Daylight Disguise is the debut EP of self-proclaimed alternate folk pop artist Neda.
Neda’s transition into music has been a slow and winding journey, much like her former occupation as a train driver. When driving 30,000 tonne trains across abandoned areas of Western Australia, Neda made the decision to pursue a full time career in music.
Roleo is a Sydney man with a knack for house beats and trip-hop. Recently he’s released his free to download EP Binge Beats Vol.2. I’m already familiar with his sound. It’s laid-back and addictive to say the least. Kind of like a nice sedative for the ears. Binge Beats Vol.1 was no exception. His breakaway from the group, Daily Meds, that he’s known for laying down music with was the start of something wonderful.
Let’s Say We Did is a Swedish indie band, formed in 2008. They have an alternative rock feel and give an interesting take on their edgy style. Their new album, Hello Creatures, continues this relaxed rock style, with elements of poppy melodies and forlorn vocals.
With Sonic Youth on a seemingly indefinite hiatus following the breakdown of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s marriage, we can now try to appreciate the band’s legacy. However, rather than muse over his past triumphs, Moore, who is now 54, has formed a new band which is loud and brash. Chelsea Light Moving are named after a moving company which was created by Philip Glass, and which for a time also employed Steve Reich, but Chelsea’s music is far from an exercise in minimalism.
Hailing from Greece, Wonky Doll and the Echo (I’m dying to know how they came up with the name) formed mid-2010. Since then they’ve already released their LP and toured the hotspots of Athens- these guys have made big strides in a short amount of time. But I’m here to talk about the album. The title, Pleasant Thoughts, is great for a debut. It’s short and a little cheeky. They’ve got a great sound going for this first batch of repertoire. Influences from the 80s are obvious after hearing a good spattering of synth and bass in their songs. Very indie, very shoegaze, very awesome.
For someone who is regularly possessed by the rhythm and spirit of Reggae and Ska, Melbourne Ska Orchestra instantly becomes an obsession. Even the simple concept of a vast orchestra with an 18-piece horn section playing a style I find it difficult not to move to is orgasmic, let alone when they actually start playing. After years of dazzling festival audiences with their high-energy sound, I finally have a product that captures that performance to a tee and allows for compulsive playback in my very own living room.
FIDLAR (meaning Fuck It Dog, Life's A Risk) are just what a young garage punk band should be. Few friends making some tunes but mostly looking to get drunk and party. They have a great ethos behind the band that basically is just a big middle finger to everyday society and they are just going to do what they want. It's refreshing to see such abandonment of convention and reestablishing a punk ethic that to be honest, is long gone in most of the new bands on the scene today.
The latest hype-surrounded band emerging from the UK, Palma Violets have just released their first album, 180. Dripping in reverb with muffled vocals, twangy guitars and clattering drums, the album is an attempt at a step back in time to 60s garage rock.
Released early February this year Green Line Grooves is a collaboration of Australian artists. There’s a lot of love in this album and for good reason too. If you’re not clued in, The Thin Green Line Foundation’s mission is to “protect the protectors”. In creating this album, they aim to raise funds to support park rangers all over the globe. There are over thousands of rangers killed in action every year. Some attacked by poachers while others suffer some of Mother Nature’s nastier moments. The album has a bluesy rock vibe to its skeleton, with lots of little surprises in the body of the sound.
Who doesn’t like a good pirate ballad, a sea song or the odd chantey? I have an appreciation for all of the above and if I‘ve had a few wines, well then, my appreciation increases tenfold. But what I am talking about here is double album full of pirate thieving, ship sinking, treasure stealing good tunes. Allow me to introduce you to the Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.
Shoegaze is a deceptively simple genre. While it is relatively easy to write a standard shoegaze tune, forming something which is novel, refreshing and dynamic can be difficult when guitar pedals are the ones doing most of the work. On their second EP, Sydney group Virgo Rising create nostalgic spurts of blurry shoegaze with a noise-pop undercurrent, yet seem to get irreversibly lost in their own walls of sound.
Ingredients celebrates the best of Melbourne band The Basics' last four albums, EPs and singles in one collection that is sure to gain The Basics a larger fan base.
Welsh rock band Stereophonics are set to release eighth studio album Graffiti on the Train on March 4th. The band received mixed reviews on their previous album Keep Calm and Carry On, and it’s quite obvious that the boys are back to prove the critics wrong.
Canadian Indie Pop band Stars are currently touring North America after a brief jaunt around out own country. In commemoration of the tour, Stars have released a tour EP featuring the three acts joining them on tour. The bands accompanying Stars on tour and featuring on the You Guys Are Awesome tour EP, are fellow Canadians Yukon Blonde; Said the Whale and Californian based Milo Greene.
Ministry of Sound have pulled together another epic collection of electronica and dance tracks, this time in the form of dubstep anthems. UK bass loving DJ Calvertron and Aussie producer/DJ Filth Collins have mixed a disk each on the double album, forming a 2 disk, 57 track, ultimate compilation.