With ten years to its name, Triple J’s Unearthed High has uncovered some of the best talent in Australian music. Take a look at the scene at the moment and many acts have either won the comp or made it through as finalists. The finals are already underway for this year but before we look at that, let’s check out five of the best acts to come from the competition.
Winning the same year that had Hockey Dad as a finalist, Melbourne’s Japanese Wallpaper was against some serious talent. Breathe In ft. Wafia scored him the win, with its simplistic melody supported by Wafia’s blissful vocals. He’s since seen only praises for his music from the likes of Chet Faker and Lorde (decent company that). No new music has surfaced since 2016, but you can drop a listen to his recent remix of Homemade Dynamite by Lorde (it’s a choon and a half).
Winning Unearthed High is sick, being the first hip hop act to do so is killing it. Arno Faraji has only been in the game for a relatively short time, but his flow and futuristic beats on Destiny spearheaded him to the top of the competition. His latest tune, Bless (What It’s Like) is a smooth serving of Aussie hip hop which features Remi and Sensible J. The track has set a high benchmark for all of Arno’s future tunes.
Amy, Hannah, Holly and Sarah Findlay are the powerhouse rock band that took out Unearthed High in 2010. Since then, they have played the likes of Glastonbury Festival in the U.K, supported the iconic Fleetwood Mac on their Australian tour and cemented themselves as a prime Australian rock export. Now with three albums to their name, it’s best to start with their self-titled debut from 2013, to sample their psych-pop-origin. Once you get familiar, slide into the prog-rock goodness of Far From Earth.
2016 saw Melbourne’s Gretta Ray take out Unearthed High with her idyllic track Drive. The track was so well received that it placed 27 in the Hottest 100 of the same year. Her folk-rock sounds oozes with familiarity – covering themes of love, relationships and most importantly, self. A new EP is in the works and Radio Silence is the latest track from it, be sure to give it a listen, it bleeds relatable emotion.
Taking out the comp in 2012 (the same year that had Montaigne as a finalist), Asta is now a pop staple of the Aussie music scene. She’s provided her voice to producers such as Set Mo, Yeo and Bliss N Eso’s own ESOTERIK. Not to mention her own killer electronic pop offering, including the infectious Shine EP. Things have been quiet for this Tassie-native though after a recent writing trip abroad, so we can surely expect new tunes in the near future.
Image Source: Emma McEvoy Photography / Gretta Ray Facebook