Meet your 2016 Unearthed High finalists!
It's an exciting time to be a fan of Australian music.
Here at Unearthed, we've locked ourselves away for the past month, listening to more than a thousand Unearthed High uploads from some of the biggest young creative brains in the country. We've copped entries from every state and territory in the country, been impressed and inspired and proud and jealous of the incredible talent coming into our ears each day. There have been copious highlights. Whittling them down to a final five was an arduous exercise because of the sheer volume of amazing new artists we're stoked to be able to support.
Finally, we're ready. Are you? It's time to meet your five Unearthed High finalists for 2016.
Seemingly possessed by the spirit of Kevin Parker, 16 year old Carl Renshaw handcrafts warped masterpieces from his bedroom foreshadowing the rise of Australia’s next psych-rock genius.
18 year old Gretta Ray delivers a one-two punch on the listener’s ears with a voice that’s like thick dripping honey and remarkable lyrical maturity through intelligent turns of phrase.
Comprised of 16 year old singer Amy Dowdle and older brother Joshua, Lastlings have been impressing everyone with their soaring electronic hook-fests, including a support slot on Glass Animals’ 2016 Australian tour.
The production guise of 17 year old Nina Wilson from the NSW Central Coast, Ninajirachi’s music whirs to life with waves of futuristic bass and the kind of sharp twists and turns that speak to her incredible potential.
Tia Gostelow popped onto our radar 18 months ago as part of folk duo Tia & Jack. ‘State Of Art’ is Tia’s assured debut solo offering, showcasing the 16 year old’s arresting voice and serious songwriting chops. Tia is also the winner of this year's Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative and will receive ongoing mentoring from the Association of Artist Managers (AAM), as well as a songwriting workshop at her school with the APRA AMCOS Songmakers program.
Who should win? Tell us what you reckon of our finalists over here. You'll meet our overall winner on triple j Breakfast with Matt and Alex next week.