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Album Review: Typhoon’s latest Offerings is a gamble that doesn’t come up short

July 2, 2018

Some four and a bit years ago, I was wandering Austin City Limits on my way to see someone or other. I brushed past a stage where no less than eleven people were producing some of the most impressive music I’d heard in sometime. The band, it turned out, were Typoon, an outfit out of […]

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Album Review: The Sad Song Co. – Worth (2018 LP)

February 6, 2018

If you look in the dictionary for the definition of multi-talented I’m not entirely certain you wouldn’t see a picture of Nigel Powell smiling back at you.  For the uninitiated, Nigel is the powerhouse drummer in The Sleeping Souls, the relentlessly touring (and recording) band for Frank Turner. He’s also from Dive Dive, and the […]

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Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents B-Sides & Remixes (2017 EP)

November 24, 2017

If you’ve been craving new Tame Impala, then this one’s for you. After two years since Currents hit home sending shockwaves through the nation, frontman Kevin Parker has decided to revisit the group’s third LP, giving fans their well needed pick-me-up. Sparing three B-sides and two remixes, Parker isn’t holding back – the EP makes up just […]

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Album Review: St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION (2017 LP)

October 15, 2017

I have never listened to St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) before this album, and while I feel I need to go and do that now, I am happy that MASSEDUCTION was my introduction to her music and her amazing talent. MASSEDUCTION is, quite frankly, the best thing I’ve listened to in a while. The production […]

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Album Review: British India – Forgetting The Future (2017 LP)

October 9, 2017

I have been a British India fan from the start. I remember playing “Tie Up My Hands” on repeat back in 2007, and since then, I’ve followed their progress and danced in their moshpits in venues and festivals all over Sydney. To say their sixth album, Forgetting the Future is great is an understatement. Their […]

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Album Review: Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold (2017 LP)

September 20, 2017

It can’t be easy when you’ve been around as long as the Foo Fighters, both collectively and as the myriad of musical permutations of the individuals within the band, to come up with an album that sounds fresh and exciting but Concrete and Gold, the latest offering by the Foos, is just that. From the moment […]

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Album Review: The Belligerents – Science Fiction (2017 LP)

September 10, 2017

The Belligerents’ debut album Science Fiction has landed. And you will want to get on board. The long-awaited full-length release from this Brisbane band, who have had the industry buzzing for some time, is out now through Sony. The record is full of all the grand splendour you’d hope for: driving guitars, spaced out keys, […]

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Album Review: Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness (2017 LP)

August 18, 2017

Straight off the bat, Go Farther In Lightness is a victory album. It’s a victory of love and loss; a triumph for hope and life. It’s an album with many peaks and just as many moments that make you ponder and appreciate your existence. It’s a compass for those lacking direction. It’s the ‘I may […]

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Album Review: The Creases – Tremolow (2017 LP)

August 4, 2017

How can a song be anthemic if no one’s ever heard it before? The Creases answer that question in their stunning debut album Tremolow. While there’s been a lot of hype around this beloved Brisbane band since they formed four years ago, they waited until now to release their LP. One of the reasons was […]

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Album Review: Alison Moyet – Other (2017 LP)

July 5, 2017

Alison Moyet has always been front of mind for me when it comes to female vocalists. Her voice has woven itself steadily through my life ever since I heard “Where Hides Sleep” years ago. Now, with the release of her ninth solo album, Other, I sit in awe still of her extraordinary voice and remarkable […]

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Album Review: Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory (2017 LP)

July 3, 2017

LA Clippers fan Vince Staples set the rap game alight with his debut album Summertime ’06. The captivating conscious hip-hop album left fans satisfied, yet hungry for a new project. Enter Prima Donna; the more experimental album which was rather divisive for Vince Staples fans. However, the experimentalist in Vince wouldn’t stop there, as fans […]

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Album Review: Grinspoon – Guide to Better Living (20th Anniversary Edition) (2017 LP)

June 22, 2017

This month, well known Aussie rockers Grinspoon are releasing a deluxe edition of their first studio album Guide to Better Living. Celebrating the 20 years it’s been around by adding a load of live tracks to the album list. Grinspoon formed in 1995 and released Guide to Better Living two years later in September. The […]

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Album Review: Lorde’s Melodrama (2017 LP) lives up to the hype

June 18, 2017

When “Liability” came out, it sucker punched me right in the face. You start listening to it and you’re like, ‘Oooo this is nice’, and then the lyrics sink in and your face turns red and the tears start welling and then BAM! Emotions! Lorde has a way of doing that. She knows how to […]

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Album Review: Ceres – Stretch Ur Skin (2017 EP)

June 8, 2017

What can I say about Ceres that hasn’t already been said – often by me? Ceres is my favourite Australian band, hands down. Their first album, I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here, is one of my favourite albums of all time. Their second album, Drag It Down On You, is a melodious, cathartic, […]

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Album Review: alt-J – RELAXER (2017 LP)

June 4, 2017

UK indie-rockers alt-J first sent shock waves through the music world back in 2012, following the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave. Pocketing a Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello ‘Album Award’ for songwriting and three BRIT award nominations, the band quickly rose to international acclaim, hooking listeners far and wide with their […]

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Revisiting MT Warning’s brilliant 2015 EP, Petrified Heart

