The Song Of The Year category at this year’s GCMAs has offered up an outstandingly diverse array of tracks from twelve of this city’s finest musical talents. This year sponsored by CBD Live, here are the songs that will be battling it out to lay claim to the title.
Jesswar | Venom
Hip-hop femme-de-force Jesswar is a compelling presence on the music scene, with her tough as nails, righteous raps a conduit for emblazoning her proud Fijian heritage and emboldening women to stand proud and step forth. She dropped her long-awaited debut EP, ‘TROPIXX’, in March, with the track ‘Venom’ an explosive, tough as teak, ‘come and get it’ call to arms that lays down her mantra and consolidates her ever burgeoning reputation.
Peach Fur | Preloved
Much loved local four-piece Peach Fur met in high school and have since been serving up their delectable, psychedelic infused surf-pop vibes, with their 2018 seven track release ‘Doreen Drive’ reaching over 1.3 million streams. Taken from their splendid third EP, ‘Awake’, their song of the year nomination ‘Preloved’ sees the band lock into a rollicking, free spirited, cosmic jam of foot tapping, hear warming proportions.
Saint Lane | When Did We Grow Up?
Of Fijian/Kiwi descent and now calling the Gold Coast home, indie hip-hop practitioner Saint Lane channelled personal tragedy and betrayal into an uplifting and moving hip hop/roots hybrid with his magical 2020 single, ‘When Did We Grow Up’. On a bright and breezy acoustically-strummed bedrock, Saint Lane lays down his pain and redemption, rounded off by a classy vocal cameo from talented First Nations singer / songwriter Robbie Miller.
These Four Walls | White Lies
Relocating to the Gold Coast from New Zealand a few years back, where they’d forged an enviable reputation, melodic hard rock juggernaut These Four Walls put out their third full length album in April 2020. One of five singles to have already come from the album (which has amassed over 1.5 million streams to date), ‘White Lies’ locks into a punchy groove augmented by an anthemic chorus built for shout it out loud stadium rock moments.
AYA J | Shine
Innovative electro pop act AYA J consist of Singer-songwriter and Gumbaynggirr man Angus Field and American drummer Sam Miller. Forming during the pandemic, the dynamic duo have made a rapid impact, consolidated off the back of the sweet and shimmering pop sounds of their debut EP ‘Tenth Street’. Their dazzling track from the start of the year. ‘Shine’, delivers stripped back beats and a soulful, chillaxed groove complemented with a silky-smooth vocal from Angus.
Beckah Amani | Standards
With her soulful folk-pop channelling the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran and Angie McMahon, talented newcomer Beckah Amani made an instant impression on the musical universe with her jaw droppingly beautiful track, ‘Standards’. A stripped back delight that showcases her uniquely mesmerizing vocal presence, the track caught the attention of many, including international superstar, Tones and I, who went on to place it in her Instagram-based competition, That One Song.
Casey Barnes | Come Turn Me On
Country rock heavyweight and carryover GCMA Artist Of The Year Casey Barnes is a consummate performer who needs little introduction to music fans, from #1 albums on the iTunes Country Album Chart, through to ARIA nominations and tours supporting Bryan Adams and Mariah Carey. With ‘Come Turn Me On’, (which he wrote with previous collaborators Nashville-based song-writing duo Brown and Gray), Casey delivers an outstanding amalgamation of modern country and commercial pop which has seen him gain an ever-growing legion of new fans.
DVNA | All My Friends
Since boldly announcing herself with the 2018 release of her debut single, ‘Girl On The Move’, sassy electro-pop-soul chanteuse DVNA (pronounced Da-na) has continued to make all posts a winner.
She is on fact the carryover GCMA Song Of The Year title holder (for her track ‘Looking Like A Snack’) and in the past 12 months she’s once again come out with a killer new contender in the form of ‘All My Friends’, the track delivering a slinky, R&B inflected neo-soul vibe with a contemplative, emotionally charged undercurrent.
DENNIS. X FDVM | Run Little House
Yet another previous award winner (having taken out the inaugural Gold Coast Music Prize last year), electro indie-pop princess DENNIS has been going about consolidating her ever-growing reputation over the past 12 months, day-glo’ing up the airwaves and making you feel alright with the release of singles such as collaborative effort ‘What You Do’, with rapper Professor Paul. Her 2021 GCMA Song Of The Year nomination ‘Run Little House’ is a swooningly chilled and melodically bouncy collaboration with FDVM, which has hit over one million streams and counting.
Eliza and the Delusionals | Sentimental
Alternative pop-rock hit machine Eliza And The Delusionals were last year’s GCMA Breakout Artist Of The Year winners. Eliza Klatt and the boys recently stepped up and broke in the North American market off the back of brashly infectious tracks of the calibre of ‘Sentimental’, a measured, indie (power)pop hook-fest which swells and rouses in all the right places and further displays their mastery of crafting immaculate alt-rock radness.
Geniie Boy | Fool’s Play
Indie pop sweethearts (literally) Geniie Boy is a match made in heaven, melding the talents of renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott French and sassy indie-pop singer song writer Alisha Todd. This particular collaboration has an extra element of pizazz due to the fact that Alisha and Scott are also partners in life as well as music. The first fruits of their melding of art and heart took the form of a debut single entitled, ‘Fools Play’, which was produced by Scott at his Love Street Studios. The track showcases their talent for harmony-laden, danceable indie-pop framed within Alisha’s warm and distinctly Antipodean vocal stylings.
Lastlings | Take My Hand
And last (but certainly not least), electro-dance duo Lastlings (comprised of siblings Amy and Josh Dowdle), channel a classy amalgamation of moody electronica and cinematic dance-pop that has recently seen them deliver their acclaimed 2020 debut album, ‘First Contact’. With ‘Take My Hand’, the pair have sculpted an atmospheric and movingly euphoric electro-dance anthem that will make you lose control.
Song of the Year is sponsored by CBD Live.