I’ve always been a fan of Jonathan Boulet, and in fact his debut album was the first album I ever reviewed for Forte magazine. Right from the beginning of his career he has always pushed the boundaries in terms of production and trying to get the strangest or quirkest sounding elements to the recording.
It’s not everyday that someone drops out of art school to pursue music, and then actually succeeds. Allday seems to have done this with ease, and his debut release Startup Cult is possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2014.
Oren (Michael Douglas) is an acid-tongued real estate agent living in a tiny lakeside apartment packed with his old furniture while he tries every trick in the book to sell the mansion he’d shared with his now deceased wife. Leah (Diane Keaton) is a ditzy nightclub singer living in the apartment next door who’s still struggling to get over her husband’s death.
Once you figure out the formula behind Marvel’s current run of movies, it’s awfully hard to go back to enjoying them. In that sense then, Guardians of the Galaxy is just about the smartest move they could have made at this stage of the franchise.
Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is a playwright directing his first play and after a long day of auditions he’s about to head home when Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) comes in out of the rain. She’s here to audition and she’s not going to be put off by his efforts to get her out the door and gradually she wears him down enough for them to at least start talking about his play, an adaptation of the classic story ‘Venus in Fur’ about a man’s obsession with a woman who can dominate and control him.
A Mad Distance, the debut album by Melbourne songstress Mietta, is a glorious first disc. Drawing elements of acoustic, folk, world and Latin music, the musicianship in terms of the playing is incredibly high on this album. Opening with ‘Sueno’, a slow-burning track, it somewhat feels like this album coincides with an episode of the TV show Global Village, looking at all the different music cultures all around the world.
Seen You Before, the debut release for now Melbourne songstress Ree Nay, has some blissful pop melodies that are orchestrated through the glittery piano on the title track. From there, the sweeping tremolo of the electric guitar and full band take shape on the rest of these songs. The result of many years on the road travelling around performing extensively throughout the UK, Seen You Before has many delicate and sparse sounds to it.
In an icy future caused by a bungled cure for global warming, the only survivors of humanity are packed onto one long train constantly circling the frozen planet. The rich who control everything live in luxury in the far distant front; the poor are crammed into cattle cars at the very rear of the train. There in this rolling slum the leader of the underclass, Curtis (Chris Evans), plots an uprising that will take him and his people the length of the train to the engine and control of this rigid class-bound world.
When it comes time for you to make the jump from beginner status to intermediate, the first thing you’re probably going to consider is buying an acoustic piano. When you come back down to Earth and realize how expensive and space-consuming that is, you’ll be in the market for an affordable 88-key digital keyboard. The only problem with these is that they can be expensive too, which is why we’re taking a look at one of the more affordable 88-key digital piano options in this Yamaha P35 review.
Fractures’ debut release is one of those collections of songs that feel like you should be experiencing a life-affirming moment alongside it. Mark Zito’s soothing vocals harmonise perfectly with the airy and atmospheric guitar that’s scattered throughout the eight songs. ‘Embers’ encompasses the perfect build and sets up the debut EP in a way that not many achieve. Zito’s vocals are perfectly balanced with the steady drumbeat and guitar.