Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done is The Bon Scotts’ latest album. The Melbourne band are no strangers to the folk scene with this being their third album.
Ballarat hiphop artist Esvee is back and has just dropped his third solo release in June of 2014, titled The Best kept Secret. The title is very applicable, in that a lot of you reading this may not have heard of Esvee, however, he is a veteran and much loved figure of the Australian hip hop landscape.
In this day and age indie bands have an unfortunate tendency to fade into obscurity as time goes on. Considering that Cold War Kids have just released their fifth studio album and are celebrating ten years of producing indie rock goodness, I think they’ve done a damn good job getting this far. To make things even better, their latest album, Hold My Home, is pretty damn good.
Never a solo artist, always the drummer is generally how it goes, but not for Cat Canteri. The talented drummer, originally from the band The Stillsons, has just released her solo album When We Were Young, and it’s sublime. With an ever so slight country sound throughout, the album is full of poetic brooding and moody lyrics about love, relationships and general life things that are ordinary enough to relate to, which is kind of nice I think.
For a while all we knew of BANKS was her musician name, that she had her mobile number on Facebook and some seriously lush vocals over synthetic R&B beats. Not much has changed since then, though we now know her first name is Jillian and that her album Goddess is the best damn thing I’ve heard all month. Strong claim I know, but bear with me on this one.
Darkly seductive the debut album from George Kalpa, Mode, is smooth and complex. It’s an album that takes you on a journey, as every track seems to have the power to change the mood you’re in. Throughout the album, George Kalpa takes you down dark city allies, across country fields and into saloons of an old black and white western film.
Augie March has been around for a fair while now. They started off back in 1995 in Collingwood up in Melbourne, back when I was still mucking around with toy trucks and rolling around in sandpits. They’ve been around for nearly 20 years – though they’ve been on hiatus since 2009 – and their experience shows in their work.
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.
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.