CD Reviews

Majora - Iridescent

Within the world of post-rock there is no shortage of talented artists pushing the boundaries of musical creativity. But amongst the many artists of this experimental genre there are only a rare few with a knack for striking the balance between nuanced instrumental compositions and music which can appeal to popular taste. While international genre heavyweights...
 

Musical Variety Is Displayed on New Titles

If variety is indeed the spice of life, look no further than a wide range of recent releases from Dave Gahan & Soulsavers, Rage Against The Machine, composer Danny Elfman, as well as retrospectives celebrating Denny Lile and Billy J. Kramer to satisfy a diverse group of music lovers. Artist: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. Title: Angels & Ghosts (Columbia)
 

Erica Nicole (with Jamie O’Neal) – Like I Do

Opening with an attention-grabbing melodic piano intro, “Like I Do” is a concisely-written duet ballad performed by two of the best voices in Nashville, indie record-breaker Erica Nicole with Grammy nominee Jamie O’Neal (“There Is No Arizona”). In this dialogue between two women who are in love (or something like it) with the same man, each...
 

Ainslie Wills - Oh The Gold

With the release of her latest EP Oh the Gold its easy to see how the Melbourne singer / songwriter Ainslie Wills is gaining more and more of a following. For those not familiar with her music, it can be best described as indie with a jazz and progressive-pop flare. She has been quite busy throughout the year whilst releasing singles that have come together...
 

Tiny Little Houses - You Tore Out My Heart

Tearing your heart out again and again with its deeply melancholic ooziness, Tiny Little Houses’ debut EP is beautifully miserable. A collection of nineties inspired lo-fi tunes recounting tales of finding and losing love, You Tore Out My Heart is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Setting the airwaves ablaze with their fuzzed out recordings, the Melbourne...
 

Best Friends - Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane

Lewis Sharman, Tom Roper, Ed Crisp and Jonny Gaymer are best friends. They’re also Best Friends, a garage pop band from the United Kingdom who are just as lovable as your old childhood buddy and probably twice as memorable. Now I’m not saying you and your BFF didn’t share some special moments over the years, but it’s pretty...
 

Dustin Tebbutt - Home

Dustin Tebbutt hit us hard with the release of The Breach EP two years ago, a breathtaking and sublime statement that resulted from a two year hibernation in Sweden. It perked a lot of ears and gave us a new scenet to follow, anticipating with baited breath as to when it would happen again. Well, it’s happening again. His new...
 

Jeremy Neale - Let Me Go Out In Style

According to various sources, Brisbane’s Jeremy Neale has had quite a life. With early memories of seeing his twin brother jettisoned into space, dangerous stunts and, more recently, medical emergencies, it is reassuring that for his latest EP, Let Me Go Out In Style, Neale has turned to more familiar ground. Written around the lingering heartbreak and confusion...
 

Bob McCarthy - Trouble in Mind

A wonderful seven track disc from one of the USA's sadly lesser-known acoustic guitar pickers and singer/songwriters. McCarthy has sure paid his dues as a pro-musician for many decades, gigging and working with countless major figures including Jorma Kaukonen, Pentangle, Tom Paxton, Roy Book Binder and many more.
 

Magic America - Self-Titled

In the wake of the release of Tame Impala’s Currents last July there is little question that Australia has been plunged into a rabid frenzy for just about anything psych. But with Kevin Parker’s nuanced production and catchy riffs bombarding us from the airwaves, as well as a seemingly endless number of rock bands strategically rebranding to meet...
 

Katie Wighton - Oh-Dark-Hours

Melancholy is like a warm blanket. It’s soft and impressionable, it wraps around you and begins to obscure the world outside. The longer you spend under it, the more accustomed to it you become and it becomes harder to leave. It’s a comforting warmth that you use to fool yourself. Yet at the same time when you share that blanket with...
 

Reissues Revisit Essential Rock LPs, Soul Singles

This year has seen a burgeoning number of wonderful reissues and deluxe collections celebrating bona fide musical riches. Among the most highly-recommended titles are those celebrating the groundbreaking debut album from Garbage, a trio of singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Frampton's releases, a reissue of The Sneakers' late '70s EP, and an outstanding collection of '60s and '70s soul rarities.
 

Flowertruck - Dirt

If Sydney’s Inner West is famous for anything, it’s producing a high calibre of musical talent. Having spawned a ridiculous number of kick-arse bands in its time, the hashtag #innerwestisbest is definitely not a misnomer. And with name drops like Newtown, Paramatta Road and Camperdown, Flowertruck is one ...
 

Ali Barter - AB-EP

With an opening like the intro to a 90’s cult classic film, if Ali Barter’s new EP were a movie, it’s one we’d like to see. Heavy with summer and teenage daze, AB-EP is evocative both lyrically and in its instrumentation. The third EP release from Ali Barter, AB-EP brings together a now regular band of musicians to support Barter’s vision...
 

Andrei Eremin - Pale Blue

At a quick glance, Andrei Eremin’s name may appear to be reminiscent of a classical composer or conductor… or there’s the chance that it’s just me because I’m stubborn and refuse to wear my glasses, and I’m possibly thinking of Andre Rieu. Let’s not go down that road. If I wanted to think about an insane looking man flailing his arms around “conducting”, I’d go and ...
 
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