Author: Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.
One Morning

Track of the Week: Happy Axe “One Morning” (Feat. Butternut Sweetheart) (2021)

May 19, 2021

“One Morning” is the new single from Melbourne-based violinist, vocalist and composer Emma Kelly aka Happy Axe. On this dreamy and beautiful single the Canberra native has enlisted the help of friend and new collaborator Butternut Sweetheart.  “One Morning”, is the second single to be released from Happy Axe’s second album Maybe It’ll Be Beautiful, […]

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Dunluvly

Exclusive Single Premiere: Dunluvly “Hazey” (2021)

May 13, 2021

Dublin-based singer-songwriter and producer Dunluvly is all set to release his new single, “Hazey”. The single, a delightful slice of dream pop, is the culmination of three years work, and we’re pleased to bring you this exclusive first listen ahead of its official release tomorrow.  The single is Dunluvly’s first since the release of his […]

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Kyle Jenkins

Brisbane’s Kyle Jenkins leads us through his new solo album Love Lost Love

May 13, 2021

Brisbane artist Kyle Jenkins is back with the first of two planned solo albums: Love, Lost Love. Released at the end of April, the album is an introspective and philosophical collection of songs that deals with disappointments, disillusionment, longing, and of course, love.  The album’s fifteen tracks have been intentionally left sparse and pared back. […]

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Chris Lanzon

Track of the Week: Chris Lanzon “Always Forever” (2021)

May 5, 2021

Sydney singer-songwriter and producer Chris Lanzon releases a new single, his second for the year, today. “Always Forever”, is the final single to be released from Lanzon’s forthcoming EP Far From Perfect, which is out June 11th on Hunnydew Recordings.  “Always Forever”, with its soft instrumentation and lyrical introspection, is a delicate and charming slice […]

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Kid Le Chat

Exclusive EP Premiere: Kid Le Chat –Luck Comes Too Late (2021 EP)

May 4, 2021

US and Brazilian indie duo Kid Le Chat are all set to release their brand new EP, Luck Comes Too Late this week. Ahead of its official release on Wednesday, May 5th we bring you this exclusive first listen, and a track by track walk through from the band.  Luck Comes Too Late, the group’s […]

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First time nominees dominate 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist

April 29, 2021

The 2021 shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced at a virtual event overnight. This year’s shortlist is one for the newcomers, with none of the six shortlisted authors having been previously shortlisted for the Prize. The six strong shortlist, which was selected by Chair of judges, Bernardine Evaristo and her judging panel […]

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Book Review: Dawnie Walton’s debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is headliner material

April 22, 2021

Since the release of Daisy Jones and the Six back in 2019, narratives about fictional bands, singers and songwriters have undergone something of a renaissance. Dawnie Walton’s debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev builds on the oral history format of Daisy Jones, and takes the next step. Walton succeeds in telling a story […]

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EJ Worland

Interview: EJ Worland talks No One Left To Blame and recording and working in America

April 21, 2021

We’re big fans of EJ Worland here at the AU. His debut EP No One Left To Blame, which dropped earlier this month, was our Album of the Week. His single “Over The Pond” came in at 27 on our 40 Best Australian Tracks of 2020 too.  His is a sound firmly rooted in the […]

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Win a double pass to the 2021 ABIA Gala

April 21, 2021

Next week, Wednesday April 28th, will see the best and brightest of Australian literature descend on Sydney’s Carriageworks for the premier event in the Australian book industry calendar; and we’re giving five of you the chance to join them.  We have five General Admissions double passes to give away to the 2021 ABIAs Awards Gala. […]

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Rhiannon Giddens

Album Review: Rhiannon Giddens’ They’re Calling Me Home is a timely meditation on the comforts of home

April 13, 2021

I told myself that I wouldn’t entertain pandemic adjacent albums. But, Rhiannon Giddens’ latest, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, has proven to be an exception. It helps that it’s not an album of songs about sourdough and lockdowns. It also helps that it’s superb.  They’re Calling Me Home is a timely album, with pertinent […]

