure that is meeting everyone’s current demands with a little bit of country while Alison Wonderland and City Calm Down return with some of their best work yet.

Kylie Minogue – Golden

The Aussie sweetheart has taken a whole new direction with her latest album dipping into the increasingly popular country market with her country pop themed album, Golden.

The change was needed with Minogue struggling to make it to the top of the pop charts despite her quality still shining through in her singles Get Outta My Way and Into the Blue. This new album certainly doesn’t stray too far away from the Kylie we know and love but she had added subtle changes and a slightly more disco edge to her songs.

Don’t think that she had gone full country with Golden as songs like Dancing and the highlight of the album A Lifetime to Repair still ensuring you’re out of your seat grooving along. The new twist suits her voice and ensures that we still get a little bit of a throwback to the Kylie of old.

Alison Wonderland – Awake

Alison Wonderland is a local star and she probably doesn’t get the plaudits she deserves. Not just a DJ but also a producer and a singer she is one of the biggest talents coming out of the Australia right now.

Her new album Awake is the perfect building block from her 2015 release Run which reached as high as number six here in Australia. The album also achieved a certified gold status from ARIA highlighting her success. This was followed by a top 100 rank in 2017 for DJ Mags Top 100 DJ’s.

The new album follows her previous trend of a strong mix of electronic and trap wound together by various dark and unsettling beats. She has worked with people from The Weekend’s camp as well as Chicago rapper Chief Keef throughout the album and is sure to bring the house down.

City Calm Down – Echoes in Blue

Just their second full length album and their first in three years, City Calm Down are back on the scene and have brought with them some addictive new songs. The highlight of the new album is undoubtedly Blood which builds plenty of tension before a free-falling release. There is plenty to love about the Melbourne band’s new album and  fans won’t be disappointed.