If 2019 was Tyne-James Organ's breakout year, then this year only promises to see him conquer the world. The Wollongong upstart, who first emerged in 2017 and bounded into the spotlight last year with his debut EP Persevere, has returned with his new single 'Hold Me Back', a fiery track that might just be the finest of his burgeoning career.
Written by Tyne-James after witnessing a female friend being assaulted on a night out, 'Hold Me Back' delivers a powerful message, juggling heat-of-the-moment anger with calculated sensibility to depict a harrowing incident that's all too familiar for many. It shows a huge degree of maturity for Tyne-James Organ, and poises him as one of the most promising Australian singer-songwriters on the scene today.
Raised among surf and sand on the coast of New South Wales, Tyne-James Organ's also quite a music buff, and by all accounts, has his finger on the pulse of all the best tunes from the area. To get to know his tastes a bit better, we hit up Tyne-James Organ to find out about some of his favourite bands from around Australia.
TJO: "These guys are some of my best mates from Wollongong who I grew up with. Learnt a lot from the lead singer Zach Gervaise over the years - I’m obsessed with his songwriting.
"These guys make some heartfelt rock music. To be honest, I’m shit with genres so rock might be wrong, but their music is fucking amazing. Definitely a band I wouldn’t sleep on. I’ve had a sneak peek at some of their new tunes coming this year and all I can say is BE READY. GOSH are coming!"
TJO: "The talent Sycco has is scary. As soon as I first heard her single ‘Nicotine' I instantly became hooked. The phrasing, melodies and lyrics hit me hard every time. Fun fact; I swear she plays every bloody instrument under the sun. I’m very jealous of it. I find Sycco’s music very dreamy and I feel hopeful after every listen."
TJO: "More hot topic from Wollongong! These guys came on tour with me back in 2017 and they are a bunch of legends. Fucking funny too. Watching them develop these last few years has been a great watch and they’ve got big things coming I can feel it.
"It’s sick seeing people starting to really engage with what they’re doing. Their fashion is bullshit good too which in my opinion is a big bonus."
TJO: "I only first heard of this guy a few months back but his single ’Slow’ is something special. As a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer, Hauskey has a bunch under his belt. I hear similar sounds to artists like Rex Orange County, but in his own unique way. I love it. Can’t wait to hear more!!!"
TJO: "I love Hallie’s music. Honesty rings in my ears when I listen. Her voice is stunning and her songwriting is well beyond her years. I can’t wait to see her set live. She has some wild merch, I recommend checking out her socks! They’re very, very dope.
"Brisbane has a crazy scene right now and I think Hallie is going to blow before anyone realises it. Don’t sleep on it."
Listen to Tyne-James Organ's new single 'Hold Me Back'.