There are those unspoken countries and icons you must visit when travelling, and inoubliable France is one of them. Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, French culture is generally synonymous with croissants, coffee, kisses and art, and So Frenchy So Chic have managed to tap into that but draw out so much more.
It’s been just over a year since we lost the Thin White Duke and to this day, we are still reeling over the news. It came as a shock on that fateful day in January 2016, and everyone is getting amongst the extensive back catalogue that he has left us. This year, he would have been 70 and to mark the occasion, the No Plan EP dropped.
At one stage he had the audience in fits of laughter.
2016 was filled with hype, controversy, tragedy, many hits and a few misses. Thankfully, mine ended with a high for my first Falls Music Festival experience, and Lorne did not disappoint. The line-up boasted the very best artists, the weather was wet, windy and scorching hot, and it was a true celebration of making it through one helluva year.
It’s The Stones as bluesmen that first reeled me in. This ‘accidental’ recording of covers is the stuff of fans’ dreams and a cheat-sheet for students of the mainly Chicago-style. Over time, they’ve punctuated Rock’n’Roll with a banquet of influences: soul covers (‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg)’, reggae (‘Cherry Oh Baby’), country (‘Far Away Eyes’) and disco (‘Miss You’).
If the opener ‘Favourite Star’ doesn’t entice you to get your ears around this EP, then nothing will. Sounding like times of getting your chops around a Frosty Fruit on a hot summers day, Auchenflower by Brisbane artist Alex L’Estrange is a wild psychedelic trip down the rabbit hole that will remind you of Deep Sea Arcade or even The Beatles through their Revolver period.
One of Australia’s premier blues guitarists, the prolific Fiona Boyes brings the goods again with 16 tracks of mostly originals. Recorded in California, it bears the idiosyncratic stamp of award-winning engineer ‘Professor’ Keith O. Johnson.