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HEN

Track of the Week: HEN “Devil’s Sound” (2021)

April 7, 2021

“Devil’s Sound” is the latest synth-led slice of dark pop from Brooklyn’s HEN. HEN, who’s real name is Henry Kaye, is a rising Queer star, producer and singer-songwriter.  Last year saw him release his debut EP Velvet Rage and the stand alone single “Roll Back”; and now he’s teamed up with experienced producer Yoad Nevo […]

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Anticipated Books 2021

The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021: Apr – Jun

March 29, 2021

Somehow we’re three months into the year and Easter is just around the corner. So it’s time for another look into our most anticipated books of 2021. This time we’ve taken a deep dive into the books set to be published April through to June.  With so many books published each week and month, this […]

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Maple Mall

Guest Playlist: Maple Mall let us in on their favourite road trip tunes

March 25, 2021

Illawarra indie quartet Maple Mall are back with a new single — “Down This Way” — their second for 2021 so far; and only their third single of their career overall.  “Down This Way” is another cracking release from the lads from Illawarra. It really hits those chilled out late summer vibes perfectly. Three singles […]

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The 2021 Stella Prize Shortlist unveiled

March 25, 2021

This morning the Stella Prize have announced their 2021 shortlist live on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program.  The 2021 shortlist spans fiction and non-fiction and showcases the extraordinary talent and ingenuity on display across the Australian literary landscape. The 2021 prize saw the judges receive over 160 entries from Australian women and non-binary writers.  Earlier […]

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Lord Huron

Track of the Week: Lord Huron “Mine Forever” (2021)

March 24, 2021

Lord Huron is back and with a new album on the way. On May 21st the alt-country outfit will release their fourth album: Long Lost.  The group have already kick started the album cycle with the release of the first single “Mine Forever”. Long Lost is billed as a concept album. It is centred around […]

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WAMAwards 2020

Spacey Jane win big at star-studded 2020 WAMAwards

March 24, 2021

Last night saw the best and brightest of WA’s music scene come together to celebrate the very best of 2020 at the WAMAwards.  Taking place as part of WA Music Week, the evening was testament to Western Australia’s vibrant, talented, and resilient music scene, with live performances from winners, Adrian Dzvuke, Noah Dillon and more. […]

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Pip Williams

Pip Williams and The Dictionary of Lost Words are the big winners at the Indie Book Awards 2021

March 22, 2021

For the second year the Indie Book Awards have been announced online, with The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams announced as Australian independent booksellers’ favourite book of the year. On winning the award, Pip Williams hailed the work of Australia’s independent booksellers as they adapted to working in a pandemic lockdown: “The Dictionary […]

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Camarano

WA’s Camarano takes us on a journey through their debut album, Where Am I Now?

March 18, 2021

Last week saw West Australian act Camarano release their debut album, Where Am I Now?.  The album is the band’s first major release since their EP Shadow Calling in 2019. Meanwhile, they’ve been teasing the album across the last year, drip feeding us a trio of singles: “Holiday Inn”, “Give It To Me Straight”, and […]

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Paradise Teo & Jay

Exclusive Single Premiere: Teo & Jay “Paradise” (2021)

March 18, 2021

Duo Teo & Jay release their second single of 2021 this week. “Paradise”, only the duo’s third single, is a sweet self-produced slice of R&B. Officially released on Friday, we’re excited to bring you this chance to hear it before the rest. The duo met at Berkley’s College of Music, and have been working together […]

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Sydney Writers Festival

Sydney Writers Festival comes back strong for 2021

March 12, 2021

After having to cancel last year’s festival due to COVID, Sydney Writers Festival is coming back stronger and bolder in 2021.  According to Artistic Director Michael Williams, who joined the Festival last year, the theme for the 2021 Festival is “Within Reach”, and will highlight the writers who are shaping Australian literature right now.  “It […]

