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.
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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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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Figure It Out

Interview: Tadhg Daly (UK) talks “Figure It Out”, creativity in lockdown, and the Jersey scene

June 4, 2020

London and the rest of the UK has been in lockdown since late March. That hasn’t stopped singer-songwriter Tadhg Daly from keeping busy and keeping creative. Since March, Daly has released two singles, live streamed, and continued to record in his home studio. His most recent release, “Figure It Out”, dropped on May 25th, with […]

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Lost Goat Found

Track of the Day: Lost Goat Found “Open Invitation” (2020)

June 2, 2020

Brisbane quartet Lost Goat Found released single number four, “Open Invitation”, on Friday. The single, which started life as a homage to Billie Eilish, follows a busy 2019 from the Queensland newcomers.  Although they officially burst onto the scene in late 2018, the four piece share a much older musical history. Growing up as neighbours, […]

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Roz Pappalardo

Exclusive Single Premiere: Roz Pappalardo “Immune” (2020)

May 28, 2020

Roz Pappalardo continues to tease her forthcoming solo album, Sound The Alarm, thanks to her new single “Immune”, out tomorrow. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive sneak peek before the official release tomorrow.  “Immune”, like its parent album, was recorded and mixed at Blackbox Studios with Jeff Lovejoy. The single, despite the timely title, […]

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CJ Stranger

Track of the Day: CJ Stranger “Fool’s Gold” (2020)

May 26, 2020

CJ Stranger, the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cameron Henderson, has continued to tease his forthcoming album, Hey Stranger, with a new single. “Fool’s Gold” is the third single released from the album, and follows on from “Strange One” (2019) and “Outlaw” (2020). “Fool’s Gold” is a satisfying stripped back and slow burning slice of alt-country. It’s […]

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modern anxiety

Album Review: On modern anxiety (2020 LP) Josef Salvat strikes a balance between style and substance

May 26, 2020

Josef Salvat’s sophomore album modern anxiety is one that rewards repeat listens. I write this as someone who initially didn’t really rate it highly. Sure, several of the singles really hit their mark, but on first listen the album as a whole didn’t work for me. Yet, further listens, and closer listens, reveal an album […]

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Book Review: Chris Flynn’s Mammoth is a novel of great wit, imagination and science

May 25, 2020

Mammoth, the new novel from author Chris Flynn, is a witty and compelling mash-up of historical and science fiction, with gags and subtle ecological (and more) messaging nestled side by side.  On the face of it, Mammoth, sounds bold, audacious and something that shouldn’t really work. A sentient Mammoth fossil tells his life (and after […]

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Serina Pech

Track of the Day: Serina Pech “Please Go Lightly” (2020)

May 21, 2020

Earlier this month Northern Territory singer-songwriter Serina Pech released her latest EP Politics. Her first full length release, Politics has been four years in the making, and comes from a place of reflection and experience. The piano ballad, “Please Go Lightly”, is the EP’s sublime emotional centrepiece. A beautiful cry for help and understanding in […]

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Track of the Day: Harris “Sheena Is A Bush Doofer” (2020)

May 20, 2020

You may know (Noah) Harris, the Melbourne singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, as the lead vocalist of rock outfit Fan Girl. You might even know him as the keyboardist for indie supergroup primetime. Now he’s releasing a new solo single, “Sheena Is A Bush Doofer”, replete with accompanying DIY video clip.  Produced by Sam Swain, and featuring […]

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Track of the Day: Aodhan “Drive” (2020)

May 19, 2020

Dharawal singer-songwriter Aodhan released his latest single earlier this month. “Drive”, written in collaboration with his musical hero Josh Pyke, follows a hugely promising debut year for the award-winning fifteen year old.  Produced by JP Fung, Aodhan began writing “Drive” in 2018. Back then he envisioned it as an indie rock/pop song, but the song […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Howlite “Infancy” (2020)

May 14, 2020

Melbourne band Howlite make their return this week, with new single “Infancy”. Offering insight into their forthcoming EP Not Here, the single sees the trio venturing into the territory of “dark” other-worldly pop. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen ahead of tomorrow’s official release date.  Alison Thom’s beguiling vocal is what immediately […]

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Australian Book Industry Awards

Bluey: The Beach makes history at the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards

May 13, 2020

This afternoon, the 2020 ABIAs (Australian Book Industry Awards) were live streamed into the homes of book lovers across Australia. Winners were toasted, writers celebrated, and history was made, in more ways than one. Thanks to COVID-19 2020 saw the Award’s Gala held virtually for the first time in the event’s history. 2020 also marks the […]

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Ceramic Real Estate

Guest Playlist: Riley Pearce reveals the songs that inspired new single “Ceramic Real Estate”

May 9, 2020

  Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce returned with his new single “Ceramic Real Estate” this week. The track serves as an introduction to his forthcoming EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off, which is out in September.  Recorded at Debaser Studios with Andy Lawson and with additional recording by fellow alt-folk artist Hayden Calnin, “Ceramic Real […]

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Damien Johnson

Exclusive Single Premiere: Damien Johnson “Crowd In My Hand” (2020)

May 7, 2020

Let us introduce you to Brisbane’s Damien Johnson. The self confessed “backyard philosopher, theologian, and beer connoisseur” is a live-looping indie-hop artist from Ipswich, QLD. He also happens to be releasing his latest single, “Crowd in My Hand” tomorrow. But, before the official release, we’re bringing you this early exclusive sneak peek and premiere. “Crowd […]

