As soon as ‘Taiga’ starts and Zola Jesus’ soaring vocals enter the track, it’s easy to see where the main draw card to the album lies. Zola, aka Nika Rosa Danilova, is well aware of this as each track in the album takes her vocals to new highs, and lows, and shows just how strong they are.
Andrew (Miles Teller) is a nineteen-year-old who desperately wants to be the best jazz drummer in the world. He’s currently studying at a New York conservatory where he draws the attention of Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a much-admired teacher who wants Andrew to be the best jazz drummer in the world.
As far as I’m concerned, there are some offbeat musical blends that work – electro swing, for example – and others that just don’t work and should never be spoken of again (I’m looking at you, Metallica and Lou Reed!).The Beautiful Girls’ latest effort, Dancehall Days, definitely falls into the former category.
Australia’s Women In Docs and Sweden’s First Aid Kit prove the popularity of adventurous female acoustic pairings, and Siskin River – from Ramornie NSW -show the same promise. Sibling harmonies have a special appeal. Shalane and Tullara Connors bring that innate interplay of voices and phrasing to this debut album.
Remember the creepy doll from The Conjuring? Clearly Hollywood did: this spin-off starring her has hit cinemas before the official Conjuring sequel has. Presumably a movie based around a doll is a lot easier to knock out – especially when most of your story comes direct from the giant tome of horror movie stunts that Hollywood has locked in a crypt somewhere.
The year is 1999 – yes, there are a lot of Y2K jokes here – and former NYPD officer Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) is now an unlicensed private investigator. As he puts it, “sometimes I do favours for people, sometimes they give me gifts”. So when a man (Boyd Holbrook) from one of his AA meetings says his brother Kenny (Dan Stevens) wants his help, Matt goes along.
Back in the dawn of time, caveman hit things with sticks and a bit down the track some weird dude invented instruments with strings. These instruments were often played by people such as court jesters. Some people have been known to draw comparisons between a caveman and a court jester in Geelong’s own local music industry.
Lauren Glezer simply has one of those voices. A voice that makes you listen, is hard to come by but is so wonderful when you do. And if it weren’t for an illness Lauren got struck down with while travelling India, it’s unlikely you’d have come across it.
You might think that the subject of Dracula has pretty much been done to death (seriously, what more was there left to be said after Dracula 3000?). Yet the actual origin of Dracula has been sadly neglected over the years, with the sinister vampire just generally assumed to have either been born bad or become a vampire through sheer force of evil will.