2019 CORNER AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
The Corner has revealed the eight artists shortlisted to be in the running to take home the 2019 edition of the Corner Award. Celebrating the cream of the local musical crop, the award aims to celebrate artists seen to be leading the charge into a bright, innovative and exciting future for Australian music.
A specially selected brains trust of representatives from all facets of the industry have worked tirelessly to whittle the longlist down to just a small handful of nominees. From these, one will be awarded the coveted prize and join the ranks of previous recipients Sampa The Great, Cable Ties and Baker Boy who’ve gone on to take on international tours, release amazing debut albums and more.
The 2019 Corner Award recipient will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS (TAS)
Rough, abrasive and wonderfully charismatic, this crew is a garage dream. Four piece A. Swayze & the Ghosts make raw, unhinged and urgent punk and continue to carve out a name for themselves through their explosive and often unpredictable live shows. Front man Andrew Swayze sings with a delicious ferocity and honesty that’s sure to stick to the ribs. Together, they’re a chaotic, energetic refreshment.
Nothing can stop Sydney-based producer and vocalist CLYPSO, who has continued to catapult upwards following the release of her debut EP ‘Cameo’ this year. Effortlessly blending jungle beats with Afropunk inspired electronica and a decent chunk of tropical lyricism, it’s truly impossible not to get low and loose to CLYPSO. De-stress to the sweet, carefree, sunny hits that’ll have you craving a sandy vacation and a juicy bev.
ELECTRIC FIELDS (SA)
Electric Fields are two feminine brothers merging ancient Anangu culture with modern electronic soul. Made up of vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding and keyboard player and producer Michael Ross, Electric Fields have created a heart-wrenchingly beautiful coming together of traditional culture with electronic music. Life giving, joyful, warm, punchy production meets delicious harmonic perfection from another planet. They boast a selection of absolute jams, drenched in synth and bass. A dream.
EMERSON SNOWE (QLD)
Emerson Snowe is the solo moniker of Brisbane singer, writer, artist, poet and multi-instrumentalist and artist Jarrod Mahon (formerly of legendary pop quartet, The Creases). This prolific project showcases a more autobiographical, personal and significantly darker side of the musician, touching on a tender vulnerability that’s both recognisable and unpredictable. Wrap yourself up with this warm and fuzzy nostalgia.
A force to be reckoned with, Kwame has proved himself time and time again to be a leading voice of hip hop in this country. With a presence fit to easily take on the largest of international stages without breaking a single sweat, he possesses the drive, talent, hard work and skill to be a true king of the craft. Writer, producer, rapper, insane live performer – he’s 100% got it all.
MOANING LISA (ACT)
Moaning Lisa is the perfect product of four Canberra-based music grads who find purpose in making loud noises together. Taking cues from the likes of Wolf Alice and Pixies, their music operates on the edge of the grunge genre: somewhere between composed restraint and fuzzed-out, life-affirming alt rock. They continue to go from strength to strength in their live performances and are set to soon dive straight into writing a new album after 12 months of touring. A powerhouse team.
ROZA TERENZI (VIC)
Roza Terenzi’s productions are super slick and give pride of place to pounding beats that brim with rhythmic drive and gritty synth. With early beginnings in making music from a young age, her innate talent, drive and skill as an artist continue to evolve insanely. The dream solution to kicking any dance floor into total overdrive, Roza Terenzi’s hits are the raucous remedy for monotony.
ZEITGEIST FREEDOM ENERGY EXCHANGE (VIC)
Their delicious concoction of syncopation and sweet soul melodies as seen Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange set their own bar in Melbourne and beyond. Brimming with virtuosic instrumentation, each track and live performance is an exploration of absolutely insane ideas, bubbling over with enviable skill - in both improv and musicality. They’re the perfect combination of skill and speed, talent and tastefulness that’ll make you wish you paid more attention in music class.