The highly praised tribal leader of indie synth returns with his first album in four years. We’re of course talking about Neon Indian and his long awaited LP Vega INTL. Night School, officially available this Friday.
There are many things in life that most people would deem to be unnecessary. Examples of these include public transport that doesn’t work, hot cross buns that look like choc-chip but are actually sultana, and now Ryan Adams’ cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989. To set the precedent for this review, I personally consider a cover to be ‘good’ when it adds to the original or changes it in a way that’s interesting and sparks thoughts of how other songs would sound in that style.
Art vs Science are back. And before you go jumping down my throat with the 'they didn't go anywhere!'s, the truth is that they did. Regardless of how well received their 2014 EP was, you cannot deny that the Sydney trio at one point trod a tightrope hovering over either falling into a party jam void or striking out into material perhaps too experimental for the fans ready to take off their tops with each French command.
If there's anything to go by with today's metalcore scene, it's safe to say that some bands have reached a plateau in regards to creativity and sound. After listening to Parkway Drive's IRE, this record is truly a cathartic approach to what has been firing them up lately. From politics to the cruel things happening around the world, IRE is a solid album that addresses feelings of anger, revealing an aggressive side to the band with a different sound influence in mind.
Scottish electronic trio CHVRCHES received quite a bit of attention from their 2013 debut record The Bones of What You Believe; a highly sporadic record that caught on with ravenous hooks of electronic beats and indie elements, becoming a gamechanger for the alternative scene. With the trio's sophomore release Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES have created a perfect follow-up: something that flows effortlessly, and is consistently full of wonderful goodness...
In Sui Zhen’s Secretly Susan, slanted electro-pop meets creative zeal, and it’s kind of wonderful. The entire album is drenched in gentle summer breeze, clear blue-sky imagery and at its whimsical best simply floats and flutters from note to note. But there’s so much more than meets the eye with Sui Zhen, the alias of Melbourne-based artist Becky Sui Zhen, including an uncanny ability to find musical and conceptual clarity where many others wouldn’t bother to look.
Carving one’s own niche is difficult at the best of times, but it’s a whole new ball game when the name of one of the world’s most popular bands precedes you. Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio rises to the challenge on his first full-length solo release, The Names.
Meet Hayden Eller. The man behind the music project, The Co Founder and an artist that has produced a moving EP titled Old Programs/New Beliefs. Using his own equipment to produce and mix his own material, Eller shows a fiery passion that has made him create songs that resonate quite well with the raw and honest acoustics. Even if this is only a start, his songwriting is profound and one that will provide a great sentiment to those wanting music that will build an emotional connection with themselves and the events that are happening around them.
With Frank Turner, you know what you're getting. Sometimes it's fast and upbeat and sometimes it's quite and thoughtful, but it's always that special brand of English folk-punk, in the tradition of Billy Bragg - except that Turner is apparently pretty right-wing. He also has a pretty impressive output for one skinny English dude – Positive Songs For Negative People is his sixth album in eight years.
It often takes a few listens to get into a song, but there’s no denying the sweet moment of that feeling like you've heard a new song before. Gary Clark Jr. oozes familiar, old-school sentimentality among creative production, and his latest record The Story of Sonny Boy Slim will delight most and move many.
A glorious, warm and varied alt-country album by rural Australia’s very own Fanny Lumsden, Small Town Big Shot is a hugely impressive debut that brims with Fanny’s vivacious personality and an abundance of talent. From the get-go Fanny Lumsden and her band The Thrillseekers’ music (and on stage presence) had something special with their vibrant country spirit – from their cowboy boot toe-tapping tunes to upbeat tales that only a born and bred farm girl could tell.
I've always had a soft spot for Lifehouse. Having grown up with the band during my teenage years and listening to records such as No Name No Face, Stanley Climbfall, Who We Are and Smoke & Mirrors, I loved how intimate and honest the songs they created back then and it created a wonderful space of comfort whenever I needed something pleasant to listen to. With their latest offering of Out of the Wasteland, Lifehouse have brought a strong alternative rock sound in their music, maintaining a consistent sound that has brought a cohesive album...
Officially confirmed as seventh act for next year's Soundwave Festival, much hype has surrounded UK metalcore giants, Bring Me The Horizon, with the announcement taking place on release day of their latest LP, That's The Spirit. It's interesting to see how the band have developed over time, looking at their past roots of deathcore in Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season to having them form a solid metalcore foundation in both There is a Hell and Sempiternal. That's The Spirit show a different side to the quintet and one that took on an electronic/alternative approach with their music and having frontman, Oliver Sykes confidently showcase his singing side...
Oh man. No Closer To Heaven. This is such a goddamn incredible album I'm actually a little floored. I've been a fan of The Wonder Years since their first album, The Upsides, which is a fun, catchy piece of 'I-hate-my-town' American pop-punk. Unfortunately, I figured that, as the band matured, they'd kind of get lost in over-production and whiny lyrics like a lot of straight-forward, essentially gimmick-less pop punk bands do. They're a band I've always had a soft spot for, but never felt like they were my favourite band... I was wrong, I'm woman enough to admit that. I've been listening to this album on repeat for five days and I'm still not over it...