CD Reviews


The Frowning Clouds – Legalize Everything

I loved Harry Potter as a kid. Loved it. Got to high school and fell out of love with it as I grew up, but not before I finished the last of the books as they came out. But even a decade ago, when there was that three year gap between the fourth and fifth books, I started to find the fandom lame. Now, people my age still love and rage about it. I’ve...

Honeyblood Has Some Killer Bangs

From the vibrant and cultured cosmopolitan city of Glasgow comes the female, guitar and drum playing, indie rock duo Honeyblood. While EDM and dubstep-influenced bangers permeate our radio waves, the Honeyblood girls are bringing back guitar-centric garage rock that echoes the classic sounds of The Breeders, PJ Harvey andThe Throwing Muses.

Rick Parma – Piece of Heaven

Musical energy and the exchange between audience and a song or band can be such a crucial lifeblood for a composer gathered in the name of fulfilling exhilarating music for music fans. Some of this applies to melodic Jazz absence of vocals. Some of it a combination of the two. Los Angeles based Sax player Rick Parma seems to have a firm hold on making a connection with listeners...

Stephon Alexander and Rioux – Here Comes Now

If a mad scientist who had a solid taste in music decided to mix a Trinidadian-American astrophysicist, an electronic producer and a splash of saxophone together to create the ultimate electro-funk album it would be Here Comes Now. This little release is ten songs of organised chaos as each track surpasses the typical electronic sound and hits a level of psychedelic jungle grooves. If that description means...

Electronica, Blues, Rock and Country Celebrated on September Releases

Outstanding LPs from synthpop pioneer Erasure, bluesman Joe Bonamassa, country singer Tim McGraw and genre-defying singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. are among the wonderful new releases out this month. Erasure. Title: The Violet Flame (Mute). You might like if you enjoy: Depeche Mode, Moby, Arcade Fire. Tell me more: As they prove...

TRXYE – Self-Titled

Trixie? T-R-X-Y-E? Trix-yay? (Pronounced like Kanye, possibly?) Who knows. What we do know though, is that South African-born Perth boy, Troye Sivan, is doing really well for himself as his debut EP, TRXYE, has already been topping the charts around the world, despite only being released on August 15th, and despite having a title that no one really knows how to pronounce.

The Buzzbees – Hivemind

Nothing gets my cold heart beating with excitement faster than puns and unusual instruments secretly used in normal sounding songs. The Buzzbees quickly filled both of this criteria with their debut album Hivemind, which was released on August 29 and features a mandolin AND a ukulele.

The Red Plastic Buddha – Songs for Mara

Chicago psychedelic rockers the Red Plastic Buddha are back with release number three! The band has been putting out their own brand of psychedelic rock since 2007, and this time round the band have developed and refined their sound further, resulting in something more settled and mature. Once again the band mix all kinds of sounds and styles into their music including post...

The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi

Surprise! It’s not often that a band like The Raveonettes, with their intensely textural demeanour and explosive, noisy pop, drops an album on us totally unawares. I’m definitely a fan of getting an album this way – no teasing singles, no single video clips, no bullshit launches for an album that isn’t out yet – just ten tracks of good music that I can listen to from cover to cover when I feel like. July 22nd saw the worldwide release of Pe’ahi, their seventh...

Jane Tyrrell – Wild Waters

A woman of many talents ­– vocalist, songwriter, performer and a multi-faceted artist whose disciplines include fine art, art direction and design. Her musicality and artistry can be felt with every pulse in her debut single Wild Waters, as she pursues a solo project. May we introduce to you, the breathtaking Melbournian, Jane Tyrrell. Tyrrell hails from the Aussie Hip Hop super group, The Herd, which formed back in 2001 and are still going strong...

White Lodge – Technicolour Visions

White Lodge take more than their name from the playbook of David Lynch. The Twin Peaks reference is magnified by the equal levels of surrealism and violence in their sound, finding a balance between disturbed and innovative garage rock. Their psych and surf-centred fuzz is channelled from the 70′s and inspirations new and past, and dumped straight onto their latest EP Technicolour Visions. Given the personality of their ...

Post Child – New Age Whatever

Post Child are an up and coming 4 piece from Chicago that produce their own brand of indie / garage rock. Following an EP and a handful of singles the band have just put out their debut album which puts forward 10 hard hitting rock tunes. The album bursts open with the fast and furious Make it Bleed. The thumping drums get you head banging along while the slightly distorting guitars complete the hazy heavy sound! The track is completely topped off...

Owl John – Self Titled

I just bought tickets to see Wil Wagner because The Smith Street Band aren’t touring right now. A while back I went to a Conor Oberst gig and overheard three separate people hoping he’d play Bright Eyes material. Whenever flagship frontmen embark on their own musical endeavours, I’m wont to take it with a pinch of salt. It’s not so much that I doubt the quality of the new, ‘distinct’ material: the proof is in all three of the...

Keats Collective - Paradise

I’m no stranger to the plethora of Youtube channels that saturate the internet with electronic remixes of Motown and RnB acapellas. I’m well acquainted with the ever-popular white cursive logo over videos of bikini-clad women. It seems that everyone is hopping on the summer music bandwagon, and though I’ve lost track of what song fits what genre, it’s clear that electronica is experiencing a rebirth.

Millions – Max Relax

As I ambled down Oxford St, passing the various music venues turned bars and bars turned music venues, and chuckling to myself at the inebriated skateboarder that seemed to fulfill a public duty with his comedic demeanor, I sung a familiar little ditty to myself. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was or who it was by – it could be a song my mum sung to me when I was a young pup, it...
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