You’ve Got the Wrong Guys is the latest release from Melbourne four-piece The Mean Times. Described as real blokes who play real music for real people, this release is a sweaty electro-pop dance release. Cue indie haircuts and stovepipe jeans, these guys are sure to get you on the dance floor and grooving away to their tunes.
This is album number eight for Canadian Matt Andersen, although touted as a debut of sorts. Best known as a blues artist, he’s an established independent multi award-winner. Here he expands on the music he makes. Perhaps newly adopted support of a renowned record company, co-songwriters and an expansion of influences inspired the album title Weightless…
Citizen Kay has released his latest EP Demokracy and it’s a cracker. Opening with ‘Yes’, the horn section and break beat combined with the carefree rap styles of Mr. Kay, demand for a position in your Hottest 100 short list. From Canberra, the majority of the songs on this disc have been receiving extensive airplay on triple j. The moment I got this disc and heard the beat and melody, it was cranked in my car.
From her first forays into public performance, Liz Stringer displayed the signs of a true artist. In the league of Joni Mitchell and Deborah Conway, recent live shows – both solo and with Dyson Stringer Cloher – have confirmed this to be so. It’s hard to know where to applaud first; her voice is variably silken, souring and dusky and her guitar, measured where appropriate, can break out into ornate urgency. Her songs are rich in memorable melody and compelling emotion, with a canny balance of sonic space between the elements.
Over the new years period, many acts are converging on Australia for Falls Festival. SBTRKT is one of the electro acts on the bill and he will be playing tunes on his second album entitled Wonder Where We Land. The journey of the full album and story has somewhat been lost over the years as bands are looking to release just singles and EPs.
Alternative-punk-rock Melbourne band, Ceres, released a surprise EP in mid-November, titled Selfish Prick, after the first track was released with the same name. The self professed ‘uncool’ bands sound has a very familiar quality to it, the kind of music that makes you feel nostalgic – regardless of whether you listen to them for the hundredth time, or the first.
The ’90s are back in a big way – and it’s not just an abundance of Dr. Martens and crop-tops that are signaling the revival. Iconic grunge-gods, The Smashing Pumpkins, have delivered their new album Monuments To An Elegy, and with it, take us back to the sounds that rendered this era timeless.
Do you like your music loud, emotional and a little bit in-your-face? Because that’s exactly what The Smith Street Band specialise in, and their latest effort, Throw Me in the River, is no exception. The opening track, ‘Something I Can Hold in My Hands’, is something of an emotional rollercoaster – vocalist Wil Wagner effortlessly alternates between a soft croon and full-on shouting. It sounds excellent.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a band is either eccentric or attempting to cover up poor musical ability when they use “off kilter is on point” as a guiding mantra, right? When it comes to The Infants, it’s definitely the former. Their music is most definitely off-kilter – but that doesn’t mean that it’s sub-par.