Album Reviews

The Teskey Brothers

Album of the Week: The Teskey Brothers – Live at Hamer Hall (2021 LP)

December 2, 2021

In the two years since releasing their magical debut album, Run Home Slow, The Teskey Brothers have been incredibly busy and become overwhelmingly accomplished. Playing numerous completely sold out tours (despite the live music landscape being in complete disarray), winning awards and accolades left, right and centre, the Melbourne band has still managed to find […]

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Paul Kelly

Album of the Week: Paul Kelly – Christmas Train (2021 LP)

November 18, 2021

As we enter the silly season and the working year begins to wrap up for some, slowly but surely our playlists begin to change, and before you know it, there’s just as much Christmas music being played as there is any other. As has been the case for more than two decades now, Australia’s own […]

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Album Review: Legacy showcases Birdz at his best – and we can’t get enough

November 18, 2021

Melbourne rapper and proud Butchulla man Birdz is cementing his status as one of the country’s most prominent artists with his highly anticipated sophomore record Legacy, to be released this Friday via Bad Apples Music. Raised in Katherine, Northern Territory and now based in Naarm, Birdz has been busy since his critically acclaimed 2017 debut […]

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Courtney Barnett

Album of the Week: Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time (2021 LP)

November 11, 2021

I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t really get Courtney Barnett when she first broke out with The Double EP A Sea of Split Peas. At the time, I knew her lyrics were smart and witty, but for the life of me just couldn’t get around the deadpan delivery. It wasn’t until she released […]

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Album of the Week: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – The Future (2021 LP)

November 4, 2021

There’s something you’ve got to love about wholesome, feel good music. Yes, it’s nice to listen to serious musicians making serious and emotive tracks, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing I’d rather listen to to blow out the cobwebs than a classic party tune filled with horns, soulful vocals and an easily […]

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The War On Drugs

Album of the Week: The War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore (2021 LP)

October 28, 2021

As far as band names go, The War On Drugs is one of the best. Another thing they do pretty damn well is making fulfilling and assertive stadium rock. Returning more than four years since previous album A Deeper Understanding, The War On Drugs are back with I Don’t Live Here Anymore, a more toned […]

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Parquet Courts

Album of the Week: Parquet Courts – Sympathy For Life (2021 LP)

October 21, 2021

Parquet Courts has always been a band comfortable in their ability to produce songs with no (or limited) frills that always manage to get the job done. From initially breaking out with Light Up Gold in 2012, right through to 2018’s Wide Awake, the New York four piece’s brand of chaotic post-punk garage rock has […]

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Baker Boy

Album of the Week: Baker Boy – Gela (2021 LP)

October 14, 2021

It may have taken him a while, but the Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land has come through with the goods. Since bursting on to the scene in 2017 with “Cloud 9”, Baker Boy has slowly but surely pieced together a debut album that highlights the dance beats he’s become known for, willingness to indulge modern […]

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Album Review: Sam Teskey’s debut Cycles powerfully captures the beauty of life

October 13, 2021

Music often has the power to capture the singular highlights within our lives, but rarely can it capture the flow and change of the entire process. Nonetheless, Australian blues artist and Grammy-nominated sound engineer, Sam Teskey, has managed to do that, telling the journey of… us. From womb to death; sonically using music to add […]

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Sam Fender

Album of the Week: Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under (2021 LP)

October 7, 2021

You know that meme that’s been around for months now that says ‘tell me x without telling me x’? Well for Sam Fender and his second album Seventeen Going Under, that meme could most definitely be used here in the form of ‘tell me you listened to Bruce Springsteen and The Killers heaps while writing […]

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Pond

Album of the Week: Pond – 9 (2021 LP)

September 30, 2021

Always willing to try their hand at being a little bit left of centre, over the past decade Pond has created their own comfortable absurdist niche in the psych-rock genre in the Australian music scene. Generally treading that fine line between chaotic incoherence and a controlled mastery of music, the West Australian band are back […]

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Ruby Fields

Album of the Week: Ruby Fields – Been Doin’ It For A Bit (2021 LP)

September 23, 2021

It’s no surprise at all that Ruby Fields‘ debut album, Been Doin’ It For A Bit, sounds exactly like, well, Ruby Fields. Seemingly a million years in the making, the album is everything that Fields has built her name around and then some. A genuinely fun and charismatically easy listen, Been Doin’ It For A […]

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James Vincent McMorrow

Album of the Week: James Vincent McMorrow – Grapefruit Season (2021 LP)

September 16, 2021

I still remember the first time I saw James Vincent McMorrow live. It was the inaugural leg of Falls Festival Byron Bay and it was disgustingly hot. Just days away from releasing his second album, Post Tropical, McMorrow played a mid-afternoon slot and proceeded to crush his set, all the while struggling with the Australian […]

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The Vaccines

Album of the Week: The Vaccines – Back in Love City (2021 LP)

September 9, 2021

Perhaps the hardest band to google and get reliable information on at the moment, The Vaccines are back with their fifth album, Back in Love City, a fun and energised exploration from a band that has always been capable of creating solid, reliable and catchy rock. Coming three years after their fourth album Combat Sports, […]

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Gretta Ray

Album of the Week: Gretta Ray – Begin to Look Around (2021 LP)

August 26, 2021

It honestly feels like Gretta Ray has been releasing music for the past decade. Only now releasing her debut album, Begin to Look Around, the Melbourne artist has been in and around listener’s ears for so long you’d be forgiven for thinking she’d surely be onto album three by now. Taking the time to formulate […]

