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Album Review: Atomic Tom - ERA (2015 LP)

Taking three years to record, mix and produce, alternative rock/pop outfit, Atomic Tom bring a whopper of a release with their latest offering, ERA. Creating a record themselves surely wasn't easy, however the passion and optimistic tunes that are on this record are sterling. With the band residing from Brooklyn, New York, it's safe to say they were highly driven and easily inspired for ERA, making it one of the best releases I have come across this year.

Album Review: Ocean Carolina - Maudlin Days (2015 LP)

It's easy to assume that all bands start off with an influence of some sort. Whether it's from the music they grew up listening to or the people that have influenced them to start their own band, there is no conventional way of making music; you simply do it because you love it. Carrying over his expertise, frontman of Ocean Carolina, Michael Simone has had a myriad of opportunities to showcase his talents before the band's inception. Together with Simone's work in the EDM industry, what his band has produced is an album that offers an Americana feel - something that warms the heart with its honest way of making you feel like you can breathe the fresh air of the countryside. With Maudlin Days, they take you on a journey of something unique that thrives on its gentle simplicity.

Album Review: Bad//Dreems - Dogs at Bay (2015 LP)

With a name like a synthwave band, and origins in a classic house party for a mate, Bad//Dreems seem to be taking the right steps to cement themselves in Australia’s garage rock culture for the next generation. Below, Meredith reviews their debut album Dogs at Bay...

Album Review: Foals - What Went Down (2015 LP)

Foals have just released their fourth studio album What Went Down and it seems that the two years in between their last LP Holy Fire and now has provided the perfect respite. Mixed reviews put a damper on Foals' track record with the last album, but whatever lilting, lack-lustre tunes that failed some reviewers in the past have been smoothed out with What Went Down for sure.

Album Review: The Rubens - Hoops (2015 LP)

Hoops bleeds blues and booze. The Rubens tell an honest narrative of a 20-something-year-old through smart, nuanced Rock and cheeky lyrics. It’s an album for the cynical - full of heartbreak, one-night stands and arrogance.

Album Review: The Paper Kites - Twelvefour (2015 LP)

Melbourne five-piece The Paper Kites have come a long way from their first EP, Woodland. Over the space of four years, and four releases, the band has maintained a dynamic identity, constantly altering their sound with each sonic offering. Twelvefour has settled on an ethereal yet moody plane comprised of harmonious utterings, lush melodies and nostalgic tastes of where the band first began.

Album Review: Holy Holy - When The Storms Would Come (2015 LP)

When The Storms Would Come

When The Storms Would Come is soaked in an age old world weariness uncharacteristic for its young composers. Oscar Dawson (previously of Dukes of Windsor) and Timothy Carroll - an experienced songwriter himself - have clocked up their fair share of travel miles, originally meeting while volunteering as English teachers in South East Asia and then reconnecting later in Berlin, have spent enough time as musicians to feel themselves aged beyond their contemporaries.

Album Review: Miguel - Wildheart (2015 LP)

Miguel has been setting the bar high with his music. For someone that has a striking ability to apply himself, Wildheart is a sophisticated work of art. Since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, his experimentation with rock music has glued together his songs quite nicely, and the music on this record is no exception. The transition from his slick and contemporary elements of R&B beats has taken Miguel out of his comfort zone and it works. Wildheart is a refreshing look to why it's important to channel creative energies when making new material.

Album Review: Dr. Dre "Compton" (2015 LP)

The third and final solo release from Dr Dre has been over 15 years in the making, jumping off the false-start of the defunct Detox and springing Compton upon us. The result is wholly original, refreshing and hefty with Dre's characteristically ambitious, refined production providing a lush backdrop over which a bevy of on-point guests assisting the pioneer in crafting one of the year's best releases.

Album Review: Lithuania - Hardcore Friends (2015 LP)

Despite being together for about ten years, Lithuania, a Philadelphia pop-punk-ish two piece, have only had a handful EPs and 7-inch released. Surprisingly, Hardcore Friends, released August 14th, is their debut full length. So was it worth the wait?

Album Review: The Basics - The Age Of Entitlement (2015 LP)

Conventional wisdom tells us that being frank is integral to being Australian: it’s what encourages us to be animated and what allows us to disparage our politicians. It’s what the pub rock tradition has been built on. But, as with the genre itself, attitudes have shifted over time: listeners still want critique, but they value subtlety.

Album Review: Tame Impala - Currents (2015 LP)

If you went to Splendour, you may have heard some of Tame Impala’s latest album live. Currents is their latest LP to hit the airwaves and while they go touring it around the globe, we here at the AU are enjoying listening to it at the moment.

Album Review: Mac DeMarco - Another One (2015 Mini-LP)

Another One is the third studio album from Mac DeMarco; the loveable Canadian with the slacker-rock reputation has mastered this mini-LP in less than year, almost the same time Salad Days launched him into acclaim after a string of critically successful projects lit the fire last year.

Album Review: Laura Marling - Short Movie (Director's Cut) (2015 LP)

UK folk singer Laura Marling's fifth album Short Movie was released in March. In an interesting take on the traditional extended edition, Marling has taken the songs from that album to re-record and release them as Short Movie (Director's Cut), which aims to show the development of the songs from Short Movie as Marling has toured with the album since its recording. It's an interesting concept, a way of marking the evolution and life of a song after it's been nailed down to a canonical studio album version.

Album Review: Brigades - Indefinite (2015 LP)

Pure Noise Records seem to be pulling out some decent bands in their roster and Brigades was one I kept my eye on. With their fusion of pop punk and hardcore elements mixed together, I was drawn by their music as soon as I stumbled upon their EP, Crocodile Tears and damn was it good. But with their latest release of their debut LP, Indefinite, the outcome of it all was a little disappointing but nonetheless, this band has great potential.