At Sunday’s ARIA awards Gotye took out Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release for Making Mirrors, and Best Single for “Somebody That I Used To Know”, his massive hit featuring Kimbra. And tonight he won the J Award. Consequently, it is very likely that many of you who are predisposed to liking Wally De Backer, or even mildly interested, already have this album, making this review at worst slightly redundant, and at best, a little late.
Rupert Orton is the guitarist for The Jim Jones Revue. They're coming back to town for Falls Festival and Southbound Festival and some sideshows. We talked to him about the upcoming tour (and their last tour in Australia) from his home base in the UK.
AU: How are you this morning? Is it morning there? Where are you?
Rupert: No, it's evening man. I'm not bad, I'm not bad.
Day 2 of The Queenscliff Music Festival began with surprisingly drinkable coffee from a van, and an interesting discussion about the current state of the Australian music industry at The Vue Grand, a beautiful hotel in the middle of town, which was organised by Music Victoria and mediated by its CEO, Patrick Donovan.
On Saturday afternoon we had the pleasure of joining the "beautiful people" for the second annual Take 40 Stars of Summer party, presented by the new Toyota Yaris. Featuring high energy performances from Sneaky Sound System and Havana Brown, it would be hard to compare the event to last years (in which Jamiroquai headlined), but the popular beats got everyone dancing all the same.
Gossamer is the debut album from Perth siren Felicity Groom, and I have to admit even after four or five listens I am still struggling to believe that it is her debut. Such is the quality of the record, and the confidence and poise with which Groom delivers it. Gossamer is a hauntingly beautiful record replete with a fantastic ethereal and mesmerising vocal performance from Groom, as well as engaging and vibrant instrumentation.
Sydney Singer-Songwriter Isaac Graham is back with Nomads, the follow up single to his debut album Empty Vessels (an album I definitely recommend you listen to if you haven’t already). Though he wields an acoustic, Graham isn’t your standard singer-songwriter. He sits more in the fashion of folk punk troubadours like Frank Turner and Tom Gabel.
You're coming to Australia for the St.Jeromes Laneway festivals. What are you expecting about this experience?
I'm really excited about the idea of a travelling festival. I have never experienced that before so I think it is going to be really fun. I'm Canadian so I am mainly just excited to be in Australia for February which is our worst month of the year.
Folk is a genre that doesn’t gel with everyone but occasionally an artist comes along whose music is so inherently beautiful and honest that it commands your attention. Dan Flynn is one such musician and his third LP to be released under the Major Chord moniker is gorgeously constructed pop that soothes as it inspires with his dulcet tones and the genteel nature of his sound.