Both acts make solid entries in an otherwise relatively inert week
Stalwart Melburnian post-hardcore outfit Dream On, Dreamer, have nabbed the week's highest entry honours on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with their new album Songs Of Solitude coming out strongly to land the #2 spot on debut.
Local psych-rock heroes King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard aren't too far behind them, however, with fuckteenth album Paper Mache Dream Balloon coasting easily into the top 10 to land at #7 on entry. Last week's top act, The Ten Tenors, remains at #1 with Our Christmas Wish, while Courtney Barnett rides a post-J Awards, pre-ARIAs hype train to see Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit climb back inside the top five, from #6 up to #3.
Barnett's resurgence knocks Sia off her perch somewhat (though she remains a dominant presence across this and the Singles ladder; her Best Of… LP also re-enters at #18), as 1000 Forms Of Fear slips a rung to #4, while Aussie legend Russell Morris remains steady at #5 for another week with Red Dirt, Red Heart. Iconic rockers You Am I are still hanging in there, their new release Porridge & Hotsauce resting at #6 this week, down from #2, while Flight Facilities (Down To Earth), The Waifs (Beautiful You), and Hermitude (Dark Night, Sweet Light) occupy the #8-#10 slots respectively. There's one final debut for the week in the full-length stakes, with Cheap Sober's Wicked Retreat sliding into the cut-off slot at #20.
As indicated, in sheer numbers, Sia pretty much is the Singles chart — she retains five positions, or a quarter of the rankings, via Alive (#3), Bird Set Free (#5), Elastic Heart (#8), Chandelier (#9) and Big Girls Cry (#20) — but Marcus Marr & Chet Faker remain the unbeatable force, sitting atop the pile at #1 for a third week running. Vance Joy's Fire & The Flood has had a belated surge after 17 weeks on the chart to hit #2, while The Rubens' infectious hit Hoops is up a spot to #4.
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Accomplished chanteuse Emma Louise sees a positive result for recent single Underflow, leaping five spots up the ladder to hit #6, a spot ahead of Vance Joy's still-crazy-strong Riptide, at a comfy #7 after well more than two years on the chart. There are several re-entries to shake up the make-up, however, with return efforts from Wafia (Heartburn, back in the charts at #10), Mansionair (Speak Easy, returning at #17), Vance Joy (Mess Is Mine, re-entering at #18) and Slum Sociable, with All Night back in the rankings at #19.