Album Reviews

Album of the Week: Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs (2019 LP)

March 14, 2019

I haven’t watched the movie School of Rock in maybe 10 years, but from memory there’s a scene where Jack Black’s character talks about sticking it to the man, as well as singing a song with lyrics “you’re not hard core, unless you live hardcore.” While Stella Donnelly may not be a middle aged man […]

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Album Review: Night Lovell’s GOODNIGHT LOVELL (2019 LP) does the job, but still falls a little short

March 1, 2019

Night Lovell has remained an underground heavyweight in the trap scene, with dark and harrowing production, with booming bass and some emo-inspired elements. Lovell deploys quick flows over these gruesome instrumentals, with all the trace elements of typical flex rapping, but altered to fit a completely different mood. With this new album, Lovell is looking […]

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Album Review: Gary Clark Jr. – This Land (2019 LP)

February 28, 2019

The bluesman appears to have become a rare and shy character in the age of synthesizers and auto tune. Still some loyal guitar heroes keep on carrying the torch for the moody genre. Among them is Texas born and raised guitarist and singer Gary Clark Jr. Even though he clearly has a passion for the […]

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Album Review: On See You (2019 EP) Sweater Curse showcase their talent and potential

February 27, 2019

Brisbane band Sweater Curse have been making many waves in the Australian music scene over the past few years, with support slots for major artists, Triple J Unearthed support and a growing list of performances. Now, with their new EP See You, the band offer up a full showcase of just why they’ve become so […]

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Album of the Week: Pond – Tasmania (2019 LP)

February 27, 2019

We’re a matter of days away from the release of Pond’s eighth studio album, Tasmania. Pond declares Tasmania something of a sister missive to their critically acclaimed 2017 album The Weather. The thematics of both albums are kindred in many respects. Tasmania explores place, history, hints of colonialism, and nature’s unfortunate submission towards humans – themes that […]

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Album Review: On Freewave 3 (2019 LP), Lucki has forced himself and his turmoil into the limelight

February 23, 2019

For those who haven’t heard about Chicago rapper Lucki, the 22 year old is one of the most promising underground rap talents in recent memory. First achieving notoriety in 2012 with his critically acclaimed project Alternative Trap establishing the 16 year old as a formidable rapper with a unique delivery style that has developed and […]

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Album Review: Methyl Ethel – Triage (2019 LP)

February 22, 2019

Triage, the third album from Methyl Ethel isn’t coincidentally named. Celebrating three albums, and lead singer Jake Webb’s 30th birthday, the album is a memorial and the capstone on a phase in the band’s journey. Whether that implies Methyl Ethel will be taking a different direction after this, we’re not sure. But what is constant right […]

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Album Review: Yola – Walk Through Fire (2019 LP)

February 21, 2019

For those who expected time travel to be possible by now, Walk Through Fire, the debut album by British singer Yola, will not be a disappointment. Together with Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach, the vocal prodigy lets her voice glister on the twelve country soul tracks, transporting listeners straight back to the peak of […]

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Album of the Week: Julia Jacklin – Crushing (2019 LP)

February 20, 2019

It’s been a busy few years for Julia Jacklin. On the back of her all conquering debut album, Don’t Let the Kids Win, Jacklin has spent the better part of the past two years making her way round the globe, playing her tunes in just about every country and venue you could think of or […]

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Album Review: Life is stressful – HOMESHAKE’s Helium (2019 LP) can help

February 19, 2019

With how fast the world moves, there seems to be constant pressures and stressors in circulation – often it can all seem a bit too much. In situations like these, where it feels as if the Earth itself is crumbling, you need an album like Helium. Alt-Indie favourite HOMESHAKE are back with another beautifully composed, […]

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Album Review: The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time (2019 LP)

February 15, 2019

Walls play an integral part in The Twilight Sad’s aesthetic. Since their first release, the Scottish band has used everything in their arsenal to overwhelm listeners with a wall of sound; from Andy MacFarlane’s roaring guitars to accordions and fire extinguishers. Other walls came in the form of singer James Graham’s lyrics, where situations and […]

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Album Review: Millencolin – SOS (2019 LP)

February 15, 2019

A lot has changed in the world over the past twenty-six years. The era circa 1992 was a completely different time. For one, both myself and Millencolin were in our infancy. Without listing all the other similarities between myself and the band (there aren’t any), it would remiss of me to not note how influential […]

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Album of the Week: Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next (2019 LP)

February 12, 2019

Man, can a lot change in six months! When readying the release of last August’s Sweetener, Ariana Grande was arguably at what many would consider her peak.  The album was bathed in the then-glow of her whirlwind romance with SNL comedian Pete Davidson (he even got a song named after him), with the now-Grammy Award […]

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Album Review: Mavis Staples – Live in London (2019 LP)

February 8, 2019

As a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kennedy Centre Honoree and with seventy years of performing under her belt Mavis Staples has in my opinion well and truly reached ‘National Treasure’ status in the United States. She is also one of the few remaining living links to the Civil Rights Movement, and a period […]

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Album of the Week: Girlpool’s experimental side pays off in What Chaos Is Imaginary (2019 LP)

January 30, 2019

With a career that already spans half a decade, the evolution of American indie duo, Girlpool, is second to none. For five years, Harmony Trividad and Cleo Tucker have composed music that captures your attention and implores you to listen by tugging at your heartstrings rather than invading your personal space and screaming in your face. […]

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Album Review: Maggie Rogers – Heard It in a Past Life (2019 LP)

