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.
Josh Johnson

Track of the Day: Josh Johnson “Western Ave” (2020)

September 16, 2020

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Josh Johnson continues to tease his forthcoming debut album Freedom Exercise. The LA via Chicago musician, who has toured and recorded with Makaya McCraven, Leon Bridges and more, dropped the album’s first single “Western Ave” earlier this month.  Johnson moved to Los Angeles eight years ago. It was only supposed to be […]

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Women lead the way on 2020 Booker Prize Shortlist

September 15, 2020

Today the Booker Prize judges announced the six books that make up their 2020 Shortlist. The shortlist was selected from the 162 books submitted for the award. Those 162 were whittled down to an eclectic longlist of thirteen titles back in July, and now the field has been tightened further.  What was already shaping up to […]

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Speak In Tongues

“Speak In Tongues”: Max Lawrence’s guide to 5 queer parties you need to attend after lockdown

September 11, 2020

Melbourne queer alt-popster Max Lawrence is back with a new single this week, the bold and infectious “Speak In Tongues”.  The single, which sees Lawrence once again working with his long-time collaborator Rino Darusman, is an exploration of the interplay of physical desire and possession. “It’s about wanting to kiss someone but having no idea […]

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The Little Lord Street Band

Exclusive Album Premiere: The Little Lord Street Band – A Minute Of Another Day (2020 LP)

September 10, 2020

This week sees the release of A Minute of Another Day, the much anticipated debut album from Perth alt-country folk group The Little Lord Street Band. The album, which officially releases tomorrow, is a mixed bag of songs that crisscrosses the genres and highlights the songwriting talents of both James Rogers and Natasha Shanks. We’re big […]

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Women's Prize for Fiction

Maggie O’Farrell wins 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction

September 10, 2020

Overnight it has been announced that Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her eighth novel Hamnet.  As has become the norm in the age of COVID, the announcement was made during a live digital awards ceremony, with 2020 Chair of Judges Martha Lane Fox announcing O’Farrell as this year’s winner […]

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Tijuana Cartel

Exclusive: Tijuana Cartel take us behind-the-scenes of the recording of Acid Pony

September 3, 2020

Tijuana Cartel are having something of a busy year. That’s all in spite of the disruption and upheaval caused by COVID-19. The band released their new single, the delightfully psychedelic “Minimal Stuffing” back in July. Even more recently they’ve dropped the suitably trippy accompanying music clip – directed and animated by Carey O’Sullivan. The band’s singer […]

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Nicole McKinney

Exclusive Single Premiere: Nicole McKinney “Hollywood Girls” (2020)

September 3, 2020

Brisbane singer-songwriter Nicole McKinney has begun to tease the release of her debut EP. Although not due for release until next year, this week McKinney is dropping “Hollywood Girls”, the first of a string of singles from the forthcoming EP. Officially released tomorrow, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen.  Produced by Luke […]

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Tanya George

Track of the Day: Tanya George “Normality” (2020)

September 2, 2020

Melbourne singer-songwriter Tanya George continues to tease her forthcoming EP, this time with the release of lead single “Normality”. Written and created using George’s vocal looping techniques, “Normality” is striking to say the least.  According to George, “The single is about questioning what is normality? What is the normal anymore in society, in our lives? […]

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Ezra Collective

Track of the Day: Ezra Collective “Dark Side Riddim” (2020)

August 28, 2020

London’s Ezra Collective are back with new music. The first since the release of their debut album Can’t Steal My Joy last year. The release, a special double A-side single, also follows the band’s first visit to Australia earlier this year, beating the pandemic upheaval to play Golden Plains and Womadeliade.  The group are releasing […]

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Yarra Valley Writers Festival

Yarra Valley Writers Festival extend their virtual presence into Spring

August 28, 2020

Back in May COVID-19 forced the inaugural Yarra Valley Writers Festival online. At the time organisers promised a jam-packed day of author live streams for the main festival day in May. But, there was also the promise of continued events into the future, in the form of virtual book clubs and author chats.  Four months […]

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The Discomfort of Evening wins the 2020 International Booker Prize

August 27, 2020

In a virtual ceremony Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s debut novel, The Discomfort of Evening, translated into English by Michelle Hutchison has been unveiled as the winner of the 2020 International Booker Prize.  The £50,000 prize will be split equally between Rijneveld and Hutchison, giving both the author and translator equal recognition.  The Discomfort of Evening was […]

