Album Reviews

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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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Album of the Week: The 1975’s Notes on a Conditional Form is the gift to ground you this weekend

May 22, 2020

It’s been almost two years since The 1975’s most iconic album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, was released. Whilst writing, the band realised instantly that this project was bigger than they had initially predicted. We were promised a Part Two follow-up album to finish what they started. Life for everybody has changed dramatically since […]

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Album Review: The Dandy Warhol’s Tafelmuzik Means More When You’re Alone is a four-hour oddity

May 5, 2020

Indie icons, The Dandy Warhol’s have released an unprecedented four-hour album titled Tafelmuzik Means More When You’re Alone, paying homage to the type of soundtrack that would typically score a mid-16th century banquet. On it, the stalwart band experiments with all kinds of instruments, presenting one of their most ambitious – and strangest – concept […]

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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 Review: Trivium present their ninth studio album What the Dead Men Say

April 29, 2020

  In historical measures Trivium means an introductory course at a medieval university involving the study of grammar, rhetoric and logic. In today’s age Trivium is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1999 and since then the band has released nine studio albums with over twenty singles. What the Dead Men Say is […]

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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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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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Album Review: A Choir of Ghosts mesmerises with folk debut An Ounce of Gold

April 3, 2020

Based in Sweden, singer-songwriter James Augur fronts folk outfit A Choir of Ghosts. Debut album, An Ounce of Gold was three years in the making, bringing together a series of talented musicians to help form his choir. The end result is stunning, an eleven strong offering of melancholy alt-folk that transports the listener worlds away. […]

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All Time Low

Album Review: All Time Low return with the cathartic Wake Up, Sunshine

April 3, 2020

After tugging our emotions by re-recording their nostalgic Still Nothing Personal: A Ten Year Tribute, acclaimed pop-punk band All Time Low are back with their latest album: Wake Up, Sunshine. The Baltimore band were formed in 2003, and have had eight successful studio albums and counting. For this new album, lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth describes their […]

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Violent Soho

Album Review: Violent Soho’s Everything Is A-OK is a welcome accompaniment to any Sunday Sesh on the deck

April 3, 2020

This album could not be more aptly titled with everything that is happening around Australia right now. One of Brisbane’s biggest alt-rock bands Violent Soho are releasing their fifth studio album, Everything Is A-OK today. However, in light of current circumstances, things are going to be played out a little differently this time. A national album […]

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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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Album Review: Future Static bring the noise with sophomore EP Fatalist

April 1, 2020

Formed in 2016, post-hardcore kids Future Static have been working hard to solidify their place on the Melbourne scene. Fatalist is the second EP from the band, which consists of singer Bri Marsh, guitarists Ryan Qualizza and Jack Smith, bassist Kira Neil and drummer Jackson Trudel. Of the EP, Marsh said: “It’s a bleak look at […]

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Album Review: Grouplove – Healer (2020 LP)

March 13, 2020

Returning to our ears after a few near traumatic years, Grouplove are back in 2020 with a revitalised sound and lust for music. Always capable of writing a bonafide pop song in the past, the Californian five-piece are back with Healer, an album as up and down as a pushup. Since forming in 2009, there’s […]

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Honey Cutt

Album of the Week: Honey Cutt balances sunshine and realism on Coasting (2020 LP)

March 13, 2020

Honey Cutt is the project of Boston-via-Florida singer-songwriter Kaley Honeycutt. Whilst she cut her teeth playing in New England, she put out a couple of EPs under the moniker Baby!, including 2018’s Sunny F.L. Cut to 2020, and with a name change, it’s time for the project’s debut album: Coasting.  If you like your indie […]

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Album of the Week: Northeast Party House’s Shelf Life is a turning point for the Melbourne band

March 3, 2020

Northeast Party House have awoken. While their first two albums (Any Given Weekend and DARE) were both great releases in their own right, it felt like both were building to something bigger. And now, four years on from DARE, the band has fully metamorphosed into what they’ve always shown signs of becoming. Shelf Life is […]

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Album of the Week: Michael Dunstan conjures up calm on his debut LP In The Grand Scheme (2020 LP)

February 28, 2020

Thanks to the likes of Ziggy Alberts, Kyle Lionheart and Kim Churchill the Australian folk/surf rock scene is in fine form. Now, there’s a new name we can add to the list: Michael Dunstan. Though he’s far from a newcomer to the scene.  In The Grand Scheme might only be his debut album, the Western […]

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EP Review: Jack River – Stranger Heart (2020 EP)

February 19, 2020

The evolution of an artist is imperative to their continued success. Sure, you could release a really great debut album and have everyone love it across the musical spectrum, and then proceed to release the same ten songs every two years for the next decade before you seemingly grow out of your target audience, or […]

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Tora

Album Review: Tora delight fans with a deluxe edition of Can’t Buy The Mood

February 5, 2020

The home-grown wonder that is Tora are no longer Australia’s best kept secret. Following the success of their first album Take A Rest in 2017, songs including “Another Case” and “Too Little” caught international attention and saw them head overseas to perform. Now preparing to re-pack their bags for another tour of Europe in the […]

