CD Reviews


Debbie Bond - Enjoy The Ride

Often likened to Bonnie Raitt, Alabama blues-lady Debbie Bond’s latest release, ‘Enjoy The Ride’, kicks off strongly with an upbeat, optimistic surge of soul and passion on the title track before shifting a few gears with introspective inner searching reaching out in tracks ‘Start With Love’, the dizzying despair and combative edge of ‘Left Me In The Dark’, and the reflective beauty of...

Josh Goodlett - I Don’t Usually Do This

With an instantly-recognizable tenor that merges a Northern Kentucky twang with the gritty tone of a Southern Rock star, Country artist Josh Goodlett sounds like he’s lived what he’s singing on his poignant new single, “I Don’t Usually Do This.” In telling a woman that he normally doesn’t let anyone touch his heart, he puts a new twist on an old cliché with both passion and...
richard-lynch_soundpress-net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note March 2016

It's the time of year around the world when millions in the northern hemisphere are tired of the Winter blues and are desperate for the return of Spring. With that in mind we have the perfect disc to help drive away the seasonal doldrums. Plus, a lot of other great music has recently arrived ranging from rock to blues to pop and jam. We've given them a test drive and can...

Swimwear - High Summer

Thinking about tracks like the Scissor Sister’s I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks and the Friendly Fires’ Hawwiian Air you can’t help but feel that some of that infectiously feel-good dance pop pulse slowly has drifted from the periphery of contemporary music. Whatever People Say That I Am, I’m Not, The Streets, The Strokes and Lily Allen’s Alright Still; a decade...

Totally Mild - Alive in Denmark

With a 50/50 gender ratio (yay, female musicians!) Melbourne four-piece Totally Mild offers us something totally wild. With female guitarists, pianists and singers, Totally Mild is set apart from a lot of the big names on the triple J rotation. While there are a lot of female artists on our air waves, they’re mostly all solo acts; it’s rare to find a band that 1; has equal gender representation and...

DMA'S - Hills End

The words Brit-Pop have been thrown around their fair share ever since Sydney’s lively trio DMA’S broke onto the scene throughout in 2014 – with their spontaneous release of their debut EP along with their signing to I OH YOU. Shortly after their debut release alongside the mass praise of their single Delete, claims of “Brit-Pop revival” flooded the airwaves...

Doprah - Wasting

Although some Aussie listeners may be unfamiliar with Doprah, there’s been a growing buzz surrounding the Christchurch six-piece following the release of their self-titled EP in 2014. Under a veneer of Kawaii visuals the group draws from studio experimentation of Radiohead, Portishead and Massive Attack to create their own unique signature sound. It’s easy to draw some analogy to the music...

Jensens - Everybody Talks

Still quite fresh since their formation in 2013, Brisbane five piece The Jensens provide us with Rage-worthy tunes that you’ll be playing at three in the morning in the aftermath of the house party. Their debut EP Everybody Talksgives us eight tracks that already will leave you hoping they’ll be on the 2016 Groovin, Splendour and Falls line-ups. Bringing with them the seamless blending of music and lyrics...

Masters Return with Essential Offerings

Astounding returns from celebrated artists Bonnie Raitt and Rick Springfield, as well as new albums from singer-songwriter Bill Carter, indie rockers Dr. Dog, modern-day rock 'n' soul standout James Hunter Six and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers make for an impressive and highly-recommended parade of new music. Also available is an essential disc filled with previously-unreleased...

Elvis Costello 'Detour' DVD / Blu-ray

There’s been plenty of activity in the Elvis Costello camp lately. During the past year, fans have seen solo and full band world tours, the autobiography Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink and companion CD retrospective, plus vinyl reissues of his early LPs. Another U.S. live jaunt starts in late March. Now comes “Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall,” a stellar new home video...

Hein Cooper - The Art of Escape

The past couple of years have been a whirlwind for Hein Cooper. In 2015 he released his debut self titled EP, and now come March he is about to release his 10 track album The Art of Escape. After giving it a few listens, we can say you’re all in for a treat. All through his LP Cooper explores three themes that you’d be hard pressed to separate; love, lust and...

Cohlaj - Audiomeal

Cohlaj (I assume pronounced as COAL and LAG) are a Sydney based band who pride themselves on the genre “indietronica”. Cohlaj are a baby band, only arriving on the scene in early 2015, but their sound is anything but little. The only words that come to mind when listening to their new EP Audiomeal are ‘jarringly sophisticated’. Do you have a hunger that mediocre...

Devil’s Crossroad - Gypsy Kings

For psychedelic stoners Devil’s Crossroad, EP two is all about breaking down boundaries and experimentation. On their last day in the studio Zac Czuchwicki, Kyle Clarke and Nathan Dior took us on a track by track journey through their upcoming EP. The forthcoming six track entitled Gypsy Kings was recorded over six days with local veteran Matt Hills (Wolf & Cub), and sees the...

Triple One - Doozy

Not everyone is a hip-hop aficionado. The genre is a beast, and finding your footing can be a little tricky when trying to source some of the best local talent. A good place to start for the lay man is Sydney outfit Triple One, who have produced a sound that isn’t even close to falling under the category of generic hip-hop. It’s bouncy, upbeat and houses melodic and infectious undertones.

Hooper Crescent - Waiting Room

Five-piece Hooper Crescent is Brunswick’s answer to simple, accessible, catchy as hell noise pop. Originally releasing a demo EP of four songs in 2014, the band then went on to play their first show in December the same year and have since been gigging at places like Fitzroy’s The Old Bar and The Workers Club. Now Hooper Crescent are ready to releasr their second EP, Waiting Room.
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