CD Reviews


UV Boi - L-UV

UV boi is a young Brisbane producer making noise on SoundCloud and getting ‘L-UV’ all across Australia, as well as the far reaching corners of the globe. With, what he calls, “mellow yet heavy-hitting 808 music” UV boi can only be likened to such artists as Yung Gud, Ryan Hemsworth and Flume. However, these artists pale in comparison to his far more original sound.

Lydia Brownfield & The Jagged Hearts – Ghosts & Lovers

A year and a half ago I wrote about Lydia Brownfield’s album Wanting’s for Sinners, which was a fine album. But it pales in comparison to her new release, Ghosts & Lovers. While her last album saw her projecting Tori Amos or Aimee Mann (at least a little bit), this new album finds her in territory that suits her much better. Imagine a grown-up Exene Cervenka meeting an edgier and...

Paul Cowley - Rural

This is a twelve-track album stuffed with tasteful, acoustic and slide guitar picking from an Englishman now resident in rural France - hence the title. Cowley, originally from the Birmingham area, includes strong covers of many standard traditional acoustic classics including a couple from the ever-popular, melodic Mississippi John Hurt - 'Monday Morning Blues' and 'Pay...

Reissues and Retrospectives Conjure Up Masterworks Anew

The burgeoning effort to reissue under-the-radar lost classics has allowed listeners to discover a wide range of seminal albums in recent years. This year has already seen a slew of notable reissues, including essential titles from Game Theory and singer-songwriter JD Souther, as well as a collection honoring songwriter Rod McKuen and an exclusive 1959 live recording featuring Wes Montgomery.

Charles Kelley - The Driver

Many artists find inspiration from pain or life changing events. Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley got his out of sheer boredom and it resulted in a Grammy nomination. The title track off of his first solo album “The Driver,” is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. With Lady A on hiatus, Kelley thought, “It’s winter,” “I’m bored and I want to make some music.” He contacted...

Lauren Hoffman - The Secret Storm

Occasionally a song comes along which attacks your senses like an electric shock. I’ve just been hit by a few thousand volts pulsed from some London internet radio station. Sender of this power surge “The Secret Storm”, song in question “The Dragon” The song has a slow sultry gothic opening, atmospheric screaming, screeching violin strings take over, leading into a...

Postblue - I Hope They're Praying For Me

Not many people take kindly when a band they dig shift gears when it comes to their sound. Could you imagine if AC/DC announced that they were moving into synth pop territory? You’d have Angus Young duck walking across the stage, twiddling a keytar. Actually, that sounds amazing, that should definitely happen this year. But let’s be honest, all the horn-headed purists...

If Kevin Parker and Mac Demarco Had Twins They Might Sound a Little Like Toledo Springs

Spun out of collaboration between brothers Nico and Isaac Fitzpatrick after both parted ways with previous bands, Toledo Springs has been kicking around Auckland since 2013. With Nico acting as a frontman and Isaac taking up duties as bassist the pair have also recruited synth wizard Josh Nightingale and percussionist Michael Bullen to round out the band. For their...

Capital Coast - Spacehead

It’s become blatantly obvious recently that there’s no shortage of musical talent in Wollongong. The past couple of years have seen the south coast pump out some of the most incredible acts floating around at the moment; The Pinheads, The Vanns, Shining Bird. I could rattle off a page full more, but I think you get the gist. One of the more recent additions to this list is five-piece outfit Capital Coast.

Chris Carmack - Pieces Of You

For a guy who is one of the stars on a show called “Nashville” one might expect its first cast member’s solo record produced by Dan Fowler and recorded at Blackbird studio to be a country album. But on Chris Carmack’s debut EP, “Pieces Of You” there is disproportionately less Music City influence than might be expected. Upon deeper investigation of his career, Carmack’s wide range ...

Rosie Lowe Takes a Stand with Her Powerful Woman

England’s Devon County offers much more to the world than its picturesque views and medieval towns; it has gifted us one of 2016’s biggest musical anticipations, artist and feminist, Rosie Lowe. With a trail of acclaimed tracks to her name, Lowe is set to win the hearts of those who are yet to hear her vibes on February 19, with the release of her debut album, Control.

Art vs Science - Off The Edge of The Earth and Into Forever, Forever

With 2015 being such a massive year for new and exciting Australian music I for one found a lot of seasoned acts flying under my radar. I totally missed the release of Cosmic Pyschos’ return to fine form but more importantly I completely missed the boat on the long awaited second album from Art vs Science, a band that I have had an incredible soft spot for since day one.

2016 Sees Release of Eclectic Field of New Titles

Listeners with an eclectic-minded approach to seeking out new music will love the wide-range of releases released in early 2016. Artists: Various. Title: Music From the Motion Picture Joy (ABKCO). You might like if you enjoy: Cream, Ella Fitzgerald, Bee Gees. Tell me more: Whether or not listeners have seen the David O.Russell film "JOY" (starring Jennifer Lawrence), all will enjoy...

Moonbase Commander - Southpaw

At the end of 2015 Sydney producer Moonbase Commander released a four-track EPSouthpaw, and if you like any form of trap or EDM, this is one not to be missed. Nick Luke has been around making club bangers as Moonbase Commander for a couple of years and all that experience is not wasted here. Recently, he did a triple J mix up exclusive and has two of his...

David G. Smith - First Love

On First Love, his sixth CD in as many years, David G. Smith reinforces why it’s a good thing there’s an “Americana” designation in the music industry. Because, like any number of artists from Joni Mitchell to Tom Waits, Smith doesn’t really fit a format. It’s hard to compare him to people like James Taylor, Steve Stills, Amos Lee, and other acoustic singer...
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