CD Reviews

Firs- Sweet Nothings

You may remember Alister Douglas from his work as Blush Response. Now, he’s working as Firs, which he describes as Blush Response’s 80s electronic sibling”. Firs is the moniker of Adelaide multi-instrumentalist Alister Douglas (who you might remember from his other kickass project Blush Response). Firs is an enchanting reflection of dreamy 1980′s synth-pop with woozy synths and blurry vocals. Since being enticed out of his ...
 

The Baudelaires – Be A Baudelaire!

Want to get that awesome Baudelaires experiencewithout listening to The Baudelaires? Here’s Happy’s super useful and productive guide to doing just that! Melbourne band The Baudelaires have gladly exceeded our expectations. Their debut EP Be A Baudelaire! landed on our desk (physically – like on a CD) on Friday arvo and we’re super glad we gave it a spin. I’ve never been to Melbourne for any extended amount of time, and I have no desire to do...
 

Mikaela Davis - Fortune Teller

Some people are just naturals at what they do. Brett Favre knew he wanted to play football from an early age. Same with Michael Jordan at basketball. For New York native Mikaela Davis, the fire began very early as well. At the age of eight, she began to study the harp with Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. So, you know that her musical talent has always been there. But, this is a...
 

Wide Range of New Releases Showcase New and Emerging Artists

Fans of pioneering L.A. rockers The Doors, as well as authentic country and blues all have reason to celebrate thanks to a myriad of recent releases now available. In addition, guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson has issued an incredible live album that captures his dynamic wizardry. Artists: Todd Rundgren, Lou Gramm, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, more. Title: Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute...
 

Star Horse – Don’t Get Closer // 100 Eyes

What do you think of when you hear that a Swedish band are using boy-girl vocals? Yep, we know what you’re thinking of, and that thought is probably better left unsaid – just pretend you didn’t. Sweden has produced a whole heap of non-europop music as well, you know, and a lot of it shits all over the averageness of The Hives. Dreamy Stockholm four piece Star Horse have just released a double A side titled Don’t Get Closer // 100 Eyes. With ...
 

Girls, Guns and Glory - Good Luck

When you listen to "All The Way Up To Heaven," the opening cut from this disc, the last place you would think that Girls, Guns, and Glory might be from is Boston. The track has such an old school Country sound that it just doesn't mesh with the land of clam chowder. But, as are many things about this band, appearances can be misleading. And, so can first impressions. The group segues quite effectively into...
 

Bedroom – Grow

Bedroom is the solo work of our favourite teenager, Noah Kittinger. He’s now released his LP Grow, which is jam packed full of melancholy, electronic folk. Noah Kittinger is the 18-year-old kid from Tennessee behind the low-fi, dreamy moniker Bedroom. When I was 18, my dream bedroom involved a mini basketball hoop, a bar fridge and high speed internet. Obviously with plenty of room for activities, Noah’s Bedroom is about...
 

The Hello Strangers - Self Titled

Music has changed a lot to my ears over the years. When I was growing up, the lines between genres were very decided and kind of easy to decipher. Nowadays. it's not that simple. What was "Country," back in 1988 might still be Country, but it might also be known as Americana. That's where you have The Hello Strangers. Hailing from Pennsylvania, the sister duo of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn certainly wouldn't have been...
 

Joey+Rory - Country Classics

OK. The publicists were right. (As every PR rep in town picks their chin off the floor!) For a long time, the duo of Joey+Rory confused me a little. Not talent-wise - they are two of the finest singer-songwriters in the business. Not from a personal level, as you would be hard pressed to find any act who is more genuine and real than either one of them. But the name. I would get the email after a story posted saying "There is no space...
 

Flatt Lonesome - Too

I found myself smiling within the first thirty seconds of the new CD from sibling group Flatt Lonesome. What makes that fact all the more interesting is the song is not one that you would normally break out into laughter about - a true breakup song. But, what reels you in and hooks you is the incredible harmonies possessed by this very talented family named Robinson. Sister Charli's soaring lead vocals take precedence
 

Dana Robbins - Self-Titled

In fifth grade, it all started for musician / songwriter Dana Robbins: “I immediately gravitated to the saxophone. To this day, I get so emotional when I pick up my horn. I have such a connection to it still.” This love affair is in full bloom on her self-titled sophomore release, recorded in Nashville and produced by Tom Hambridge. Robbins has a hand in penning six of the eleven tracks, which showcase the sophisticated musicianship she has spent her ...
 

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea Went Absent

A band as unique as their title suggests, A Sunny Day in Glasgow present a fresh take on cacophonic psychedelia with their new record Sea Went Absent. When I typed A Sunny Day in Glasgow into YouTube I thought that I had accidently started playing two videos at the same time. I went to close the tab and there was no corny Panadol advertisement ...
 

Dallas Smith - Tippin' Point

After fronting the popular Rock group Default for many years, Dallas Smith has made somewhat of a musical shift - taking his music in a modern Country direction. For this move, he surrounded himself with one of the top producers in the business in Joey Moi - who has taken the careers of Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen to new heights. That fresh and current sound is very much evident on this disc, with "A Girl Like You" being the...
 

David Harks – Illusion

The second of four summer releases from Brighton’s David Harks… ahem, harks back to the best of British music with an electronic sheen. Never underestimate the power of a good ba-bap ba-bap baa in turining a forgettable track into the most viciously catchy piece of songwriting. Well used, it can leave listeners with a pop in their step days, even weeks after they listened to the song in question. Vaguely RnB, vaguely synthpop dance music producer David Harks knows...
 

The Henry Girls - Louder Than Words

Get ready to listen, folks, because this is something special. And, no - that has nothing to do with the writer. Every now and then, you run across something so uniquely different that you just have to shout it from the mountaintops. The Henry Girls are one of those musical acts that you just want to tell people about - as many as you can. Natives of Ireland, their style has been described as a mixture of Folk and Americana. I will buy...