Well, it’s certainly been a BUMPER year for music here in our part of the world with homegrown acts releasing top-quality tunes at a cracking pace.
Honestly, anyone who claims that Newy music is a shadow of its former self obviously has been living under a rock for the year because 2019 has been a Newcastle music lover’s delight.
In that spirit, and after much deliberation and head-scratching, we here at Newcastle Live have compiled our top ten best Newy songs of the year. Given that music is a highly subjective beast, this is in no way a definitive ‘list’ but merely a document of the tunes that have really gloated ou boat over the last 12 months.
So, without further ado…here is our top ten best Newcastle tunes for 2019. Let us know yours in the comments below.
Here’s to an even bigger and better 2020!
10. Are We Wasted – The Gooch Palms
There’s a lot to love about The Goochies 2019 slab III, not least of which this absolute barn burner!
This is lo-fi garage rock meeting punk rock in all the right way and when it comes to choruses that grab you and refuse to let go, this one with have to be pretty close to the top of the list
9. Gun Club Road – East Coast Low
If it’s driving rock and roll with more than a smattering of punk rock sensibility thrown in for good measure that you’re after, then you’d do well to get this track into your ears immediately.
8. Prosecco – Rachel Maria Cox
This dancefloor filler from Rachel Maria Cox is filled with more pop energy, 80s-soaked drums and perfectly-placed handclaps than you can poke a stick at.
Whoever said disco sucks has obviously never heard this absolute gem of a tune.
7. Bless This Mess – Bravo Victor
This track is a great example of what can be achieved with just the bare essentials.
Sleek and sassy, Bless This Mess is a perfect example of Sophie Aked’s stunning, soaring vocals and Johno Burgess’s prodigious bass playing.
6. I’ll Be Coming Home Soon – Glovers Lane
Honestly, this track from Glovers Lane contains more hooks than Rex Hunt’s tacklebox.
With a rolling keys line, catchy AF chorus and a healthy smattering of humour thrown in for good measure, there is a palpable sense of revisionism meeting modernity with this brilliant number.
Check it out!
5. Just Like Superman – Boots Porter
Boots Porter is one Newcastle songwriter who isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his lyrical sleeve and we’re all the better for it.
This beautifully constructed alt.country tune recalls the likes of early Wilco, Son Volt and even a mellow Drive By Truckers with an unmistakeable Antipodean bent.
4. Same Skin – Amy Vee
It had been a long time between musical drinks for Amy Vee with her last album Fits and Starts dropping back in 2013, but her 2019 effort, Same Skin was definitely worth the wait
The album’s title track is a beguiling slice of neo-folk and stellar example of the musical and lyrical maturity contained on the album.
3. Mango – Oscar’s Dad
One of the biggest surprises of 2019 for us was the emergence of Oscar’s Dad.
Essentially a side project of Mousemoon and Main Guy And The Other Guys bod Erling “The Duke” Grønhaug based on tunes written for his son, Oscar’s Dad came out of the gate strong this year with Paper Planes and this absolute fruity banger Mango.
This ukulele-soaked pean to everyone’s favourite ‘fruity meat’ is an absolute earworm and the accompanying clip is just…well, adorable!
Do the tango mango tango!
2. Cage – Cooks & Bakers
Stunning production, a guitar line that is bound to live long in the memory and a tacit understanding of dynamics are what put Cooks & Bakers Cage on this list.
Definitely a standout amoung standouts for 2019, Cage features one of the most memorable choruses this writer has heard this year.
If you haven’t heard these guys yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice!
1. Shadow Lover – Lachlan X Morris
This track from prolific sonic adventurist Lachlan X Morris has been on high rotation here at Newcastle Live since it was released back in September.
The song bristles with glorious synth lines, shimmering guitars and one of the catchiest choruses this writer has heard for quite some time.
Think the likes of ELO, Wings or even Sydney based vintage rockers I Know Leopard as a reference.
Also, do yourself a favour and check out Lachlan’s 2019 album release Mood Bullet.
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