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Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:03pm

★★★★☆

 

Bringing those good ol’ country feels right into the city, Sydney’s own The Morrisons harness a wickedly fun and cheeky spirit in their self-titled album, an all-out assault of banjo, harmonica, fiddle and washboard.

 

Effortlessly sliding between fast-picking numbers like ‘Whiskey On The Brain’ and ‘Sugarcane’ – featuring some furious puffing on a harmonica...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:16pm

★★★★

 

Short, sweet and scruffy, Hi!, the debut EP from Bleach Girls, embodies all the popped-collar, bubblegum-snapping ’tude of your 16-year-old self, when all you wanted to do was skip school, hit the beach and jam in your parents’ garage.

 

For Byron Bay musicians Fi Fi and Mickey Bleach, that dream became reality. The brother-sister duo wrote more than 20 songs...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:16pm

★★★★

 

Drawing influence from pop, soul, jazz and lo-fi sounds, Owen Rabbit masterfully draws listeners in with his hauntingly heartfelt lyrics, pairing them with some truly cinematic production work.

 

Experimental sound effects are plentiful across this release, alongside Rabbit’s signature use of miscellaneous objects to make his music.

 

‘Oh My God...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:16pm

★★★★

 

‘Tocka’ is a Russian word for which there is no direct equivalent in English, designed to describe the strange feeling you get when you start missing something you never actually had – that odd kind of confused absence that nothing seems able to satisfy.

 

Anatomy Class’ Tell Me What You See is the melodic translation of that phrase, a record defined by a...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 3:25pm

★★★☆

 

Napier describe themselves as a “raunchy rock’n’roll” band and they certainly do rock the roll, channelling some old-school vibes with each guitar-driven track they have to offer.

 

And they’re getting some pretty great reviews for their live shows as well.

 

I don’t know if it’s due to the title of their EP, Sundance Romance, or my first...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 3:25pm

★★★☆

 

In a Tokyo rock’n’roll bar recently, a middle-aged, tattooed German punk rocker told me about a mod revival happening in Indonesia.

 

The image of Indonesian youths wearing heavy green parkas decorated with Union Jacks and riding Vespas on the smog- and humidity-laden streets of Denpasar was too fascinating to ignore. Surely this is globalisation in its ideal...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 5:45pm

★★★★☆

 

When Zeahorse released their debut LP Pools in 2013, it showed them to be just as much of a jam band as they were meticulous with their songs.

 

Even at a lean 36 minutes, there was no ‘fat’ to trim, per se, but there was a very clear divide between the small handful of carefully constructed songs they had been playing live for years and those that were...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:09pm

★★★★

 

The second release from one-man music machine I Built The Sky (AKA Rohan ‘Ro’ Stevenson) is nothing short of a powerful production.

 

The Sky Is Not The Limit, with its tracks named after cloud formations, immerses the listener into everything from metal to intricate punk.

 

This album has it all: experimental guitar runs, synthesizers, crashing...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 12:34pm

★★★★

 

Josh Rennie-Hynes’ Furthermore arrives as a solid follow-up to his previous effort, February.

 

An organic, self-produced record, the album finds Rennie-Hynes exploring new terrain while sticking to what he does best: writing songs that linger long after the first listen.

 

Slow-burner ‘Where Do I Go’ begins the album on an introspective note,...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 4:07pm

★★★★☆

 

In the post-fact world we now reside in, it feels hard to approach anything with real sincerity, much less sing in a voice free from irony.

 

For that reason, Tom Stephens’ What Lies In The Difference proves to be an exceptional record in all senses of the word: as a debut album it is startlingly self-contained and assured, but as a passionate, strikingly...

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