HUSKY / SHEPPARD / HIGH HIGHS / GEORGE BYRNE / MAYA JUPITER / DJ ASHLEY FERAUDE / KID ZOOM
Central Park Mainstage (mid-park, 72nd St., Manhattan)
Headliners, and winners of Australia’s Triple J Unearthed competition – an initiative for discovering the best new Australian musical talent – Husky bring us a love for classic pop, rich harmonies, and artful songwriting. Their music is transporting and ethereal, full of haunting lyrics, rolling rhythms and delicate layers of sound. Husky travel to New York after a run of sold out shows in Australia, and major supports for the likes of Devandra Banhart and Gotye.
Founded by siblings George, Amy and Emma Sheppard, Queensland’s alternative pop band Sheppard perform with a desire to artistically and creatively express their take on the world and to engage the youth that live within it. With colourful melodies and an original style, they have amassed a strong international following and are constantly developing their local presence, bringing freshness to the international music scene with their alternative indie/pop sound and youthful vulnerability.
Oli Chang and Jack Milas started making music together as the High Highs in Sydney, Australia, while working at the same music production company. The band became an underground sensation, and has given rise to popular confusion about where they should be pigeonholed, not to mention a broad and varied list of published comparisons likening them to Simon & Garfunkel, because of their very quiet singer-song writing approach but with an occasional borderline-psychedelic sound or an ambient Hall & Oates. The bands brand of music includes tracks of sparse, ineffable beauty, featuring exquisite falsetto harmonies, an extraordinary blend of acoustic-guitar textures and synthesized atmospherics. At once ancient and modern, intimate and otherworldly, High Highs is so uniquely spellbinding, it’s sure to establish the young trio as pack leaders among 2012’s new breed.