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.
Melbourne Writers Festival

8 sessions not to miss at this year’s virtual Melbourne Writers Festival

August 6, 2020

Life finds a way. Or, in this case, literary festivals find a way. As with many sectors COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the publishing and literary communities in Australia. Plans have been disrupted with author tours, book events, award galas and now literary festivals having to be cancelled or venture online. Melbourne Writers […]

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These Guy

Exclusive Album Premiere: These Guy – These Guy House (2020 LP)

August 6, 2020

Brisbane psych-pop outfit These Guy are all set to release their new album, These Guy House, this week. The mini-album, which officially releases tomorrow, was conceived, written, recorded and mixed all during the early months of Queensland’s lockdown. We all knew they were going to come eventually, the pandemic albums, but perhaps not quite so […]

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Chutney

Exclusive Single Premiere: Chutney “Outcast” (2020)

August 5, 2020

Everyone’s favourite pioneers of ‘condiment rock’ Chutney make their return this week with “Outcast”. It’s the Gold Coast indie rockers second single lifted from their forthcoming self-titled EP release. It follows on from “Genie’s Lamp” released last month. Officially released on Thursday, we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first listen of the new single.  […]

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Ex-Olympian

Track of the Day: Ex-Olympian “Voices In My Head” (2020)

August 3, 2020

“Voices In My Head” is the debut single from Ex-Olympian, the new musical vessel for Melbourne’s Liam McGorry. If you recognise that name, it’s because he’s the principal songwriter and musician for a host of bands, including Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins. But, with both projects officially on hiatus, Ex-Olympian will be his main focus going […]

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Hugh Klein

Exclusive Single Premiere: Hugh Klein “Quand C’est Mou” (2020)

August 3, 2020

We’re delighted to be kicking off the week with the exclusive premiere of “Quand C’est Mou”; the exquisite debut release from Melbourne composer and musician Hugh Klein.  Recorded between France and Melbourne, “Quand C’est Mou” explores ideas of awakening, rebirth and genuine intimacy. The ‘theme’, as Klein describes the single, forms part of a larger conversation […]

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Justin Stewart Cotta

Exclusive Video Premiere: Justin Stewart Cotta “Longing Is Not Love” (2020)

July 31, 2020

Sydney singer-songwriter Justin Stewart Cotta has had a pretty busy 2020, surprising fans with a slew of singles and older tracks back at the beginning of the year. Now he’s back with his punchy and empowering new single “Longing Is Not Love”. Today we’re stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of the single’s music […]

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Fontaines D.C.

Interview: Fontaines D.C. (Ireland) chat A Hero’s Death, life in lockdown, and working with Aidan Gillen

July 30, 2020

This week marks the return of Irish rockers Fontaines D.C.. The Dublin-based band are all set to release A Hero’s Death, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Dogrel. The album’s success, including a Mercury Prize nomination, saw the band spend a considerable amount of time on the road. A transience that has ultimately […]

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Touch

Exclusive Single Premiere: Nuria “Touch” (2020)

July 29, 2020

2020 has been a prolific year for Tasmanian indie-pop artist Nuria, and she’s showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. On Friday July 31st, she’ll be dropping single number eight for the year, the punchy and powerful “Touch”. If like us, you can’t wait,  you’re in luck, as we’re bringing you this exclusive first listen. […]

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Gaspar Sanz

Track of the Day: Gaspar Sanz “On My Mind” (2020)

July 29, 2020

Sydney indie-rockers Gaspar Sanz are back with, “On My Mind”, their second single of the year. Written back in 2019, the single’s message of utilising your own oppression as a form of power has become all the more poignant and timely in the increasing mess of uncertainty that is 2020.  Recorded in Sydney with producer […]

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An eclectic longlist announced for 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction

July 28, 2020

The 2020 Longlist for the Booker Prize has today been unveiled, bringing with it its fair share of surprises. Though the inclusion of one title, Hilary Mantel‘s The Mirror & The Light, will likely shock no-one. That said this year’s longlist looks to be an eclectic mixture of established talents and debut authors. That the majority […]

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Thelma Plum, Miiesha and more to perform at 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards