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Album Review: Glass Tides drop their first full length album, with the stellar In Between

January 17, 2020

Adelaide’s Glass Tides have been blending post-hardcore with soft rock hooks and heartfelt vocals since their inception in 2017. Garnering comparisons to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, The Used, and Young Lions, the quintet have just dropped their first full length album, In Between. With press praise from triple j and a recent Track […]

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Album of the Week: Hayley Mary – The Piss, The Perfume (2020 EP)

January 17, 2020

It’s not uncommon for artists to try re-invent themselves. Whether it’s as solo artists or within the band they’re in, quite often it’s done to try and break the mould that they’ve become to be known for. Some do it well; others not so much. As for Hayley Mary, her debut EP is distinct and […]

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Album of the Week: Anna Smyrk returns with stunning second EP, Swim

November 26, 2019

Singer-songwriter Anna Smyrk recently dropped her second EP, Swim. If you liked our recent premiere, featuring her single “Alight“, you’re going to love this five strong selection. Recorded in a Central Victorian farmhouse, Swim brought together a band of old friends on violin, banjo, dobro, double bass and drums, with Anna’s sister on backing vocals. The […]

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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World return with stellar 10th album, Surviving

October 28, 2019

It’s difficult to think of the alt-rock and emo scenes without thinking of Jimmy Eat World. The Arizona band have been peddling their emotive wares for a good quarter of a century now, and tenth studio album Surviving is yet another showcase of solid songwriting and killer sounds. “[the] album explores some of the different […]

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Album Review: City and Colour returns with the stunning A Pill For Loneliness

October 9, 2019

Dallas Green is back with his sixth City and Colour album, A Pill For Loneliness, and it’s another belter from the Canadian singer-songwriter. All the usual City and Colour suspects are here – poignant and moving lyrics, a brooding, subtle soundtrack, and, of course, Green’s stunning seasoned vocals. In A Pill For Loneliness, there’s a […]

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Album of the Week: Wallis Bird shines on her sixth album Woman

September 25, 2019

Singer-songwriter Wallis Bird is back with Woman, her first album release since 2016’s Home. Occasionally politically charged, often emotionally raw, and always beautifully crafted, it’s signature Bird, powered by a synthesis of folk, soul, and a little bit of electro-pop. Woman touches on a variety of subjects, from the personal to the newsworthy. Bookended by […]

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Album Review: Heavy Metal Rules is more of the same from California’s Steel Panther

September 24, 2019

It’s definitely fair to say Steel Panther aren’t for everyone. But for every heavy and hair metal hater, and for all those who’d rather not mix parody with punk, there’s a loyal Steel Panther fan to balance it all out, and with latest album Heavy Metal Rules, the California rockers are happily continuing to cater […]

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Album Review: Brisbane’s Austen sets the bar high with debut EP Passenger Seat

September 18, 2019

Brisbane singer-songwriter Austen has just dropped her debut EP and, honestly, I’m a little bit in love. Passenger Seat is a five strong collection of brooding electro-pop, featuring singles “Too High To Cry“, “Anthem“, and “Money“, and is filled with plenty of trademark killer hooks to get listeners in the mood for her upcoming support […]

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Album Review: Brisbane’s WAAX bring the noise (and an unexpected amount of feels) with stellar debut Big Grief

August 26, 2019

AAX have just dropped debut album Big Grief, and we can confirm that it’s a cracker. Consisting of frontwoman Maz DeVita, Ewan Birtwell and James Gatling on guitars, Tom ‘Griff’ Griffin on bass, and drummer Tom Bloomfield, the Brisbane punks worked with Powderfinger‘s Bernard Fanning and Grammy winner Nick DiDia on the twelve track release, with things taking […]

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Album Review: Seeker Lover Keeper – Wild Seeds (2019 LP)

August 14, 2019

You can tell a lot about the quality of an act based on how contemporary and current their music sounds even when listening to it eight years after it was first released. “Even Though I’m A Woman” is still one of my favourite and timely tracks, while “We Will Know What It Is” will always […]

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Album Review: Greta Stanley’s latest EP, Sun in My Eyes, is an assured and unflinchingly honest listen

July 30, 2019

The 6th most played artist on triple j Unearthed last year and with a slew of festival performances under her belt, Cairns art pop/electropop artist Greta Stanley is clearly doing something right. Sun In My Eyes is the latest EP from the singer-songwriter, and it’s a six song strong triumph, featuring exquisite vocals and hard-hitting […]

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Album of the Week: Angie McMahon’s Salt (2019 LP) is the sound of an artist demanding to be listened to and heard

July 26, 2019

When I first saw Angie McMahon about this time in 2017, you sensed there was something special about this unassuming artist standing behind her guitar and microphone. In support of The Jezabels at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel, Angie was fresh off the back of being crowned that year’s winner of the Josh Pyke Partnership for up […]

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