CD Reviews


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.

Yeo - Ganbaru

Melbourne offers so many things to us; world-class coffee, unbeatable Greek food and a weather forecast that makes you want to scream. The Paris of the Southernb Hemisphere has one more individual of note to its list of accomplishments; Yeo. With beats similar to that of Gambino and a voice that could pass for Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack, Yeo’s latest LP Ganbaru has you...

Lazertits - Aubergine Dreams

Whether it’s the fact they have an entire track dedicated to very berry Vegan milkshakes, or the fact their tunes have been getting ‘tatas’ out all across the country since 2015, Melbourne based punk rock outfit LAZERTITS has garnered a slew of admirers across Australia. And with the release of their debut EP Aubergine Dreamsthere are sure to be a few more VB swigging folk jumping on board the titty train.

Amaringo - Imagined or Real

Melding floating vocals, laid back percussion and hard edged guitar licks, Brisbane’sAmaringo weave folk tinged psychedelia on their debut EP imagined or real. Comprised of drummer-vocalist Allie Wu Lin and guitarist Nathan Kearney, Amaringo have only been on the scene for little under three months. Since forming the duo have quickly made themselves known, sharing the stage...
richard-lynch_soundpress-net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note February 2016

Sure, February is the shortest month on the calendar. But, there's no shortage of quality in the product that has crossed the threshold of our offices in recent weeks. In fact, we're leaping for joy as we shake our bones to the great music coming out of our speakers. Here's a taste of what we're listening to. David Bowie ( was a living legend...

Timeless Masters Shine on New Sets

A wide-range of groundbreaking musical voices spanning the 20th century are celebrated via a number of noteworthy releases that have been released over the past month. Artist: Burt Bacharach. Title: A Life in Song (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Burt Bacharach, Joss Stone, Justin Hayward, Laura Mvula. Tell me more: A songwriter as unique as he is...

The Black Queen - Fever Daydream

A fair few weeks ago I let erryone know about The Black Queen, an upcoming supergroup-ish project featuring Greg Puciato from Dillinger Escape Plan, Joshua Eustis (Telefon,Tel Aviv) and their mate Steven Alexander. Back then there were only three songs; now there’s eight more and they’ve crammed ten of them into their first album Fever Daydream. True to early...

Dying Adolescence - Dear You, It Can’t Wait

Michael Barker describes his little musical project Dying Adolescence as “bedroom pop”. It’s arguably the most apt description for his debut album, Dear You, It Can’t Wait, given the whole thing was recorded and produced in his very own boudoir. Of course it’s not the first time a record has been made in this way, but such solitudinous experiences rarely fail to throw up some magical...

Songcraft Takes Center Stage on New Discs

Americana and classic songwriting takes center stage on a number of new releases, including an essential Johnny Cash live disc, two JD Souther reissues and new albums from genre-defying master artist Emitt Rhodes, Aussie country music outlaw Henry Wagons and North Carolina-based songstress Skylar Gudasz. Artist: Johnny Cash. Title: Koncert v Praze (Columbia / Legacy Recordings)

The Ocean Party - Mess and Noise Critics Poll 2015

A couple of days ago you might have woken up to a little pressie from The Ocean Party as they decided to release a cheeky album more or less overnight. Titled Mess & Noise critics poll 2015, the work is eight tracks long and oozes some classic Ocean Party sounds, with a couple of twists chucked in there to keep it real (they’ve joined the synth party).
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