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Southern Halo – Self-Titled

“Little White Dress,” the opening track of the self-titled debut album by Southern Halo, begins with 16 seconds of a cappella singing, establishing right off the bat what this group is all about – great vocals. This trio of teenage sisters – lead singer Natalia Morris and her harmonizing younger sisters, Christina and Hannah – conjures instant comparisons to SHeDAISY or the Dixie Chicks. Add in…
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Major Leagues – Dream States

Since their debut EP Weird Season back in 2013, ripe Brisbane quartet Major Leagues from have been mashing up some indie slacker surf jams true to the Queensland mantra of leisurely living. After unwavering support from Australian local radio for Weird Season across 2013 and 2014, and a year of constant touring in 2015 with stints alongside the likes of San Cisco and …
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Tanzer – Four Love Songs

Hayley Tanzer is a musical force, the type of artist who storms through her career with guns blazing – guns that shoot technicolour laser beams. She’s a commander, wielding a vocal style that demands attention – the type of singer who would be equally comfortable soundtracking a Baz…
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SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note May 2016

Spring is a season of eclectic and colorful variety as is the latest batch of CDs to arrive at the SoundPress.net offices. Starting off the musical mix this month is one unlikely reunion that we were happy to see take root. Santana’s (www.santana.com) latest IV reunites the early 1970s lineup of Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon…
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Solidities – I Is, You Is, We Is

Solidities is the solo project of Sydney producer Harry Burgess – a moniker that he works under creating sophisticated and complex electronic arrangements. I Is, You Is, We Is, Solidities’ debut effort, is an absolutely flooring sensory experience that boarders on psychedelia, despite having few of the hallmarks of the genre scattered across it. The EP is more akin to a dream…
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Callie Twisselman – Party Lights

It’s summertime again, and California country-pop singer Callie Twisselman has a song ready-made for those barbecues and guitar pulls in the back yard. With “Party Lights,” the single from her EP of the same name, Twisselman has written a fun and flirty sing-along number about playing music and singing with her friends over a few cold ones that a…
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Coachella and Stagecoach Veterans Display Brilliance on New Albums

My recent treks to the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals reminded me yet again about the never-ending joy of musical discovery. In this column I feature the latest albums from several artists I caught in Indio this year, as well as masterworks from Coachella 2012 headliner Radiohead and Stagecoach 2012 standout the Jayhawks.
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Half Deaf Clatch – Simple Songs for These Complicated Times

Half Deaf Clatch is an English blues player with a strong love of traditional, 1920s and 30s US southern music. This is his second release in under a year, following on from the success of the truly remarkable ‘Life & Death of AJ Rail.’ Again, Clatch turns back time, setting his sights firmly in the feel of the past, with downright old-style, loose and free banjo picking and resonator guitar work…
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King Gizzard and Lizard Wizards – Nonagon Infinity

Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard not only give us a mouthful of a name, but an earful of music. Channelling the weird and the wonderful as only the Gizzard and Wizard can, new album Nonagon Infinity is an ode to the gents who will do whatever they bloody want to do and do it with an untameable force that you’re bloody knocked for six and blissfully happy about it.
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Mossy – Self-Titled

Hype. Hype. Hype. Hype. Hype. Hype. Everything gets hyped these days, from a 16-year-old bedroom producer with two remix tracks on Soundcloud, to the latest superhero movie that’s just a carbon copy of it’s predecessor. That’s just the devilish mastery of publicity. Every so often though, something comes along that’s worth it. There has been a lot of hype for Mossy‘s self-titled…
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Spookyland – Beauty Already Beautiful

Spookyland is the band you bond over with a stranger who’s about to change your life while you’re queuing for the bar in the small hours… and if they’re not, then where have you been, and who else would you’ve been talking about? Since the magnetically pessimistic quartet first put out their debut single, The Silly Fucking Thing, back in May 2014, we’ve reveled in feeling like our…
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Feelin’ Dirty? Brightly Writes About Sex, Death, Privilege and Ball Sports on Rugby

After spending most of the long weekend listening to Brightly, I just want to say that if he were a religion, I would like to pledge allegiance to it. Brightly’s music is filled with heavenly goodness, he has consistently soared to new heights with each of his releases. This time he has reached a new ultimate height with Rugby: audio climax. Brightly comes across as some sort of technological wizard…
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The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect

Hold on – is this calendar accurate? How is this possible? How could eight years have crawled by so fast? Were it not for the rigours of modern timekeeping, I would refuse to believe it. The ceaseless torrent of fear, noise and grim tidings has made these last hard eight feel like an endless death march, a torrid struggle from second to second that would not, cannot, shall not yield to the sweetest pleas for…
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Pretty City – Colorize

Since their arrival in 2012, Pretty City have gained a reputation for offering up an ever-shifting hybrid of rock – ranging between shoegaze, indie, psychedelia and classic rock. The first full length release from the Melbourne outfit remains true to form; Colorize throws up an array of styles and influences. Pretty City shake up a mean cocktail on Colorize. Stadium appeal, personality…
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Gabe Dixon – Turns to Gold

“You might a thought I’ve been runnin’ but I’ve always been comin’ back to you. .” Dixon sings on “These Wheels,” one of the standout tracks on his latest album. The deep human impulse to love and be loved is often at odds with our equally strong yearning to be free. And the songs on Turns To Gold try to find balance at this emotional nexus point. It’s part of Dixon’s considerable charm…
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Southern Halo – Rewind

One of the feel-good Country singles of 2016 is going to be “Rewind” by Southern Halo, the trio of teenage sisters whose remarkable harmonies put them in the company of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Written by Catt Gravitt (Jana Kramer), Gerald O’Brien (Martina McBride), and rising country artist Chancie Neal, “Rewind” is a perfectly-crafted Country-Pop song that rivals anything…
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Mt. Mountain – Cosmos Terros

It’s long been lamented that for practical and commercial purposes the album format is dead or at least in irreversible decline. But Cosmos Terros is a reminder of what a great album can be. It’s not just a compartmentalised commercial package, but a single artistic statement and an immersive sonic organism. Like the sprawling expanse of Sleep’s Jerusalem, Mt. Mountain’s debut album…
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Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

It is now hard to believe that as recently as five years ago, guitarist Joe Bonamassa was largely unknown. But with his albums hitting No. 1 with such regularity, the top chart position seems to be an afterthought now. Such is the case with his 17th release, “Blues Of Desperation.” The project is once again helmed by producer Kevin Shirley. While some tracks have a little sheen on them…
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Mark Harrison – On The Chicken Sandwich Train Live

Mark Harrison is an English acoustic guitarist with his heart and soul in the Deep South of Mississippi, The Delta and the blues in general. The title of this, his latest release, comes from the vittles many old black musicians and share-cropping migrants carried on the long rail journey North to the anticipated riches of Chicago and other northern cities where developing industry offered…
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Eric Bibb & North Country Far with Danny Thompson – The Happiest Man In The World

Eric Bibb may have good reason to be the Happiest Man in the World, with top quality music seemingly pouring from the guy on a regular basis. This is his second release inside twelve months, following hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed Lead Belly’s Gold which featured French harp-man Jean Jacques Milteau and was released on the same label (Stony Plain in USA).
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