Australia’s southern city boomed more than 150 years ago when a goldrush made the little outpost on the coastline flourish into the metropolis we know and love. It’s one of the busiest cities in the southern hemisphere, and it’s got a vibrant music scene to go with it.

With iconic musicians like Brody Dalle and Flea calling it a hometown, and Mushroom Records operating out of the city for decades, Melbourne’s not short of great music. But there’s something twee in the air down under at the moment.

Are the Aussies are really getting a taste for hairclips and libraries? See if you agree with us after checking out this week’s three free downloads.

The Good China

Artist: The Good China

Track: “All Nothing”

Sounds like: An explosion of hair clips in the music room

For fans of: Los Campesinos!, The Apples in Stereo,  Tilly And The Wall

Red Ink

Artist: Red Ink

Track: “Battle Scars

Sounds like: A grumpy teenager sneering on a beach

For fans of: Green Day, The Killers, The Cure

Summer Cats

Artist: Summer Cats

Track: “Hey You

Sounds like: Sex Bob-Omb made flesh and blood

For fans of: Stereolab, The Go Betweens, Sonic Youth

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