CD Reviews


Dr Spaceman – She’s Lonely Again EP

Dr Spaceman’s latest EP reminds me of a summer BBQ soundtrack. I don’t mean those filler tracks you play in the background while everyone’s eating and downing drinks, because this Sydney four-piece is so much more than that. I’m talking about the point in the late afternoon when everyone’s getting a bit rowdy and suddenly that one song comes on which soars through the crowd and unleashes the inner singstar of even the most unwilling participants.

Winston and Goldstein – In The Eyes Of The Other

Despite any first impressions, Winston and Goldstein is not some sort of folk-duo reincarnation of Simon and Garfunkel, but the solo “alternative insanity pop” project of young musician Jacqueline Collyer. As a Dutch-Australian now based in jolly old England, Collyer dishes up a majestic mix of influences as equally vast and unique as her background, like a meat pie and fish and chips served in a clog. Cutting her teeth in Brighton-via-Melbourne tropical...

The Howler Weary - Travel On

The Howler Weary is a three-piece band that comes from Livingston, New Jersey. OK, that's the easy part - telling you where they come from. The toughest part about this band is defining their sound. In their press kit, there are terms such as "Blues" and "Folk," and discussion about their influences - which range from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan. That sounds very eclectic - and indeed it is, but let me float a name out there...

Steve Dawson - Rattlesnake Cage

“I stuck a Neumann M49 microphone (that had been hanging from the rafters of a church in Detroit for 50 years) in front of me to yield these results. No overdubs or effects. Just some fingers, slides and guitars,” writes artist Steve Dawson in the liner notes of his latest album “Rattlesnake Cage,” released on the Black Hen Music label. On this go-round, the 7-time Juno Award-winning Canadian artist and producer has...

Gann Brewer - Peddlers & Ghosts

Somewhere along the Delta region of Mississippi today, there's a singer on the back porch who is simply strumming their guitar to the sound of their latest composition. Gann Brewer is one such artist. There's a laid back and inviting feel to this album that reminds you of such an afternoon in the south. 'Dancin' In Memphis," where the title of the album comes from, offers proof of this. It's simply modern day Folk Music - something Brewer...

Sunny Sweeney - Provoked

With her natural Texas twang, her breathtaking good looks, and her quirky and irreverent personality, Sunny Sweeney has developed quite a fan base - thanks to her hit singles "From A Table Away" and "Stayin's Worse Than Leavin." After a record label change, and a topsy turvy past few years in her personal life - with a divorce, a swearing off of marriage, and (naturally!) a new marriage, Sweeney is ready to tell her updated...

Berlin Bar Hounds – Le Rambles

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but from my semester studying French in Year 7 the word Le Rambles is quite a highly regarded word. It’s French so it has got to be fancy, right? It means the act of using one’s soul to speak the truth, by letting the tides of the subconscious mind reveal itself on its own accord – I definitely didn’t make that up. I hear you saying – “Uh, Jen it just means rambles, like random non-sensical dialogue.” Well yes I know that, but sometimes my...

Metallic Ghosts – SkyTower 2032

The year is 2032. Capitalism fell a long time ago, and needless to say pleasure is dead. This is the opening dialogue to Metallic Ghosts‘ latest EP/album/internet-only cassette tape titled SkyTower 2032. Entirely miserable, entirely ridiculous. It’s 50% a narrative, 50% a satirical look at the concept of dystopia, 100% the most enthralling piece of… media you’ll hear this week. I hesitate even to call it music. Now, it’s very difficult to write an article on vaporwave that is...

Erland - On Our Side

“I’m a big fan of bands. I love The Beatles. Something that’s collective….makes it more special for me,” says Erland Wanberg, solo-artist-turned-frontman of California group Erland, in a recent Project Greenroom interview. It was his producer –- singer / songwriter Andrew McMahon – who encouraged his brother-in-law to explore a band sound for his album “On Our Side,” and so this folk-rock band was born. Wanberg credits McMahon: “He’s really helped shape...

Kelsey Waldon - The Gold Mine

Upon first listen to Kelsey Waldon, you might be prone to think "What a great Retro Country Album." While she would appreciate the compliment, that's not the way the talented singer / songwriter looks at it. This is simply Country Music to her - the kind she listened to growing up in Western Kentucky. And, she does it very well. Kicking off with "Town Clown," you know that you are in for something special. Featuring Brett Resnick on...

Mason Summit - Absentee

“I never took a look around, no/Mostly I looked at the ground/Till I got to know her/Now I see the gentle faces/Buildings, parks and pretty places/Since I got to know her,” sings Los Angeles singer/songwriter Mason Summit on “Better Half,” one of twelve self-penned songs on his debut album “Absentee.” Produced by this 17-year-old multi-instrumentalist, recorded in Echo Park, California, along with veteran musicians, and released on the...

MacLear & Waters - Self Titled

There are a ton of talented new acts out there, which kind of makes it frustrating because you know there's not a slot for everybody. That being said, I would definitely clear a place at the table for this very talented duo comprised of Tom MacLear and Heather Waters. They possess a harmony blend that definitely has a little bit of a Pop / Rock edge, but make no mistake, this is definitely Contemporary Country, as...

Graveyard Train – Takes One To Know One

“I thought it was a Modest Mouse song that I hadn’t heard before”. That was my mate Tom’s short and sweet bio for some band called Graveyard Train. This article on Graveyard Train will really make you want to listen to Modest Mouse. But don’t do that just yet – check out Takes One To Know One first. He never gave me the name of the song in question, but he was probably referring to the title track for the Melbournian six...

Roman Ruins – Source of Pride

Some dads are cool. Graham Hill is a father, a musician, architect and a composer who grew up in rural West Virginia. In 2001, Hill moved to California and started playing drums with Beach House and Papercuts. Lately he has worked on his solo outfit, Roman Ruins while raising his second child. Roman Ruins is psychedelic dance pop at its best. All the ingredients are there, vitally a slow tempo and qualities of smooth...

Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins - Traditional Duets

Sometimes, things are exactly as they appear to be. In the case of Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins, that turns out to be the case. The name of the album is Traditional Duets. And, from beginning to end, that's exactly what you get. These songs have been part of the American consciousness for years, and the talented duo wisely sees no need to try to reinvent the wheel. Songs like "Long Time Gone" and...
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