CD Reviews


The Delta Riggs – Dipz Zebazios

This week I’ve been tasked with writing about a band ostensibly named after an old-school English actress and an overproduced crud-pop Australian singer*. The Delta Riggs seemingly are on the way up: their new album,Dipz Zebazios, was the featured album this week/last week/whatever on triple J; they just came back from a tour of...

You Beauty – Jersey Flegg

If you love a good concept album, or simply love ya footy, then pub rock four-piece You Beauty’s debut LP Jersey Flegg is just for you. Coming from a bunch of well-established Aussie bands like Absolute Boys, Mere Women, Hira Hira and Home Travel, Will Farrier, Flyn Mckinnirey, Joshua Phuah and Kino Verzosa recently channeled their

Sunbeam Sound Machine – Wonderer

As a person whose very essence is made up of wiry anxiety there are very few things that can relax me; puppies,lightning and the xylophone usually work. But as I write this very sentence I can’t help but feel eerily at ease. No, I’m not cuddling a xylophone playing puppy in a thunderstorm. There are these wonderfully breezy melodies flowing from...

Magic Hands – Let Me Hold You While You Fail

Melbourne’s Magic Hands are a dream-pop duo inspired by traditional music cultures, modern electronic music and 1970’s psychedelia. Their debut album, aptly and snicker inducing-ly named Let Me Hold You While You Failis the product of twelve months spent writing and recording. The 10 track LP opens in a slow hypnotic...

Great Good Fine Okay – Body Diamond

Great Good Fine Okay are everything their name suggests and more and the Brooklyn based electro-pop duo have just dropped their debut EP Body Diamond. Their EP Body Diamond was released on October 3rd, and showcases their unique craft in the dance / pop world. Whilst GGFO are quite fresh to ears of Australian listeners with...

Jack Carty – Esk

Born and raised in the hell fires of Belingen, Australia, Jack Carty has got it goin’ on. Well okay, maybe his entrance into this life isn’t that dramatic (I hear the rustic town of Belingen is absolutely lovely and completely remote at this time of year), but everything beyond that point is nothing but fireworks. He deserved that...

Normanton Street – Much Respect

When I was a kid I thought soul music was for people who didn’t have souls. Weird, I know. Of course I was wrong. There’s something so inherently sad yet hopeful about it; a quality that seems to inspire people. I guess that’s what the soul is all about – the ability to feel inspired and in turn inspire others as well on a level that is neither physical...

Max Quinn’s Onomatopenis – Self Titled Debut

For over two years now, Ballina native Max Quinn has been living in the big city – its smoggy air permeating his lungs, its greasy thai food satisfying his stomachly desires, its Darlinghurst darlings populating his peripheries, all whilst the conveniences and inconveniences of the urban experience are juggled gracelessly above...

Red Bird Sky - The Unravelling

Red Bird Sky is a U.K. band whose music is driven by the lyrics of the songwriting duo Bernie Maguire and Mike Seal. Their sophomore effort, The Unravelling, kicks off with “She Ain’t Lookin’ Back”, a song reminiscent of the lovely effortlessness that Fleetwood Mac’s music is well known for. This breezy 70’s vibe carries on into the...

The Good Sports – Mandarin Time

Want to go on a laid back psychedelic ride in the comfort of your own backyard? Well, strap yourself in cos The Good Sports will take you there. Pumping out plenty of lo-fi garage vibes since last year, the East Brisbane band give you lazy backyard beats you can chuck on any time you wanna veg out with your mates.

Jeff Ellis - Learning How To Live

Don’t judge an album by its cover – Jeff Ellis’ sixth-studio album Learning How to Live looks like it might be a soft, acoustic record, but quickly disarms those assumptions with the first riffs of “Where Your Memory Can’t Be Found”. The record title certainly is a fitting one, with the track list winding around the twists and turns of life like a long...

Mansions On The Moon – Mansions On The Moon

Mansions on the Moon were hailed as “The future of music” by Chad Hugo (N*E*R*D) and it’s easy to hear why with their latest self-titled offering. Very few opportunities come along to praise a band for it’s stellar production and significant songwriting skills. So often it’s either one or the other. Mansions on the Moon have managed to get...

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz

Facts first. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are one of the most hard-working groups in Australia right now. I feel like a broken record repeating the oft-noted fact that I’m In Your Mind Fuzz is the groups 5th album in a little over 2 years, but if that doesn’t shock you, the fact that on their newest release the group has never been more skilled...

Christmas Collections Bring Sonic Season Greetings

New holiday music collections featuring a far-flung and illustrious group of talented artists are worth celebrating this season. Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, more. Title: An Americana Christmas (New West Records). You might like if you enjoy: Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Neil Young...

Holm. – somewhere between here & you

If electronic, experimental chillout beats are your thing, then you’re gonna wanna take a listen to downtempo electronic beatmaker, J Thatcher May aka Holm.(with a dot for clarity sake) – the New York City-via-Boston artist with a soft spot for spoken word narration and penchant for punctuation. Self-described as “slightly lonely music...
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