July 28, 2020

The guest performers for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards have been announced today. The awards, which will be broadcast on across TV, Radio and online on August 8th, will feature performances from national treasure Archie Roach, Gamilaraay singer Thelma Plum, Pitjantjatjara and Torres Strait Island R&B star Miiesha and more.  The evening will also […]

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WAM’s Song of the Year Awards party goes virtual this week

July 27, 2020

It’s become pretty much the norm these days, but WAM (West Australian Music) are taking the Awards Party for their 2020 Song of the Year competition online this year. The virtual awards party will be coming to you live from WAM’s Facebook page, this Wednesday, July 29th from 7:30pm (AWST). With Odette Mercy on MC duties, […]

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Oracle Sisters

Guest Playlist: Oracle Sisters (FRA) reveal the tracks that influenced their debut EP Paris I

July 23, 2020

Parisian trio Oracle Sisters released their debut EP, Paris I earlier this month via New York independent label 22Twenty. Mixed by Noah Georgesen (The Strokes, Marlon Williams), the EP is an ode to their adoptive home and its imagined futures. Over the past twelve months, in the build up to the EP’s release, the band have worked to build […]

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National Indigenous Music Awards

Miiesha and Baker Boy head up the finalists for National Indigenous Music Awards 2020

July 13, 2020

Today the nominations for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards were announced, with Miiesha and Baker Boy leading the way with three nominations apiece.  The awards, with their sizeable geographic and genre range, honour the best of First Nations musical talent. The twenty-four finalists are spread across seven categories and represent a diverse and rich […]

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Flyder

Track of the Day: sir Was & Casper Clausen “Flyder” (2020)

July 13, 2020

“Flyder” is the striking new single from Gothenburg-based artist and producer sir Was. The new release was created in collaboration with Casper Clausen, the lead singer of experimental Danish post-rockers Efterklang.  The new single started life as a small sketch last year, when sir Was, real name Joel Wästberg, joined up with Clausen and Efterklang […]

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Woodlock

Exclusive Video Premiere: Woodlock “Start Again” (2020)

July 10, 2020

Melbourne-based trio Woodlock make their return today, releasing new music for the first time in four years. The band consist of brothers Zech and Eze Walters, and drummer Bowen Purcell. Born out of the divorce of guitarist and vocalist Zech Walters, “Start Again”, is unsurprisingly given its title, a song all about rebirth and renewal. Which […]

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Howlite Stranger

“There are monsters under your bed”: Talking “Stranger” and Not Here with Melbourne’s Howlite

July 9, 2020

As Melbourne once again enters into lockdown, locals Howlite are all set to release their striking new single “Stranger”. A long time in the making, “Stranger”, is the final track to be released from their forthcoming EP, Not Here, which is scheduled to be released in September, barring any further COVID-19 induced disruptions.  Unsurprisingly, the […]

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Track of the Day: Slow Pulp “Idaho” (2020)

July 9, 2020

Chicago-based rock quartet Slow Pulp have announced the forthcoming release of their debut album Moveys, with the release of new single “Idaho”.  The band, originally from Madison, Wisconsin, entered their true form when Emily Massey (guitar/vocals) joined with lifelong childhood friends Alex Leeds (bass), Teddy Matthews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar), ahead of the release […]

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Last Cigarette

Guest Playlist: Melody Moko shares the songs that influenced new single “Last Cigarette”

July 9, 2020

Brisbane-based Americana singer-songwriter Melody Moko releases her new single, “Last Cigarette” this Friday July 10th. The single is taken from her forthcoming second album, which Moko recorded last year in Nashville, TN with acclaimed producer Neilson Hubbard, following a successful US tour with Catherine Britt.  Melody released her debut album, The Wreckage in 2017. Since then, she’s […]

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Black Rabbit George

Exclusive Single Premiere: Black Rabbit George “Fingers Radio” (2020)

July 9, 2020

Gold Coast-based artist Black Rabbit George is all set to release his new album, Warren, next month. But first, comes the delightfully dreamy lead single, “Fingers Radio”. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive first taste, psychedelic visuals and all, ahead of its official release date tomorrow. Black Rabbit George is the new project from […]