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The Lamplighters

Book Review: A real world disappearance and fictional secrets combine in Emma Stonex’s The Lamplighters

March 11, 2021

Cornwall, December 1972. Three lighthouse keepers vanish from a remote offshore lighthouse. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped. And, the Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a mighty storm that never happened. This is the set-up for Emma Stonex’s The Lamplighters. The Lamplighters is inspired by real events, despite its […]

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The longlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction has arrived

March 11, 2021

Early this morning the longlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced. This year’s sixteen strong longlist honours and celebrates a selection of both new and well-established writers. The list also draws from across a range of genres, and the sixteen novels explore a variety of themes, from family and motherhood, to themes […]

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Catch Your Flow

Track of the Week: Syrup “Catch Your Flow” (2021)

March 10, 2021

Brisbane alt-pop duo Syrup are back with their latest single “Catch Your Flow”. Co-produced by Slum Sociable‘s Ed Quinn, “Catch Your Flow” is a certified bop, and should be added to your playlists post haste.  Tackling topics of uncertainty and longing for a ‘sign’ from the universe, the new single blends the duo’s now signature […]

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Dropbear

Book Review: Past, present, and Australiana come under the microscope in Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear

March 9, 2021

Poetry and prose, critique and compassion all come together in Dropbear, the debut collection from award-winning writer, poet and editor Evelyn Araluen. It’s a remarkable collection; smart, thoughtful and articulate. To put it frankly, it comes as a surprise that this is Araluen’s debut book. Dropbear explores the imagery and mythology surrounding popular ideas of […]

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Julien Baker

Interview: Julien Baker talks Little Oblivions, songwriting, boygenius and creative freedom

February 23, 2021

Singer-songwriter Julien Baker is all set to release her forthcoming album Little Oblivions later this week. Officially released on February 26th, the album delivers a sound that is bigger, bolder and more expansive than the sparse intimacy that we’ve come to expect from Baker. Recorded pre-COVID, Little Oblivions might be a sonic shift for Baker, […]

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Highline

Interview: “Staying Sane” with Sydney’s Highline

February 22, 2021

Sydney’s Highline haven’t let a little thing like a global pandemic throw off their hard earned momentum. The quartet are back with a new single, “Staying Sane”, and with the promise of more to come.  It was still early days for the band pre-covid. They’d released their debut EP and played their first ever shows […]

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Win a double in-season pass to MINARI in Australia

February 11, 2021

Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have ten double passes to give away to the upcoming release of the Golden Globe-nominated MINARI, the tender and sweeping story for writer/director Lee Isaac Chung, and starring Steven Yuen. The film arrives in Australian cinemas on February 18th. Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in […]

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The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness

Album Review: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness deliver positivity, hooks and jangle on new album Songs From Another Life (2021 LP)

February 5, 2021

If you like your guitar’s jangly, then look no further than Songs From Another Life, the sophomore album from indie rock duo The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness.   By way of introduction, the band are something of an atypical endeavour. The band’s two members – Gonzalo Marcos (from Spanish indie popsters El Palacio de […]

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Sturle Dagsland

Album Review: Sturle Dagsland captivates with vocal versatility on his self titled debut

February 4, 2021

Armed with an impressive array of obscure and worldly instruments and an astounding vocal, Norwegian artist Sturle Dagsland has crafted an album that is extraordinary, compelling and undoubtedly idiosyncratic. That it is his debut, makes it all the more remarkable. When I reviewed “Kusanagi”, the album’s lead single back in October, I remarked that it […]

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Book Review: Randa Jarrar is provocative and unabashed in her memoir Love Is An Ex-Country

February 4, 2021

Love Is An Ex-Country is the compelling new memoir from Arab American writer and academic Randa Jarrar. The book (much like its author) is provocative, powerful and utterly unabashed. Presented as a travel memoir, Love is an Ex-Country begins with Jarrar heading on a cross-country road trip, emulating a similar trip taken by celebrated Egyptian […]

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