CD Reviews

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Sam Shinazzi - Forever & For Now

Somewhere in Sydney, hidden deep beneath aspiring rappers spitting rhymes about their ex’s and every local DJ’s latest chill house mix, Sam Shinazzi picks up his acoustic guitar. Now I’m not saying these fine musicians aren’t creating something special for the future of our music industry, but I’d just like to take a moment to appreciate what feels like the...
 
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Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

It has been a brutal three years, but the long awaited album is finally here. Yes the day has come, the hills are alive and Kendrick Lamar is back. Firstly, whether or not To Pimp a Butterfly is better than good kid, m.A.A.d city is a hard question to answer. Like good kid, m.A.A.d city, it showcases Kendrick’s masses of talent and personality. With 16 tracks it is...
 
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Five Fantastic New Albums Bolstered by Authentic Songcraft

Toro Y Moi, Mike Scott, Dwight Yoakam, Courtney Barnett and Built to Spill may come from diverse corners of the musical universe, but all have returned in early 2015 with superb new albums. Artist: Toro Y Moi. Title: What For? (Carpark Records). You might like if you enjoy: Big Star, Todd Rundgren, Three O'Clock, Weezer...
 
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Rachel Garlin - Wink at July

“Holding it together is a metaphor/For someone trying not to fall apart/Like the bellows of a loosely hung accordion/That move against a tightly pleated heart/They say it’s like a one-man band/A piano right inside your hand,” sings San Francisco singer/songwriter Rachel Garlin on the second track (“Accordian Song”) of her latest album “Wink At July.” It’s typical of her...
 
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lsd Ratkings - Taringa

The garage rock revivalist movement has truly seen an upsurge in recent years, leading to an increase in often bored and unapologetic teens crawling out of their mothers basement with nothing in hand but a 70’s Nuggetscompilation and a fresh six pack; all in the hope of jamming away in a punk rock band, free from the routine drain of nine to five life.
 
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Romeo Moon - Wander

Romeo Moon’s Wander blends mesmerising alternative rock, psychedelic and intimate folk sounds to create a raw, moody and impressive debut. Formed in 2013 Romeo Moon is a collective of Melbourne musicians brought together by a passion for creating spontaneous and authentic music. Written and recorded in the four months following the...
 
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Clowns - Bad Blood

Raw musical energy and pointed social commentary delivered with maximum aggression are the essence of hardcore punk. It doesn’t whinge, it doesn’t slow down and it doesn’t dance around meaning with lyrical prose. It grabs you by the front of your shirt, lifts you off the ground and smacks you straight in the jaw. Melbourne hardcore punks Clowns have never...
 
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Dorsal Fins - Mind Renovation

I had no idea who Dorsal Fins were, but the first time I listened to them I was hooked like a Magikarp on a super rod. This special time, when I first heard this band, was when I was just cruising around in my car. Mind Renovation, the title track of their new release, doof-doofed out of my speakers and started making me bop my head so much it was as if I’d installed...
 
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Lëura - Creature of Sight

I’ve heard my share of sad music before, but when an album is tagged as ‘heartbreak’ on Soundcloud you know you’re in for a doozy. Such is the case for Creature of Sight, the debut album from Sydney’s Lëura. Only eight tracks long but Creature of Sight feels like it has been stretched out to an eternity. The melancholy is infectious, the vocals are...
 
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Alison Wonderland - Run

There’s not too much that can make my 45 minute drive to uni enjoyable. I generally loathe the experience. But this Monday was a little different as I pumped tracks off Alison Wonderland’s new album Run. The deep beats definitely woke me up and the pounding bass took some of my focus and boredom away from the uninteresting kilometres of empty...
 
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Contrast - Sidewalk / Construction

Look down at your feet. If you’re not wearing boots, put some on because Melbourne four-piece Contrast have just dropped their foggy shoe-gaze 7” Sidewalk/Construction, released through Moontown Records – a label renowned for focusing on the weird, wonderful music that comes out of Australia and then releasing it on vinyl and cassette. The band...
 
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Nantes - Limbo

Blending cold post-punk and alternative rock Sydney four piece Nantes deliver their best material to date on their new mini album Limbo. Comprised primarily of core members David Rogers (bass/vocals) and Josiah Eastwood (keys/ guitar/vocals) Nantes begun after a few bedroom recordings sessions amongst friends drew some attention of triple J Unearthed listeners. Things quickly...
 
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Gang Of Youths - The Positions

Since 2012, Sydney’s Gang Of Youths have been a somewhat elusive figure in the Australian music scene, slowly circling and stalking, ducking out of view and creeping back in, waiting for just the right time to unleash all they’ve got upon us. And that time is now. Although they have a relatively short career behind...
 
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Sarah Mary Chadwick - 9 Classic Tracks

There’s something incredibly heart-wrenching about a person sitting in front of an organ baring their soul through music, and this is exactly the image conjured up by Melbourne’s Sarah Mary Chadwick: a lone woman, sitting at a Hammond in a dark room, trying to excavate something deep and not entirely meant for us. It’s a brutally beautiful image, reserved ...
 
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Club K - Let M Shake

Let M Shake is the third release from Swedish band Club K, and their first with Malmo-based record label Small Bear Records. Starting out as a Frank Zappa-inspired high school project between Anton Linderoth and Samuel Johansson in the small town of Kristianstad, Club K emerged onto the Swedish music scene in 2011 as a seven-piece jazz funk...
 
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