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Kev Carmody

Seminal Kev Carmody tribute album Cannot Buy My Soul to be reissued with new recordings

July 9, 2020

It’s been announced today that Cannot Buy My Soul, the seminal Kev Carmody tribute album first released in 2007, is set to be re-released. Out on August 21st, the 2020 edition will feature new recordings of Carmody’s songs from artists such as Courtney Barnett, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alice Skye and Electric Fields.  Carmody is one of […]

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Mazlin

Exclusive Single Premiere: K. L. Mazlin “Middle Ground” (2020)

July 8, 2020

Former Hungry Kid of Hungary K. L. Mazlin is continuing on his journey into solo territory. Following the positive response to his debut single “Aurora Glass”, he’s back with new single “Middle Ground”. Officially releasing tomorrow, we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive premiere of the new track.  “Middle Ground” is an ode to getting older, […]

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AR Pinewood

Track of the Day: A.R. Pinewood “Hotel” (2020)

July 6, 2020

Move over Orville Peck there’s a new mysterious cowboy country singer on the scene: A.R. Pinewood. His debut album, No Life, dropped on Friday on Scotland’s Lost Map Records.  The creativity that’s gone into the production of this album, is amply matched in the project’s fictional backstory. A heartbroken cyber-cowboy, forged in Colorado, but programmed […]

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The Harriets

Track of the Day: The Harriets “Trip To The Moon” (2020)

June 30, 2020

With the release of the debut album Hopefuls all set for next month, let us introduce you to The Harriets. Fronted by lead vocalists Daniel Parker-Smith and Ben Schrodel, The Harriets are a Leeds-based alternative rock/pop four-piece. Live, they’re joined by Jess Womack (keys) and Ryan Bailey (drums).  The band head towards the release of […]

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Tom West

Track by Track: Tom West walks us through his new album Antarctica

June 25, 2020

Singer-songwriter Tom West released his new album, Antarctica, on Friday. The album, produced by Allen Tate in Brooklyn, was written following the death of West’s father from motor neurone disease.  It is the culmination of a three year journey around America; touring, couch surfing, and playing as much as possible. That was until a Husky […]

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Joshua Moriarty

Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Joshua Moriarty’s new single “Isolation”

June 18, 2020

Melbourne songwriter, composer and podcast host Joshua Moriarty has returned with his new single, the aptly titled “Isolation”.  The Miami Horror frontman wrote and recorded the song in 2019, working with the ARIA nominated producer Tony Buchen, in LA. The single forms part of Moriarty’s third record Melancholia, which is set to be released later […]

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Miles Franklin

The 2020 Miles Franklin Award shortlist unveiled

June 18, 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced yesterday evening. As has become the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic the announcement was made online via a live YouTube presentation.  The award, established in 1954, celebrates the best of Australian character and creativity whilst recognising “the novel of the highest literary merit […]

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Airport Lights

“Airport Lights”: Searching for a connection with Tully John and Liza-Jane

June 11, 2020

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the Australian music scene. Festivals have been cancelled or rescheduled, and countless tours have been grounded. Even though restrictions are starting to lift, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the situation and the pandemic’s lasting impact on the country’s music and arts […]

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Elsie Lange

Track of the Day: Elsie Lange “Adelaide” (2020)

June 11, 2020

Melbourne singer-songwriter Elsie Lange has released her new single, “Adelaide”. The track is the first single from her debut solo EP Talk To Me, which is set for release in August. Recorded with artist/producer Calum Newton, “Adelaide” grapples with the notion of being confused and far from home.  Although she is firmly in solo singer-songwriter […]

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Kee'ahn

Track of the Day: Kee’ahn “Better Things” (2020)

June 8, 2020

“Better Things” is the sublime debut single from First Nations singer-songwriter Kee’ahn. It’s also the first taste of her forthcoming debut album, In Full Bloom. Introspective and soulful, “Better Things”, chronicles Kee’ahn’s journey from self-doubt to empowerment and joy.  Kee’ahn is a proud Gugu Yalanji, Jirrbal, Zenadth Kes song woman, and a recent transplant to the […]

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