The Big Read

Ruel: “I don’t set myself goals ever. I just do everything when it comes and feels right”

Ruel lost touch with real life – until the pandemic let him become a kid again. NME goes on set with the 20-year-old popstar for his debut album ‘4th Wall’, which was inspired by ‘The Truman Show’, Elliott Smith and a Schoolies trip

The 25 best Australian albums of 2022

Personal missives, passionate explorations of culture, fiery manifestos against the status quo… here are the records that took our breath away this year

The 50 best albums of 2022

The year was filled with superb albums, and these 50 were NME’s favourites

Ninajirachi: “Magic is around all of us all the time, if we’re open to it”

Natural meets digital on Nina Wilson’s debut mixtape ‘Second Nature’, where boundary-breaking electronic pop is the vehicle for a reverent, cerebral spirituality

Confidence Man: “Our live shows? It’s all the fun without any faff”

Light-up bras, champagne popping and heart-racing dance moves: the Aussie band’s gloriously fun live show makes for an unmissable night out. NME heads backstage on the year’s wildest tour

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard: “If something is shit and no one likes it, you just put out another one the next month”

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard are releasing three albums in one month and playing the biggest shows of their career. NME catches up with them on the road to talk the Coltranian complexity of new album ‘Changes’, prolificacy over perfectionism, and their glorious jam band era

Parkway Drive: “It felt like a sledgehammer had been taken to all of our worlds”

While making their seventh album, ‘Darker Still’, Parkway Drive were pushed to the brink of destruction. They tell NME how group therapy saved them, and what lessons their story holds for men, music and metal in Australia and beyond

Julia Jacklin: “If I’m going to be singing about someone, it’s got to come from a place of wanting to be closer”

One of Australia’s most understated yet vital songwriters explores sexuality and shame through “big feelings and big sounds” on her third album ‘Pre Pleasure’

King Stingray: “We’re full of love in our heart – that makes us believe in ourselves”

The ascendant Yolŋu surf rockers are carrying on the legacy of Yothu Yindi with heartfelt, hooky songs about home, community and country

Sampa The Great: “Music is the one thing that is supposed to be the truth”

Sampa Tembo tells NME about new album ‘As Above, So Below’ and its driving force and guiding “mentality”, Eve