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The Smashing Pumpkins, Peach PRC & More: This Week's Best New Music

3 February 2023 | 5:10 pm | Emma Whines

Each week we track down the best new music and curate it into our 'Hit List' playlist for all our readers to enjoy. Today, we've selected our top picks of the week to celebrate the songs that stood out in the crowd.

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Peach PRC - Perfect For You

Peach PRC continues her bubble gum pop supremacy with her new single, Perfect For You, which details a messy love triangle and Peach's signature sweet vocals. Some fans might notice that the song pays tribute to Paris Hilton’s gold-certified 2006 smash Stars Are Blind, whom Peach recently went viral with after posting the song on Tik Tok. Perfect For You is the perfect gay anthem filled with 80's disco beats and sparkling synths, creating the perfect pop song. Peach, as always, creates a magnificent story with her lyrics, detailing a complex love triangle. It's clear this new hit will be a highlight at the World Pride Closing Concert, where Peach is performing. 

daine - portal

Hyper-pop, emo underdog daine is making waves with new single portal. Switching between hyper-pop and heavy emo music, daine has been keeping us on our toes, but this single is a little different, leaning more towards the emo vibe. A '90s guitar riff lays the bed for a distorted vocal melody before things calm down for the first verse. The calm doesn't last long though, and soon enough, Daine takes us into a crashing and emotional chorus. It's punchy and intense; it's daine at their best, and we hope they continues to tip even more towards a pop-punk emo centre artist. 

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RAYE - Ice Cream Man.

RAYE had a whopper of a year in 2022, and deservedly so. Her unreal vocal ability and her knack for storytelling saw her hit with 070 Shakes, Escapism, climb up the charts and stay there, granting the song Gold certification. Her newest single, Ice Cream Man. doesn't follow the sassy and exciting premise that Escapism does, but it's sure to captivate audiences in a different, more heartfelt way. The lyrics "I'm a woman, a very fucking strong woman" summarise the song best, as RAYE discusses the abuse and mistreatment that she's suffered within the industry, specifically relating to being a woman. RAYE exposes her experiences candidly, over the top of slow synths and a mellow electronic beat. Any person, gender aside, will relate to this song, as it invites you in and makes you feel like you're a friend that RAYE has confided in.

Goanna, Moss, Tasman Keith, William Barton - Solid Rock

The legendary band Goanna have teamed up with three First Nation legends - Moss, Tasman Keith and William Barton - to recreate their iconic song, Solid Rock. Sometimes recreations lose the magic that existed in the original single, but luckily that's not the case here. Moss, proud Wadawurrung man, has flipped the original song on its head with some tasteful electronic editions, bringing the song into the year 2023. Tasman Keith contributes a new verse that adds the much-needed indigenous perspective, and Keith has put his heart and soul into the lyrics, emulating majors like Kendrick Lamar. William Barton lays out his talents clearly in his additions with his didgeridoo. Overall the song is brilliant and a fresh new take on a classic that is as important as it is beloved. For listeners who are die-hard fans of the original, we suggest going in with an open mind for this new version. 

The Smashing Pumpkins - Empires

The Smashing Pumpkins have gifted us part II of their highly anticipated three-part rock-opera extravaganza ATUM, which features stand-out track Empires. Starting with distorted guitar riffs that shuffle from one ear to the other (best listened to on a good quality sound system or headphones), a feeling of excitement and anarchy is promised. The band continues to deliver - staying true to their rock-opera promise with soaring vocals and stunning backing vocals that give a dark gothic feel. Heavy guitars and vocals from lead singer Billy Corgan bring the song back into rock territory and give it a more rounded feeling. Aussie fans will adore this track when it debuts at The World Is A Vampire Festival in April. 

You can listen to the Hit List playlist featuring all the above songs and more on Apple Music or Spotify. We also have our Underground playlists that showcase the best of Australia's emerging artists. Find them here.