Music

Track of the Day: Woodkid “Goliath” (2020)

May 13, 2020

It’s been a hot minute between drinks for French artist Woodkid, whose acclaimed cinematic pop sees him sit somewhere in between M83 and Hans Zimmer. Tracks like “Run Boy Run” have notably popped up in shows like Umbrella Academy, and he also scored the 2015 Jonás Cuarón film Desierto. There’s an industrial feel to his […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: SMALLS “Tail Lights” (2020)

May 13, 2020

Sydney based artist SMALLS is just a couple of days out from releasing his debut single, but for those of you who can’t wait that long, never fear! We’ve got the exclusive premiere of “Tail Lights” right here on The AU Review! Originally hailing from country NSW, SMALLS is the performing name of Will Robinson. […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Papaya Tree “Out In The Wash” (2020)

May 12, 2020

Six piece outfit Papaya Tree never linger in one genre for too long. Drawing on their blended backgrounds as jazz students, indie contemporary producers, and morticians, their sound is as unorthodox as their histories, and latest single “Out In The Wash” is no exception. With 80s inspired synths and a wistful chorus, its a mellower […]

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Track of the Day: ARES “Burn” (2020)

May 12, 2020

Copenhagen duo ARES (Louise Andersen and Line Mortensen) have tapped into their inner supervillains with new track “Burn“. It’s a deliciously dark slice of electro-pop, with a catchy chorus inspired by Heath Ledger’s Joker. Of the track, ARES said: “We were playing with the image of setting everything you own on fire and just starting […]

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Track of the Day: Alex The Astronaut “Lost” (2020)

May 11, 2020

Alex the Astronaut has just dropped the first single, “Lost”, off her forthcoming debut album, The Theory of Absolutely Nothing. Her two previous EP’s To Whom It May Concern and See You Soon demonstrated her innate ability of this gifted songwriter to capture the zeitgeist of our times. With her songs, you always feel like […]

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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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Track of the Day: Chris Lanzon “Melancholy” (2020)

May 8, 2020

Introducing “Melancholy” , Chris Lanzon’s debut EP and the name of our track of the day. Following success from standout track “Still”, the Sydney-based artist transcends the indie genre and brings forward a raw and beautiful track. As the intro song of the EP, “Melancholy” lures our attention with stunning, somber piano chords played immaculately. […]

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SXSW 2020 – The One That Never Was: What Happened In Austin & 7 Artists I Wish We Saw

May 8, 2020

Every year in March, myself and a close band of music colleagues and friends from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the iconic new music and discovery festival South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. This year was set to be no different, and I was buzzing and more prepared than ever, having […]

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Australia dominates at the 2019 International Songwriting Competition as Tones and I wins the $70k Grand Prize

May 7, 2020

Established in 2002, The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, and in 2019 it received over 18,000 entries from 140 countries. And this year, the ISC has bestowed its highest honor to Australian artist and songwriter Tones And I for the song “Dance Monkey.” The Grand Prize consists of $25,000 […]

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Track of the Day: Imogen Clark “Found Me” (2020)

May 7, 2020

Australian singer-songwriter Imogen Clark has released a new song, “Found Me”, her first new track in two years. The song was written off the back of the end of a relationship. It’s not a song of mourning though, it’s a song of defiance, strength and a bold celebration of her new-found situation. Imogen’s vocals carry […]

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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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Falls Festival to go all Australian with their Summer 2020/21 event lineups.

May 6, 2020

The organisers of Falls Festival have announced that the December 20/ January 21 edition will be limited to an All-Australian lineup. Recognising the uncertainty that awaits us in the recovery phase from Covid-19, they have made the decision to ‘go local’ to provide some certainty to the lineup. Jess Ducrou and Paul Piticco, co-producers of […]

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Pretty Things

Exclusive Video Premiere: Pretty Thrills “Sober” (2020)

May 6, 2020

Sydney pop-rock band,  Pretty Thrills have recently released their second single “Sober”, and we are really excited to be able to bring you today the Exclusive first look at the video for this gem. It follows on from their debut release “Flames” which came out late 2019. The song deals with the oft-seen drunken arguments, […]

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Track of the Day: Nicole Millar “I Should Probably Go to Therapy” (2020)

May 6, 2020

Running around the edges of her irrepressible indie-pop aesthetic Nicole Millar finds strength in the intensely personal with “I Should Probably Go to Therapy”. Her first new music for 2020, the single is a follow-up to 2019’s excellent “Favours” and sheds some light on a trying time in Millar’s life and a conscious confrontation with […]

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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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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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Track of the Day: Kira Puru “Idiot” (2020)

May 5, 2020

Okay, so we’re a bit late to the party with this one but, trust me, we’ve not been sleeping on Kira Puru! “Idiot” is the latest track from the Melbourne based performer, complete with a lyrics video cooked up on MS Paint by artist Celine Dore. Of the highly infectious pop track, Kira says: “”Idiot” […]

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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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Nuria

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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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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Track of the Day: Trace Decay “Sad Dance” (2020)

April 30, 2020

Having sold out shows in their hometown Melbourne, up-and-coming duo, Trace Decay have released their latest single, “Sad Dance”. To date, the indie-rock pair have released two singles, “Hindsight” and “Passivity”. Gaining popular demand from multiple radio stations such as Triple J, Purple Sneakers and Abduction Radiation (USA). The track presents a complex mixture of spellbinding beats […]

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Seattic

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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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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The Delta Riggs to frontline next installment of Boost Mobile’s live streaming initiative

April 29, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 quarantine, musicians have been left practically and financially uncertain, losing a substantial portion of their income having lost the ability to play live shows. Thankfully, new opportunities are popping up, and in a time where the touring industry has been effectively made redundant, the music industry has found a new way to […]

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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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Interview: Diet Cig (New York) on quarantine dreams, double denim and why streaming services needs to step up

April 28, 2020

While many bands are postponing their releases,  New York duo Diet Cig are delivering us a gem of a record in Do You Wonder About Me? this Friday. I caught up with the band over the phone last week to chat about releasing the album in these difficult times, and how they’ve leveled up in […]

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PLGRMS

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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Creature Fear

Track of the Day: Creature Fear “Barely Alive” (2020)

April 27, 2020

Melbourne-based indie-pop 5-piece, Creature Fear, have released “Barely Alive”, their first single since signing with the Daily Nightly / Caroline Australia record label. Prior to this, they were releasing singles independently, the previous one being “Makeup” late in 2019. This is an exciting release and milestone from this fresh vibrant band. They are working towards […]

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The first live music conference in 2021 has officially been cancelled

April 25, 2020

We were lucky enough to attend our first Folk Alliance this year in New Orleans; held in late January, the event was held shortly after the first case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the United States. But the thought that the event in the following year, which had been scheduled for February in Kansas […]

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Track of the Day: Karma Kids “Matrix” (2020)

April 24, 2020

Uniquely depicted as “Emocore” (emo, pop punk and metalcore), Karma Kids from Indianapolis, have announced their latest single, “Matrix” featuring Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. Forming the band in 2019, they unveiled their debut album Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind in February. Probing the effects of different mental health disorders. “Matrix” features on […]

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