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Syrup

Track of the Day: Syrup “Sun” (2020)

August 26, 2020

Spring is right around the corner and Brisbane alt-pop outfit Syrup are here to help you shake off those winter blues. Their new single “Sun”, which dropped last week, embraces all the best parts of the Summer season. Sure, we’ve still got a season to go until we get there, but I’ve been reliably informed […]

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vayla

Track of the Day: vayla “Run Out” (2020)

August 24, 2020

Adelaide-based solo artist vayla dropped their debut single “Run Out” on Friday – and it’s a delight. vayla is the new solo project from DRESS CODE guitarist and keyboardist Jayden Lugg. The project combines Lugg’s love of 80’s synth-pop and contemporary pop music. It’s also very much a DIY effort with Lugg doing all the […]

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Grievous Bodily Calm

Track of the Day: Grievous Bodily Calm “Mosaic” (2020)

August 20, 2020

They have one of my favourite band names and they’re back with a new single. Perth’s Grievous Bodily Calm are releasing “Mosaic” today.  Written and conceived during the coronavirus shutdown, “Mosaic” was primarily written in the studio. It was born out of experimentation: “We wanted to experiment with our writing process by delaying jamming as […]

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Crystal Cities

Exclusive Single Premiere: Crystal Cities “Don’t Speak Too Soon” (2020)

August 19, 2020

This week sees Sydney’s Crystal Cities release their new single “Don’t Speak Too Soon”. Releasing on Friday 21st August, the single is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album Hold Me Close Hold Me Tight. Ahead of the official release date we’re excited to be bringing you this exclusive first listen.  The difficult second album is […]

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Goldrain

Exclusive Single Premiere: Goldrain “Atlantis” (2020)

August 18, 2020

This week sees London future soul outfit Goldrain release “Atlantis”, the second song to be released from their forthcoming debut EP Mysteries, and their second ever release as a band. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive first taste of the stunning single ahead of the official release at the end of the week.  Formed […]

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Pink Matter

Track of the Day: Pink Matter “You’ll Never Know” (2020)

August 17, 2020

Brisbane trip Pink Matter released their new single “You’ll Never Know” on Friday. Co-produced with friend and close collaborator Harvey Sutherland, the single is a delightfully empowering slice of disco and soul. It also happens to be the groups’ first release for the year, and marks their signing to global tastemaker label Daily Nightly.  “You’ll […]

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Statue

Exclusive Video Premiere: Riley Pearce “Statue” (2020)

August 14, 2020

Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce is continuing to tease his forthcoming EP, Maybe I Can Sleep It Off, this time with the release of “Statue”. It’s the third single to be released from the EP, following “Ceramic Real Estate” and “Breathe & Release” earlier in the year. With the new single released today, we’re excited to […]

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For The Life Of Me

Exclusive Single Premiere: Ben Catley feat. Ash Grunwald “For The Life Of Me” (2020)

August 13, 2020

Perth-based singer-songwriter Ben Catley is back with a new single, and this time has company. On “For The Life Of Me” Catley has enlisted the guitar slinging skills of none other than Australian blues legend Ash Grunwald. Officially released tomorrow, we’re stoked to bring you this sneaky first listen of the empowering new single.  Recorded […]

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Midnight Oil

Track of the Day: Midnight Oil “Gadigal Land” (2020)

August 11, 2020

Midnight Oil are back with their first new song in close to twenty years. “Gadigal Land” sees the veteran rockers team up with vocalists Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie, Dan Sultan and Gadigal poet Joel Davison. The fiery slice of rock is part of The Makarrata Project, a themed mini-album of collaborations with Indigenous artists, which […]

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Alexia Avina

Track of the Day: Alexia Avina “Fit Into” (2020)

August 10, 2020

Alexia Avina is an ambient folk artist based in rural Massachusetts in America. She’s a recent addition to the wonderful Scottish label Lost Map Records, who will be releasing her new album Unearth in October. “Fit Into” is the first taste of that forthcoming album, and it is absolutely stunning.  It’s a striking piece of […]

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These Guy House: Brisbane’s These Guy take us through their new album track by track

August 10, 2020

Brisbane psych-pop outfit These Guy released their new album, These Guy House, on Friday. Premiered by us on Thursday, the album was conceived, written, recorded and mixed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and shut down. As such the album has taken on something of a ‘cabin fever song cycle’ feel. To help us, and you […]

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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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