The Australian renaissance

australian music

Even during the golden age of Australian music, with acts such as AC/DC and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the nation was a curious footnote in a world where music is dominated by the US and the UK. But in recent years a fair share of hit singles have originated down under. Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ is one of the best selling digital singles of all time, controversial rapper Iggy Azalea has stirred up a fair bit of media attention and Sia was one of the most successful artists of 2014. Aussie rock has had a stellar year with the release of some fantastic albums from Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Holy Holy and The Paper Kites respectively. Wolfmother’s new album is due early next year, and with Triple J working hard to promote promising new artists the meteoric rise of the aussies looks set to continue. We could be set to see Australia become a major music contributor and ease the Atlantic grip on the industry. Crikey!