Author: Dylan Marshall

The 40 Best Albums of 2020

December 10, 2020

the AU review is proud to announce The 40 Best Albums of 2020, from Australia and around the world. Who will top our 12th annual list? Read on to find out, and enjoy streams of the records as you scroll through. 40. San Cisco – Between You & Me After more than a decade together, San […]

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Album of the Week: The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You (2020 LP)

December 10, 2020

It was always going to be hard for The Avalanches to follow up their debut Since I Left You. At the time of its release, it was groundbreaking and re-wrote the way in which music could and would be created. It may have taken them sixteen years to follow it up, but 2016’s Wildflower went […]

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YUNGBLUD

Album of the Week: YUNGBLUD – weird! (2020 LP)

December 3, 2020

YUNGBLUD has been pretty busy since realising his debut album in 2018. With a slew of features and collaborations in the two years since, he’s been pushing the limits on what sound he’s creating and who, as a result, may want to listen to his music. Following a tender single with Halsey in 2019, he’s […]

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Clio Renner

Album Of The Week: Clio Renner – Nothing Breaks, Nothing Mends (2020 LP)

November 26, 2020

Musicians like Clio Renner are what makes the musical landscape go round and round. For every act you know as a near household name, there’s those musicians working in the periphery, as touring or session musicians helping create those songs you’ll play on repeat and love year in, year out. And if you’re lucky enough, […]

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Apart Together

Album of the Week: Tim Minchin – Apart Together (2020 LP)

November 19, 2020

Tim Minchin‘s story is one of many failures and victories. Seemingly as stop as it was start, Minchin is now one of the most recognisable Australian artists anywhere in the world. It may have been a slow burn for him, but ever so slowly and surely the West Australian has managed to cultivate a persona […]

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BENEE

Album of the Week: BENEE – Hey u, x (2020 LP)

November 12, 2020

Few artists worldwide have had as large and impressionable a past two years as BENEE. On the back of a string of hit singles strewn across two simply fantastic EPs, BENEE has seemingly been able to write songs with monster pop hooks, all whilst delivering them with a sweet level of melancholy and sincerity. Here […]

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Egoism

Album of the Week: Egoism deliver a gold mine of classic tunes in On Our Minds (2020 EP)

November 5, 2020

Egoism, the classy two piece from Sydney’s Inner West, return in 2020 with their killer second EP; the floating and completely lovely On Our Minds. Having taken the time to deliver their follow up to 2017’s It’s Wearing Off, On Our Minds is a massive step forward for the duo who’ve seemingly found not only […]

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Tia Gostelow

Album of the Week: Tia Gostelow – Chrysalis (2020 LP)

October 29, 2020

After seemingly coming out of nowhere in 2018 with her absolutely fantastic debut album Thick Skin, Tia Gostelow returns in 2020 with an evolved and 80s inspired sound, and the marvellous new album Chrysalis. Where her debut album was filled with understated and downbeat melody, Chrysalis is full, for the most part, of upbeat groovers that […]

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Ball Park Music

Album of the Week: Ball Park Music are back and bloody glorious on their new self titled LP (2020 LP)

October 22, 2020

There’s a strange level of satisfaction reviewing a new album for such a universally loved band like Ball Park Music. It’s like listening to the news that your best friends are getting married, that you’re going to become a parent for the first time or that the coronavirus has been eradicated. It’s pure, unadulterated excitement, […]

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Album of the Week: Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers (2020 LP)

October 15, 2020

For many people, their music tastes come about in one of two ways: through friends and lived experiences or through their parents and siblings. More recently you could even add the internet to that list. For me, the majority of my musical taste came directly from my dad and brother, while being part of the […]

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Album of the Week: Future Islands – As Long As You Are (2020 LP)

October 8, 2020

In a time and place like 2020, I’m sure I’m not the only person who not only craves for things to go back to some semblance of normality and homogeneity, but also tries to simultaneously avoid the monotonous nature and constant groundhog days we’ve collectively experienced for the past six months. There’s a fine line […]

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The Nude Party

Album of the Week: The Nude Party – Midnight Manor (2020 LP)

October 1, 2020

When I first put on the pre-stream of Midnight Manor, the second album from The Nude Party, I’d just got home from a long day back in the office after seemingly having never left my house for the last six months. Just as I wondered what I was going to cook for dinner having forgotten […]

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Ultra Mono

Album of the Week: IDLES are just as angry and forceful on Ultra Mono (2020 LP)

September 24, 2020

Ever seen a band post about current affairs on their socials, and then read comments where morons say something to the effect of “stick to music”? There’s a very good chance you have. IDLES are the type of band that this would occur to regularly. They’ve built a platform on their anti-establishment themes, lyrics, persona and […]

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Paid Salvation

Album of the Week: A. Swayze & the Ghosts – Paid Salvation (2020 LP)

September 17, 2020

Brash, energetic and full of their own confidence, A. Swayze & the Ghosts are ready to take the guitar rock world by storm – one three minute song at a time. Straight out of the Apple Isle, the four piece debut here with the blistering Paid Salvation and aim to mark their place on the music landscape. […]

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Album of the Week: Everything Everything comes out of hibernation with Re-animator (2020 LP)

September 10, 2020

Everything Everything has always been a band that treads the fine line between grandiose displays of eccentric rock ready for heaving festival crowds, and smart, reclusive, ballad inspired classics fit for a small sweaty room filled with wine and scotch drinks.  Being able to seamlessly meander across this spectrum of sound has enabled the Manchester […]

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San Cisco

Album of the Week: San Cisco – Between You and Me (2020 LP)

