Tom Walters

Cool Sounds – ‘Bystander’ review: Melbourne six-piece ponder the world’s problems on their best album yet

The indie pop band channel the barroom Americana of Silver Jews as Dainis Lacey ruminates on everything from right-wing extremism to his own white privilege

STUMPS – ‘All Our Friends’ review: Nostalgic ode to indie disco of the aughts

The Sydney three-piece channel Two Door Cinema Club and Bloc Party in a fun album that evokes sticky club floors and late-night singalongs

Surprise Chef – ‘Daylight Savings’ review: A soul-funk soundtrack to rejuvenate a beleaguered Melbourne

The instrumental band bring uplifting jazz-funk optimism to a city in need of some healing