Album Reviews

Review: Kendrick Lamar moves beyond being your saviour on Mr Morale & The Big Steppers

May 23, 2022

Kendrick Lamar is a virtuoso of rap. His music often takes on a dramatic form that unfurls itself into so many branches of spectacle. West Coast greats like Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre have vocalised adamant support for Lamar, for keeping alive a pure form of hip-hop that exemplifies the characteristics that built the genre. […]

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Album of the Week: Annie Hamilton – the future is here but it feels kinda like the past (2022 LP)

May 19, 2022

It’s been close to a decade since I first heard of Annie Hamilton. Since her time in Little May, there’s been a gradual smattering of treats from Hamilton as she developed her sound. Having worked and played with a myriad of artists in recent years, including Jack River and The National’s Aaron Dessner, Hamilton has […]

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Album of the Week: Mallrat’s Butterfly Blue may just be the pop record of 2022

May 12, 2022

What feels like a million years in the making, Mallrat‘s debut album is here and it’s ready to win over everyone willing to be won over. Coming six years after her debut EP and a plethora of massive singles, Butterfly Blue has been worth the wait for Mallrat fans and music lovers alike. After slowly […]

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Fontaines D.C.

Album of the Week: Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (2022 LP)

April 21, 2022

The third album has always seemingly been the make or break album for a lot of bands. Often garnering some love on the first album after a string of successful EPs and singles, a band might follow up with the fabled sophomore slump or recycle reliable sounds from their first album and release as new […]

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Album of the Week: Wet Leg’s self-titled debut well and truly delivers

April 7, 2022

Wet Leg feels like a band that would have absolutely dominated that teen blog/ tumblr period of 2007-2012. Maybe it’s because I was at the peak of my awkward teen powers in that period, but having listened through the self-titled debut album from The Isle of Wight act a couple of times now, their sound […]

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Camp Cope

Album of the Week: Camp Cope – Running with the Hurricane (2022 LP)

March 25, 2022

Camp Cope recently covered Sam Fender’s track “Seventeen Going Under”. There’s a line in the song that’s gone TikTok viral, but also equally represents the progression of Camp Cope pretty well. ‘That’s the thing with anger/ it begs to stick around’. It’s poignant and pertinent but easily highlights the longevity and mentality of the Melbourne […]

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Darren Hanlon

Album of the Week: Darren Hanlon – Life Tax (2022 LP)

March 3, 2022

Darren Hanlon is one of this country’s most underrated and best storytellers. That’s a fact. Now more than 20 years in the game, Hanlon is back with Life Tax, a tender and wholesome take on life in 2022 and living simply. Coming almost seven years since his last album, Where Did You Come From?, Hanlon’s […]

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Zal & Ardor

Album Review: Zeal & Ardor’s new self-titled LP is the genre mashup you didn’t know you needed

February 14, 2022

There are very few bands that can take diverse elements from a wealth of musical styles and blend them in a way that creates something new and compelling. Swiss experimental metal duo Zeal & Ardor, consisting of frontman and multi-instrumentalist Manuel Gagneux and drummer Marco Von Allmen, are one of them. Their self-titled third studio […]

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William Crighton

Album of the Week: William Crighton’s Water and Dust cements him as one of Australia’s finest artists

February 10, 2022

There’s always something fun about artists throwing it back to a time where music was nothing more than stories, vocals, guitar and percussion. Here on his third album, Wiradjuri Country artist William Crighton is all guns blazing as he takes the listener into his mind and experiences with Water and Dust; a vast and sprawling release that […]

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Album of the Week: MØ – Motordrome (2022 LP)

January 28, 2022

Maybe its the accent. Maybe its her ability to release quirky and angular pop tracks that has some of the biggest producers in the world wanting to work with her. Maybe is Maybelline. Whatever it is, MØ has historically been able to hit the mark with her music and live performances. Here on new album […]

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Album of the Week: Yard Act – The Overload (2022 LP)

January 21, 2022

It’s not often a band can claim Elton John as a fan. It’s even less often when they can say that well before they release their debut album. For Yard Act it appears John is a massive fan of their whimsical, offbeat and humourous take on British post-punk. Proclaiming the band as his favourite new […]

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10 heavy albums you might have missed in 2021

January 18, 2022

As we move into the new year, it’s that time when we look back on the highlights of the past 12 months and remember what made them so. With much of the world still emerging from lockdown, many artists have been quietly busy making music off the stage. The heavy scene in particular has had […]

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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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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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