Underground Playlists: New Music From Emerging Talent Laurie Cave, Matahara & More

14 March 2023 | 2:45 pm | Emma Whines

Underground Playlists are back and better than ever, thanks to the legends at Mountain Goat Beer. In fact, we’ve decided to pick out our favourite tracks each week and share them with you, so you can get to know the best of the bunch and keep your finger on the pulse. Here are this week's top picks for our Underground Playlists...

More Matahara More Matahara

Laurie Cave (VIC)

‘Nobody Could Ever Love You’ 

Laurie Cave has smashed onto the scene with his debut single Nobody Could Ever Love You, which brings a jovial vibe to a pretty heavy theme. Diving into the story of a tumultuous relationship where the love is one-sided, Cave reflects on how he would do things differently if he had his time again. Filled with upbeat drums, smashing guitars, and a strong feeling of relief, Cave’s debut resembles Gang Of Youths with a more positive spark. We can’t wait to see what he does next. 

Matahara (VIC)

‘Dial Me Up’ 

Don't miss a beat with our FREE daily newsletter

Matahara is a majorly talented Indonesian/Australian artist - Her name is a spin on "Matahari" meaning "the sun" in her native tongue so it’s fitting that her music feels like a welcome dose of vitamin D. Working with Nick Littlemore (PNAU, Empire Of The Sun) to produce Dial Me Up, the singer-songwriter has delivered a masterclass in how to create a summery pop bop with a funky edge. Sparkly synths dance around Mataharas buttery vocals as she sings about a dreamy crush. Although Dial Me Up keeps in theme with her previous releases, the single shows a more thought-out songwriting style, that embodies both a crafted and relaxed style. 

Em George (NSW)


NSW singer-songwriter Em George is back with another considerate and thought-provoking single titled, Home. Originally releasing singles in a classic folk style, this new single focuses on modernity with George bringing us a stylistic and well-produced ballad, that speaks of an introspective journey of self-worth. Still holding on to the acoustic guitar and slow-swing beats, she experiments with her vocals and songwriting, letting the emotion carry her, and the result is beautiful. Fans of OG Deltra Goodrum or Florence + The Machine will fall in love with this track. 


‘If The Sun Had A Face’ 

SUNNY TRACKS have shared their second-ever single If The Sun Had A Face channelling major feel-good vibes that will have you dancing for hours. Melodic guitar riffs and funky bass riffs leave room for The Clash inspired droning vocals that definitely place the boys in indie rock territory. Similar to the aforementioned Matahara, these guys are oozing sunshine and good vibes with their upbeat tunes. 

Raph (NSW)


Raph has released his first single for 2023, GREENER, a simple but emotion-filled electronic ballad, that lulls the listener into a sweet trance. Super-deep vocals glide over cinematic soundscapes while heavy beats thump in the background. Raph proved his talent with his previous singles, but GREENER is on another level despite the stripped-back feeling it carries. Complete with the classic voicemail sample at the end, Raph has entered his slay era. 

You can listen to all of our Underground Playlists here.