Australia is rich in several goods…especially music!
This post comes to us from our FP Australia Contributor, Miann!
A few summers ago I curated a playlist for Free People with my favourite Australian artists; some old, most new. Brimming with pride for my talented brothers and sisters across this great land down under, I’m stoked to reveal it’s still the most popular playlist on the FP Spotify account, though I won’t take any of the credit.
Much like our fashion and style exports, our perplexing sense of humor and our Vegemite, our music has a unique flavour all of its own. Injected with a quintessentially Australian positive energy and spontaneity, and (for those not born here an often hard to detect) tongue-in-cheek humorous undertone.
Australia is a country rich in diversity, culturally and geographically; a richness embodied in our music which embraces all genres and styles is both steeped in tradition, and at the forefront of innovation and experimentation. When Flume exploded onto the scene in 2011, his genre revealed to teenagers with laptops a possibility to turn into overnight electronic music producers, while independent record labels like Future Classic represent artists at the forefront of a music genre burgeoning out of Australia onto the world stage. We’re also particularly known for our indie and alternative scenes, historically a function of being a small country distant from major overseas markets.
So it’s these two opposing genres (which, when combined, their whole is greater than the sum of their parts) that my playlist celebrates. The journey begins in a lush electronic garden of atmospheric sounds, catchy beats, , intricate melodies and feel-good vibrations. As the vocals to take on a sensual appeal and the beat begins to slow, downtempo electropop paves the way for the barefooted boys with long hair to step in and pluck their acoustic guitars as their powerful angelic voices descend to a gentle whisper.
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