CD Reviews


Hits – Hikikomori

They literally sound like nothing I have ever listened to before, so there goes my usual opening sentence about what kind of a combination they are. In any case its definitely rock and roll, and not the kind us Gen X kids are used to, with song names to prove it like, Bitter And Twisted and Jesus F Christ. Hits are from Brisbane and in April this year released their second album Hikikomori (which...

Brandon Reeves - Secondhand EP

Music’s Mad Max is back. Tireless road warrior Brandon Reeves has released a five song EP of folk covers aptly titled “Secondhand.” As a bridge to his third full length album, it is his take on classics ranging from the jug band standard “Hesitation Blues” to the chain gang anthem, “Nine Pound Hammer.” His most pronounced influence is acoustic phenom Tommy Emmanuel. The Aussie...

Stephen Hunley - The Other Side of Never

More and more, it’s getting harder to fit albums or even single songs into a slot such as country, pop, rock, folk, blues and so on. (That’s probably why ‘Americana’ got invented.) That’s not a bad thing. Why should an album or a song – or a singer – get pigeonholed into a particular genre? As jazz giant Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it is good.” However, radio programmers are intent on shoehorning songs...

Alvvays – Alvvays

I always listen to Alvvays. Since stumbling across their soundcloud around a year ago, they have always been that perfect band for when my hands are so cold at the tram stop that I can’t be bothered scrolling any further past the ‘A’ section of the alphabet in my iPod. It’s a lazy life, but that’s not to say that Alvvays are a lazy band. Both band members and childhood...

Lincoln – Visions of a Fading Light

Emergency nurse by day, electronic musician and songstress by night, Sydney’s Lincoln has just put out her debut EP. The body of work paints stunning yet heartbreaking soundscapes full of passion and emotion. Her classically trained voice is used to full effect with every note showing off phenomenal colour and life allowing you to feel every bit of emotion that is being sung about!

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...
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