January 29, 2019

Maggie Rogers isn’t an artist in a hurry. She doesn’t have to be. When you’re making music as pure as what occurs on Heard It in a Past Life, you can take as long as you need; the music listening public will wait for you. In saying that, it feels like Heard It in a […]

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Album Review: Dandy Warhols – Why You So Crazy (2019 LP)

January 29, 2019

After 25 five years in the music industry you are either on the way of becoming a legend – if not already one – or awkwardly trying to keep up with what popular music has become in 2019. Somehow, The Dandy Warhols manage to do both at the same time. At their turn of the […]

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Album of the Week: On Assume Form (2019 LP), James Blake employs a grander palette

January 22, 2019

James Blake has long stood as a unique and talented artist within his own niche of alternative electronic music, with a formidable knack for contemporary hip hop inspired soundscapes as well as the ability to craft twinkling ballads of melancholy. The two sides to his talent occasionally have crossed paths previously (his remix of ‘Timeless’ […]

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Album Review: Two People’s First Body (2019 LP) is here to move you

January 21, 2019

Just Two People making music sounds pretty standard doesn’t it? Except that Phoebe Lou and Joey Clough are no ordinary people. With their five-piece band Snakadaktal, they gathered a loyal following in the indie pop scene until the outfit broke up in 2014. But this did not stop the childhood friends from pursuing their dream […]

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Album Review: Cub Sport – Cub Sport by Cub Sport (2019 LP)

January 17, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, Cub Sport by Cub Sport is not a fragrance but boy if you could wear it, you would be at least double-dosing. The third studio album from this four-piece Brisbane band takes them to a new strength, solidifying their reputation of colossal sound evolution in each body of work they release. […]

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Album Review: MIKE’s War in My Pen (2018 LP) is a concise exploration of maturity and loss

January 9, 2019

This project from prodigious New York rapper MIKE dropped just before the end of last year, and may have flown under the radar as a result. Though it proves more than deserving of proper attention, despite being lost in the flurry that is the holiday season. MIKE’s style of music is an incredibly experimental take […]

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Album Review: On I am > I was (2018 LP), 21 Savage emerges victorious despite all odds

January 7, 2019

21 Savage has, for the past few years, stood as a divisive character in modern hip hop. Though, regardless of countless criticisms he has definitely become an established figure on the scene – becoming one of the most commercially successful and well known members of the early soundcloud-rap renaissance of 2016. As a result, following […]

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Album Review: On IIWII (2018 LP), Kirk Knight has rinsed his sound

December 20, 2018

The knife edge between underground and commercial has never been thinner than now in current music trends – one song, catchy hook, or even just a throwaway lyric is enough to propel an artist to the next height in their career (look at YBN Nahmir, JPEGMAFIA, or many others), but sometimes things aren’t as serendipitous […]

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Album of the Week: The Paz Band’s Supply & Demand (2018 LP) delivers more energy than a lightning bolt

December 20, 2018

Take five cups of rock n roll, two spoons full of Buddy Guy influenced electric blues, a sprinkle of 60s style soul, and top it all off with a voice as versatile as a chameleon… and you have something that resembles The Paz Band, a five-piece from Tel Aviv, who have been packing large venues in […]

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Album of the Week: Karrie Hayward – Ephemeral (2018 EP)

December 12, 2018

Karrie Hayward is a Brisbane based songstress with a pop infused, indie edge sound. Spending the last few months travelling solo in a van performing shows down the Eastern coast of Australia from Townsville to Melbourne she recently released her debut EP Ephemeral. An album about the experiences of a past relationship and the raw […]

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Album of the Week: Jacob Collier – Djesse Vol. 1 (2018 LP)

December 5, 2018

Jacob Collier is not your average English Twenty Four year old. He is a singer, arranger, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. The London bred artist released his debut album In My Room in 2016, which led to a 200 date global tour and won him two Grammy Awards, and being dubbed “Jazz’s new messiah”. Managed by […]

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Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt is still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, but on Some Rap Songs (2018 LP) his vision is clearer

December 3, 2018

After three years of intermittent presence and mystique Earl Sweatshirt has returned with a fifteen track exploration of himself and all things in his periphery. Some Rap Songs only weighs in at twenty-five minutes, but each short track is laden with quote-ready lyrics and vulnerability that acts as a reflective point for his career and personal life […]

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Album Review: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018 LP)

November 29, 2018

Manchester pop stars The 1975 have divided critics and music lovers since their self titled debut album back in 2013. Lead singer Matthew Healy has been at the forefront of most of the distaste for the band, glorifying the drugs, sex and money culture to his adoring and impressionable teenage girl fanbase. Despite falling captive […]

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Album of the Week: Antony & Cleopatra – Hurt Like Hell (2018 EP)

November 28, 2018

No, we are not talking about the Shakespeare drama here, even if “Hurt Like Hell” was probably something Cleopatra would have said about her demise. Hurt Like Hell is the title of the new EP by the deep house Duo Antony & Cleopatra. The album was released on Friday and contains six ready-to-dance-to tracks packed with […]

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Album Review: Clea reveals her cleverly crafted debut Vermillion (2018 LP)

November 21, 2018

22 year old Brisbane girl Clea is set to release her debut LP Vermillion on Friday after she finishes touring Australia and New Zealand with pop-star of the moment, King Princess. Like King Princess’ tracks, Vermillion is a panoramic look at growing up in our contemporary world told through Clea’s resonant and rich voice. From a […]

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