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Holy Holy

Album of the Week: Hello My Beautiful World is Holy Holy’s best album yet

August 19, 2021

Holy Holy are whole. After years of plying their trade on anthemic stadium-ready rock tinged with hints of 80’s glam guitar and synth, the Australian act now feel complete; like they’ve managed to pull it all together once and for all. Here on Hello My Beautiful World, the anthemic beauty of the band continues to […]

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Album of the Week: Now We’re Cookin’ is Polish Club at their best, most melodic and entirely complete

August 12, 2021

Since coming through with the goods on their debut album in 2017, it’s been a relatively constant burn for Polish Club, the Sydney duo known for their live shows and ability to craft punchy classic rock tracks. With Alright Already debuting 4 years ago only to be followed up with the stellar Iguana in 2019, […]

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Eilish Gilligan

Album of the Week: Eilish Gilligan – First One To Leave The Party (2021 EP)

August 5, 2021

Eilish Gilligan has always been capable of creating synth-driven sad bangers. With this ability more than apparent and present across previous EPs and singles, Gilligan returns with her second EP in the form of five track wonder First One To Leave The Party. Following less than a year since debut EP Hospital, First One To […]

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Album Review: The Jungle Giants – Love Signs (2021 LP)

July 30, 2021

The Jungle Giants‘ gradual shift from indie rock to electronic dance has officially landed with their new album Love Signs, a 10-track collection of groovy beats and sunny hooks which will win you over. Long-released lead singles “Heavy Hearted”, from July 2019, and “Sending Me Ur Loving”, from January 2020, offered a strong message of […]

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Bleachers

Album of the Week: Bleachers – Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night (2021 LP)

July 29, 2021

Every few years or so you hear about a magical super-producer that’s seemingly always creating massive tunes for other artists. And every time I’m left wondering if these producers do it because they can’t sing and are just good at lyrics and song structure. I’m sure there have been plenty of producers that are more […]

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Album Review: Chet Faker – Hotel Surrender (2021 LP)

July 25, 2021

Nick Murphy has had a peculiar existence since bursting on to the scene as Chet Faker working alongside Flume with his moody indie pop winning over a huge alt audience, before a back-and-forth of moniker shifts lost a few along the way. Returning to his Chet Faker project in October 2020, Murphy has released his […]

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Leon Bridges

Album of the Week: Leon Bridges – Gold-Diggers Sound (2021 LP)

July 22, 2021

A musical chameleon of sorts, Leon Bridges is back in 2021 with a new sound that still fully embraces the genuine strength of his vocal, while also leaning into his gradual progression into RnB. Here on Gold-Diggers Sound, Bridges has well and truly done away with the 1960’s soul sound he first burst out with […]

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Tone and I

Album of the Week: Tones And I – Welcome to the Madhouse (2021 LP)

July 16, 2021

The story of Tones And I has been spread wide and far since she broke out in early 2019. A busker first and foremost, noting they’re at their happiest when playing in the street, Tones And I was on a meteoric trajectory ever since her first single landed all across Australian airwaves. It’s not often, […]

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Tkay Maidza

Album of the Week: Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3 (2021 EP)

July 8, 2021

It’s about time Australia and the world stops sleeping on Tkay Maidza. After releasing more than her fair share of quality singles and EPs, Maidza is back with Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3, a slinky and complete progression from an act who’s more than ready to make an impact on the global hip hop […]

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5 albums and EPs you may have missed in Q2 2021

July 1, 2021

As we hit the half way point of 2021, there’s been an extraordinary level of great new music released week in, week out this year; especially in the months April through June. From Wolf Alice to girl in red, London Grammar, EJ Worland and Martha Marlow, the second quarter of 2021 has seen a variety […]

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Album Review: Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant (2021 LP)

June 24, 2021

Grammy Award-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote have long defied categorization with their jazz-funk-neo-soul-wondercore and their latest LP continues that, albeit as their most cohesive album yet. The Melbourne four-piece are back with their first album in six years, titled Mood Valiant, after lead Naomi ‘Nai Palm’ Saalfield‘s mother who owned two valiant wagons, one white and one […]

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Lucy Dacus

Album of the Week: Lucy Dacus – Home Video (2021 LP)

June 24, 2021

Drenched in nostalgia and melancholia, Lucy Dacus does sadness at its best and most potent. Now onto her third album, Dacus returns with Home Video, eleven songs that are a deep dive into her coming-of-age years in suburban America. Written mostly from a bibliographical viewpoint, much of Home Video is Dacus exploring her own being, […]

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Hayley Mary

Album of the Week: Hayley Mary – The Drip (2021 EP)

June 17, 2021

Less than 18 months since releasing the exemplary The Piss, The Perfume EP, Hayley Mary has returned with The Drip, a seven-track EP that will continue to assert her place as one of the leading Australian vocalists and musicians. More than a decade since first breaking through as the leader of The Jezabels, Hayley Mary’s […]

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Album of the Week: Sly Withers – Gardens (2021 LP)

June 10, 2021

After ever-so quietly building up a small catalogue of first rate singles, 2020 was set to be the year Sly Withers broke through with their brand of melancholic punk. All their ducks seemingly beginning to align, the capitulation of the world as we know it only proved to be a small speed bump for the […]

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Wolf Alice

Album of the Week: Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend (2021 LP)

June 3, 2021

On the back of the world-beating and completely dominant Visions of a Life, Wolf Alice were always bound to make another great album; we just didn’t know if it was going to be straight away or in a couple of albums time. I’m here to say their new album, Blue Weekend is that next great album. […]

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