September 3, 2020

After more than a decade together, San Cisco (Jordi Davieson on vocals and guitar, Scarlett Stevens on drums, and Josh Biondillo on guitar) are now at a point where they know what they are capable of making and very comfortable in doing so. After albums two and three (Gracetown and The Water) left things a […]

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Album of the Week: Batflowers is Washington at her best and most evocative

August 27, 2020

It’s been a few years between drinks for Washington. After absolutely smashing it in 2010 with her debut album, I Believe You Liar, Washington took a few years to put together the follow up, 2014’s There, There. Across those two albums, Washington proved just how good she is at what she does. With her jazz […]

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Album of the Week: Alex The Astronaut – The Theory of Absolutely Nothing (2020 LP)

August 20, 2020

Who said science and the arts can’t go hand-in-hand? At a time where everyone is being told that STEM is more important than the arts, it’s the Venn diagrams like Alex The Astronaut that help put everything into perspective. Equal parts scientist and musician, Alex The Astronaut has taken a few years to put to […]

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Johnny Hunter

Album of the Week: Johnny Hunter – Early Trauma (2020 EP)

August 13, 2020

It’s hard to place Johnny Hunter, the four piece from Sydney’s Inner West. With a slew of singles already released, their sound changes from dirty and heavy, to anthemic and poetic; from unruly and messy to clean cut and hopeful. One thing that is easier to work out is that Johnny Hunter are a band […]

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Album of the Week: Glass Animals – Dreamland (2020 LP)

August 6, 2020

After teaching us how to be a human being in 2016, Glass Animals have been forced to adapt to a world in 2020 they definitely wouldn’t have even considered four years ago. Following the life-altering injuries sustained to drummer Joe Seaward, the band put plans for album number three on the back burner allowing Seaward […]

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Album of the Week: E^ST takes us through the highs and lows of life on I’m Doing It (2020 LP)

July 23, 2020

If you told me back in 2014 when E^ST released her first single that it would be another six years before we heard a full album from her, I’d have definitely tried to call your bluff.  It feels like E^ST has been around much longer than someone who’s only now releasing their debut album. After […]

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Album of the Week: Lime Cordiale teach us a thing or two on 14 Steps to a Better You (2020 LP)

July 16, 2020

I have a vivid memory of a friend messaging me one day asking if I knew who Lime Cordiale were. This was in about 2014 when we were both getting into using Twitter. I was using it on the back of a Uni assignment, and he was using it to follow the NBA. Anyway, my […]

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Album of the Week: The Beths take the plunge on Jump Rope Gazers (2020 LP)

July 9, 2020

  When The Beths released their debut album Future Me Hates Me in 2018, I thought they were one of the more refreshing and interesting bands of the past couple years. With harmonies aplenty, soaring guitars and ever-so-wordy and clever lyrics, the New Zealand four piece were seemingly bound to become everyone’s second favourite band […]

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Album of the Week: DMA’S shine bright on THE GLOW (2020 LP)

July 2, 2020

More than two years after their dance tinged second album, DMA’S return in 2020 with another mixed bag of treats and hits as they embrace all things old and new on THE GLOW. Much like their progression from their Hills End to For Now albums, THE GLOW has elements of what you’ve come to expect from […]

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Album of the Week: Gordi is comfortable in Our Two Skins (2020 LP)

June 25, 2020

I’m sure someone famous and philosophical once said that your 20’s are a time for self discovery, growth and acceptance. Irrespective of your own self confidence, you spend a lot of this period working out who you are and what you want to be. It’s a time for learning, love, adventure and discovery. For Gordi, […]

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Album of the Week: Jack Garratt brings tenderness and acceptance to Love, Death & Dancing (2020 LP)

June 19, 2020

It’s been four years since Jack Garratt released his debut album to mass love and the weight of expectation that could well ruin the best of artists. And, almost unsurprisingly, this is exactly what happened to him. Touted as the one-stop shop set to change the face of alternative pop, Garratt toured relentlessly for his […]

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Deep Down Happy

Album of the Week: Sports Team deliver on the hype on their debut Deep Down Happy (2020 LP)

June 11, 2020

There’s an immediate punch to Sports Team‘s sound that intrigues you from their opening notes. A certain level of brashness, and a fast-and-loose approach to their debut album Deep Down Happy that sets you in step to instantly love the release. The English six-piece have built a loyal and passionate following on UK shores. That has allowed them […]

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Sports Team

Interview: Sports Team (UK) discuss their debut album and what it’s like to be Deep Down Happy

June 4, 2020

English band Sports Team are on the verge of releasing their debut album, Deep Down Happy, in June. Having postponed its release and all tours on the back of COVID-19, we asked lead singer Alex Rice a few questions about the album, what growing up in England was like, how his lockdown experience has been, […]

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Album Review: Car Seat Headrest – Making a Door Less Open (2020 LP)

April 30, 2020

Will Toledo, frontman of Car Seat Headrest, is surely one of the most prodigiously busy artists in music. While slowing down from his rate of releasing more than two albums a year, the American artist continually pumps out new music and reinvents his sound with every release. Returning in 2020 with Making a Door Less […]

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Album of the Week: Laura Marling delivers comfort and hope with Song For Our Daughter (2020 LP)

April 14, 2020

In such strange times, there are certain things in life that are bound to bring some kind of familiarity to what, at times, feels completely foreign. One of these things is Laura Marling, her songwriting, and the re-assuring nature of her stories. Returning with her seventh studio album, Song For Our Daughter is Laura Marling […]

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