It’s been a rollercoaster year for Sharon Jones, the corrections officer turned soul queen. Her fifth album with the imitable Dap Kings, Give the People What They Want was shelved and touring halted so Jones could turn her attention to battling and ultimately beating cancer which threatened to bring her fairy-tale career to a halt. But 2014 brought with it the good news that Jones treatment was a success and the albums eventual release.
Ever since he charmed his way onto our airwaves with the ridiculously catchy ‘I Spy’, Mikhael Paskalev became a musician to keep an eye on. Six months after capitalising on the momentum by releasing his debut album What’s Life Without Losers in his native Norway, Paskalev’s brand of odd-ball, upbeat pop finally hits Australian shelves.
Like Justin Bieber and Axl Rose, 21-year-old Sky Ferreira is one of those artists whose controversial antics often overshadow her musical endeavours. Her debut album Night Time, My Time proves that beyond her drug-related arrest and 60-stitch injury on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, Ferreira is not just another piece of tabloid fodder.
With a name change, from We Are Augustines back to their original name Augustines, and their new album - the aptly named Augustines- this Brooklyn three piece are back. Augustines is their follow up to the 2011 debut Rise Ye Sunken Ships.
The Jamaican-tinged bounce of single ‘Collard Greens’ is the perfect example of the variety and playfulness of ScHoolboy Q’s major label debut Oxymoron. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper is poised to speed straight into the spotlight that labelmate Kendrick Lamar has been baking in for over a year now.
Oddments, the fourth album from King Gizzard in 18 months, is another winning collection and continues the band's unbelievably prolific streak.
Australian singer/songwriter Dave Wells has burst into the music scene with his debut EP Carrington Street. The record is a delightful five-track collection of acoustic folk-rock tunes that are raw, authentic and original.
It's been a good five years since German indie rock group The Notwist have released a full-length album. And yet, here we are in 2014 as the band finally emerges once again, this time with their latest work Close To The Glass.
Spirit of Akasha is the compilation soundtrack for the Australian film of the same name. This two-disc insight into surf vibes, psychedelics and folk rock provided by names such as Pond, Matt Corby, Atoms for Peace and Grouplove - to name a few - is an excellent piece of music, but I realised that if I wanted to review this compilation, I had to understand what it was trying to achieve. Every good album has its own story, like a mission statement and to do that I had to discover the story of the original film - Morning of the Earth.
What do you get when you cross a little bit of Radiohead with a healthy dose of alternative rock, add just a dash of good old fashioned rock'n'roll and a bucketload of youthful energy? The answer – Aussie rock band Papa vs Pretty, who have just released their much anticipated 2014 LP White Deer Park.
Fresh from collaborating with David Byrne, St. Vincent's self-titled fourth album is an erratic affair. An example of a great, unique artist either not knowing or wilfully abandoning what makes them great and unique.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news for you: Sydney’s Sally Seltmann is back after four years with her latest solo full length album, Hey Daydreamer and boy, is it a treasure, stuffed full of indie pop gems.
Beck is set to release his twelfth studio album Morning Phase on the 24th of February. Being the chilled out, nice bloke type that Beck seems to be – he has even streamed some of his songs premature to the release date just to let people get a taste of the album a little sooner. Beck has said Morning Phase should be treated as a companion album to his 2002 LP, Sea Change.
"Supergroups" or alternative vehicles for established stars make for interesting thinking. When a group of artists from other musical projects come together, sometimes there is a lack of chemistry and a sense of near misses.
One of this country’s great talents, Tom E Lewis’ newest release is a great example of Australian country and roots music. You can feel the burning sun and expanse of the outback as Lewis fills your speakers with his world weary voice and jangling guitar.