Set to carry on the very solid legacy established over the past few years by names like Montaigne, Stonefield, Japanese Wallpaper and last year’s winner Gretta Ray, triple j’s Unearthed High ‘Class of 2017’ has been revealed, with five acts being hand-picked as finalists from over 1000 acts.
First up is Arno Faraji of Shenton College in Perth, nominated for his track ‘Destiny’s’, with the station describing him as “one of the most exciting young hip hop artists in the country, with his keen, future-leaning productions only matched by his whip smart raps and oozing charisma.”
Next we have a name who might already be familiar to some as a finalist from last year’s comp, Ninajirachi of Gosford High School in Gosford NSW, who brings a new track called ‘Pure Luck’ (Ft. Freya Staer).
“Backing up her 2016 Unearthed High finalist appearance, Nina returns with another high-quality production earning wide spread praise and a spot on the 2017 Listen Out lineup,” triple j says “And all that on the cusp of turning 18!”
Out of Darwin High School with a track named ‘Hell In Every Religion’ is Stevie Jean, with a voice described by triple j as “unstoppable”.
“The 17-year-old marries that immense voice with songwriting that is ignited with raw emotional power,” they say. “It’ll have you in a sweat by the time its four minutes are up, demanding you to experience it again.”