Following a grave day on which music lost one of its relentless innovators, we didn’t trawl too far before discovering a new band who wear the influence of pop’s greatest chameleon.

Tough Uncle‘s ‘Focus’ is all about the fine balance between clarity and noise in the same vein as Berlin-era Bowie‘s ‘Heroes’, with its raspy guitars lapping at the track’s tight bassline like choppy water at the shoreline.

Amidst the beautiful struggle lies the most instantly-alluring voice we’ve heard for sometime, with frontman David John Williams straddling the gap between Future Islands‘ Samuel T. Herring and Wild Beasts‘ Tom Fleming alongside some dazzling falsettos. 

It’s his captivating delivery – over the same sort of hooky noise pop produced by fellow Aussies Foreign/National – that sets the Melbourne-based trio apart.