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The Valla

Exclusive Single Premiere: The Valla “Ice Cream” (2020)

May 5, 2020

One of London’s latest up-and-coming indie rockers, The Valla, will be releasing their brand new single, “Ice Cream” tomorrow. Before its official release we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first taste of the feel good track.  Recorded and produced by Andy Hall Hall (Bastille), the single is the band’s first of the year, and […]

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Hayden Calnin

Track of the Day: Hayden Calnin feat. Harrison Storm “Unfortunate Love” (2020)

May 4, 2020

It can be difficult to keep motivated during this lockdown. Procrastination can take over easily enough. But, a couple of artists who have managed to stay productive are singer-songwriters Hayden Calnin and Harrison Storm.  The label and housemates collaborated on Calnin’s new single, “Unfortunate Love”, which was released on Friday. The duo, along with friend […]

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Track of the Day: Nuria “Love” (2020)

May 1, 2020

Tasmanian singer-songwriter Nuria returns with her second single of 2020, “Love”. It’s an emotive and poignant balm for the uncertain times we all currently find ourselves in, and another strong release from the Tasman singer. Much like her previous single, “Noise”, the new release benefits from some elegant (yet understated) production. This time, however, production […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Seattic “bit” (2020)

April 30, 2020

Melbourne-based songwriter and synth-pop artist Seattic is back with a brand new single, “bit”. It’s his first slice of music since the release of his debut album Retrospeculation in February 2019,  and we’re stoked to bring you its exclusive premiere.  “bit” takes the nostalgia tinged tones of debut Retrospeculation and dials up the moodiness levels. […]

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Aurora Glass

Track of the Day: K.L. Mazlin “Aurora Glass” (2020)

April 29, 2020

Melbourne-based artist K.L. Mazlin has taken the leap into solo territory and released his debut single, “Aurora Glass”. For some Mazlin might be a recognisable name, having spent the better part of his musical career plying his trade across several bands, most notably Hungry Kids of Hungary.  Produced by good friend and bandmate, Holy Holy’s […]

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2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) shortlist announced

April 28, 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has been unveiled today. The awards are a key fixture in the Australian literary scene, and are designed to celebrate the very best in homegrown literature and publishing. Usually a red carpet affair, this year the awards gala will be heading online, with the winners […]

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Track of the Day: PLGRMS “Disappear” (2020)

April 28, 2020

Sydney duo PLGRMS released their new single, “Disappeared”, on Friday. It is their first release since they were forced into a hiatus in early 2019. With singer-songwriter Jacob Pearson working to overcome his battle with chronic pain. Cut to 2020 and they’re back with the gloriously moody new single and some stunning black and white […]

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Women's Prize

Shortlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction announced

April 22, 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced overnight during a special online event (Covid-19 strikes again!).  Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the prize was previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction and until recently was the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction. It is awarded annually to the best work of […]

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Grand Casual

Track of the Day: Grand Casual “Western Border” (2020)

April 21, 2020

Esperance, WA blues rockers Grand Casual unveiled their latest single last week. “Western Border”, the band’s fifth single, is a high octane journey in two distinct parts. By all accounts it’s a fan favourite of their live shows, and it’s not hard to see why.  Recorded and mixed last year at Debaser Studio by Andy […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Ben Catley “Open Skies (This Splendid Sun)” (2020)

April 21, 2020

Friday saw Ben Catley release his brand new single, “Open Skies (This Splendid Sun)”. The track was recorded in collaboration with Tijuana Cartel’s trumpet player Eamon Dilworth. Today we’re pleased to premiere the uplifting and isolation busting music video that accompanies it.  Filmed by surfer and filmmaker Lachlan Ross, the video captures the stunning scenery […]

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The Roseline

Album of the Week: The Roseline offer up sophisticated alt country on Good/Grief (2020 LP)

April 8, 2020

Alt-Country has been enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. You need only look at the recent success of Jason Isbell and more, to see this. But, for all those award winning artists, there are so many plugging away, creating quality music, often ‘under the radar’. In that vein, let us introduce you to […]

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M. Hoffman

Exclusive Single Premiere: M. Hofmann “Not There Yet” (2020)

April 2, 2020

There are elements of M. Hofmann’s story that will be familiar to many music fans. He picked up a guitar in his early teens. He plied his trade in various band’s over the years, moving up and down the East Coast, having left his childhood home in Tasmania. Songwriting became a habit, and then he […]

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Brian Fallon Local Honey

Album of the Week: On Local Honey, Brian Fallon mines the present and the personal

April 2, 2020

Brian Fallon has traded in the punk rock of The Gaslight Anthem and his youth for the countrified folk of Local Honey. Though followers of his career, will know he’s no stranger to the acoustic guitar.  Local Honey is Fallon’s third solo album, and his first in two years, following 2018’s acclaimed Sleepwalkers. It’s also […]

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Supporting your local indie record stores just got easier

April 2, 2020

Indie record stores across Australia, like so many retailers, are doing it tough at the moment due to the COVID-19 crisis. The postponement of Record Store Day, often those stores biggest trading day of the year, until later in the year will only have added to the pressures. Independent record stores, along with our live […]

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