April 18, 2017

If, like me, you’re a stressed out over-thinker struggling with the constant sensory input of our increasingly busy lives, then you’ll find this absolute gem by MT Warning to be a much needed oasis of calm and serenity. Mikey Bee manages storytelling and imagery woven together with heart-on-sleeve lyrics, all delivered with emotive and honest […]

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Album Review: The Waifs – Ironbark (2017 LP)

March 22, 2017

To celebrate 25 years in the business, The Waifs have delivered their glorious eighth LP, Ironbark. They asked their fans what they wanted, and delivered a stunningly created 25 song album. All tracks were recorded at the Karl Marx beared guitarist, Josh Cunningham‘s quaint bushland house in rugged Moruya in New South Wales. Still very […]

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Album Review: Laura Marling – Semper Femina (2017 LP)

March 13, 2017

Let me preface this review by saying I am in love with Laura Marling. I have been since 2013, when she enchanted the entire tent at Splendour in the Grass. Her songwriting shows wisdom and depth beyond her years, and many of her songs make me feel like they’ve been written just for me. I’ve […]

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Album Review: A.B ORIGINAL – Reclaim Australia (2016 LP)

November 22, 2016

Back in September, I sat opposite Briggs and Trials in Brisbane as they told me about Reclaim Australia, the debut album by their collaborative project A.B Original, and how it stood to shake up not only the Australian music industry, but our social community as a whole. Generally, you learn to take such grandiose claims […]

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Album Review: Solange – A Seat At The Table (2016 LP)

October 5, 2016

Solange Knowles‘ A Seat At The Table may very well be the album that brings the artist to breakthrough-levels of success but for those who have been following her music for the last few years, this 21-track epic is the result of a creative talent that has been thriving and developing outside the mainstream for quite some time. […]

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Album Review: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (2016 LP)

September 20, 2016

Sometimes a piece of art becomes so intertwined with a contemporaneous event that true, unbiased analysis becomes impossible. Just as Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was erroneously seen as a response to 9/11, and Bowie’s Blackstar became his swansong, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree comes in the wake of a tragedy. Halfway through the writing of the album’s material, Cave’s teenage son died in […]

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Album Review: Wilco – Schmilco (2016 LP)

September 5, 2016

If someone says they’re a Wilco fan, it could really mean a lot of things. Maybe they’re wearing a chambray shirt and cowboy boots, in which case they probably mean they like Being There or AM. Or perhaps they’re high and paranoid, in which case they’re Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fans, or they’re high and loving […]

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Album Review: Ceres – Drag It Down On You (2016 LP)

September 2, 2016

Christ, there have been some absolutely stellar Australian album releases this year that have captured the full spectrum of emotion, threaded catchy-as-fuck guitar riffs and percussion throughout, and presented it in a rocking format to hungry music fans. Like Horror My Friend, Slowly Slowly and Pretty City before them this year, Ceres have produced a 2016 album that has done […]

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Album Review: Travis Collins – Hard Light (2016 LP)

September 1, 2016

Travis Collins has come a long way since taking the prize of Toyota Star Maker Quest (a competition that has kick started the careers of Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, and James Blundell to name a few). Now, twelve years later, Travis has released his fifth album, Hard Light. Delving into loss, love, courage – it […]

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Album Review: The John Steel Singers – Midnight At The Plutonium (2016 LP)

August 23, 2016

During my first listen of The John Steel Singers’ new EP, Midnight at the Plutonium, it’s a cold Melbourne winter day, but damn, this album makes it feel like a Brisbane summer afternoon. At just eight tracks, it’s short and sweet, and the funk that seeps through has a good chance of getting you bopping around, […]

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Album Review: Montaigne – Glorious Heights (2016 LP)

August 1, 2016

It feels like Montaigne’s debut album, Glorious Heights, has been a long time coming. Yeah, she’s been in listener’s ears since being unearthed back in 2011, but it’s not like she’s spent the past five years sitting back resting on the laurels she created as a high schooler. Some might not have blamed her if […]

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Album Review: Gang Of Youths – Let Me Be Clear (2016 EP)

July 26, 2016

There aren’t too many good things to come out of illness and disease. Two of them, however, are the first two releases from Sydney band Gang Of Youths. While 2015 was hit by the massive and anthemic concept LP The Positions, 2016 is inevitably going to become enthralled by its follow-up EP, Let Me Be […]

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Album Review: Emma Louise – Supercry (2016 LP)

July 21, 2016

Brisbane artist Emma Louise took the music world by storm at 19 years of age, producing a debut EP that earned her a nomination for the 2011 J Award Unearthed Artist of the Year. A beacon of raw musical talent she soon had a debut full-length album and an ARIA nomination under her belt. Sophomore […]

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Album Review: Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (2016 LP)

July 18, 2016

Rap music has always had an undercurrent of self-examination to go along with its social commentary, but it seems that now more than ever, we want introspection from our artists. From Kanye West’s lexapro lyrics to Kendrick Lamar’s visionary classic from 2015, verses that could have been ripped from the casenotes of a psychologist are […]

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Album Review: Hey Geronimo – Crashing Into The Sun (2016 LP)

July 18, 2016

Hey Geronimo‘s Crashing Into the Sun may be one of the great mis-timed album releases. When it’s 10 degrees, you don’t long for an album full of summer jams and Beach Boys harmonies. Crashing Into the Sun denotes fun and heat, from the glorious beach-body album cover to the Sgt Pepper’s psychedelia. While it may stand in stark contrast to the […]

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