CD Reviews


Seth Sentry - Strange New Past

Australians on Australia day love him, and so do triple J, but it’s on his latest record that that love is affirmed. Adored Melbourne bred hip-hop luminary, Seth Matron is back with his highly anticipated album, Strange New Past. Seth has been quiet since 2012 and This Was Tomorrow. Strange New Past is said to entertain a new Seth...

Past and Present Riches Celebrated on New Collections   

Great music never goes out of style or sounds dated. Look (and listen) no further than a fantastic box set featuring Little Richard's '50s and early '60s recordings, deluxe reissues focusing on classic heavy metal outfit Thor and power-pop champions The Knack, as well as a Rhett Miller's exciting collaboration with Black Prairie and a wonderful new celebration of the...

Tom Guerra – All of the Above

“It all came together for me the first time I ever saw an electric guitar…I was transfixed, and I knew what I wanted to do,” says Hartford-based rock guitarist Tom Guerra, in a 2014 Huffington Post interview. This same kind of focused passion is heard throughout his debut solo effort “All of the Above,” released on Casa Del Soul Records. Produced by this long-time member...

Infnity Broke - Self-Titled

In a world packed to the brim with sweet and shiny popstars, where you can hardly listen to a rock tune that hasn’t been polished to within an inch of its life, it‘s nice to hear a band that has a bit of grunt. Former Bluebottle Kiss frontman, Jamie Hutchings, is the man behind Infnity Broke, an experimental rock group that takes cues from garage bands of yore.

Dumb Punts - Coupla Couplas

Hailing from the Drunk Mums extended family, notorious pub rockers Dumb Puntsare a Melbourne four piece intent on kicking out short, frenetic and rabidly Aussie garage punk tunes. Formed from Bonny Hills expats, the group came together in early 2014 when Creed McTaggart (WOD, Charging Stallion) began bashing out...

Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light

Let’s get serious for a minute guys, you might need a minute or two to take this in… Hermitude have just dropped their new album Dark Night Sweet Light! It’s been been brewing for the last two years and it’s absolutely insane! Sydney boys Luke Dubs and Elgusto have been a bit quiet since the release of HyperParadise in 2012, but after listening to their new...

MT Warning - Petrified Heart

Byron Bay’s Mt Warning will mess with your heart. Trust me. With the release of his latest EP Petrified Heart so close you can almost hear it, Mikey Bee has embarked on a solo expedition into the world of crooning. He takes what it means to be a multi-instrumentalist and shoves it right in your face, making, performing and producing all the music on the forthcoming...

Sights and Sounds Abound on New Releases

Several new documentary films now on DVD shed much-deserved light on recent albums, while several other new audio CD titles are sure to both challenge and thrill discerning listeners. Artists: Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Rhiannon Giddens, more. Title: Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued (Eagle Rock Entertainment)...

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Quarters

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have to be one of the most accomplished young Australian bands from the past decade. Aside from being mind-blowingly prolific, they have become widely respected, at home and overseas, for creating music that would, perhaps in a different time, be labeled as niche. They have crossed genre borders like no one...

Faron Young - You Don't Know Me

Make no mistake: this is not a collection of re-re-re-released tracks that turn up from time to time, and are often of dubious quality, when someone licenses the songs of a legendary artist. There’s no doubt that Faron Young is a legendary artist, but this album is indeed a rarity: literally a brand new collection from the beloved singer who passed away back in 1996.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Psychedelic pop legends, New Zealand’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra continue to explore the cosmic soundscape to infinity and beyond. A concoction of futuristic synths and untraveled lyrical terrain, if you’re one of UMO’s zillion supporters then you’re in for a treat with their third instalment, Multi-Love.

Heart Beach - Self-Titled

Bringing together droning alt rock, surfy indie pop and despondent dole wave jangle Heart Beach craft a characterful and endearing debut LP. Hailing from Hobart, Tassie trio Heart Beach comprises of Jonathon McCarthy (guitar/ vocals), Claire Jansen (bass/ vocals) and Christopher Wessing (drums/ guitar). The core of the group’s unique sound...

Leslie Cours Mather – Countrified

Leslie Cours Mather’s bio says she’s lived all over the world, but she sings about how her heart is in the South on her new self-penned single, “Countrified.” She obviously means it. Shades of Shania Twain combined with the mountain sweetness of the young Dolly Parton, the energy of Miranda Lambert, and the pitch-perfectness of Barbara ...

Josh Goodlett – Why You Gotta Be That Way

Josh Goodlett is a promising new country talent out of the Louisville, KY area who is starting to make some noise with his new single “Why You Gotta Be That Way.” The song is a pointed admonition to a buddy who disses a woman who wants him, when he’s really pretty damn lucky to have her interest to begin with. Whether he’s just scared of where she might take...

Darts - Below Empty and Westward Bound

Over the last few months, Darts have been like a spectre that has emerged from the Melbourne gloom, seemingly from nowhere, bringing us these beautiful, belligerent musical tales of displacement, isolation and apprehension filtered through the gaze of aggressive 90s guitar rock. And I bet I’m not the only one who has been saying, “Who the fuck are these guys?!”
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