Over the years, the Palace Theatre up the top of Bourke Street has been very good to me. To be finally saying goodbye due to the redevelopment into apartments is very sad, but having the opportunity to see English indie kid Jake Bugg there was very exciting indeed. Out here for the recent Bluesfest at Byron Bay and Deni, as well as sideshows, it was very exciting to see Bugg in action after hearing so much about him and watching live videos on YouTube.
I’m normally a fence-sitter when it comes to produced music, but Sohn’s new release, Tremors, has me reconsidering my position. After a false start with a few very repetitive, somewhat over-produced tracks with elements that just don’t gel, Tremors soon gets on to the good stuff with ‘Artifice’. The track starts off strong, with multiple complimenting layers, before Sohn’s vocals come in and an African-esque drumbeat continues throughout.
Brisbane duo The Phoncurves are back with their new EP entitled Heartstrings. With luscious vocal melodies, this group has already mixed it with the likes of Josh Pyke, Thelma Plum, Asta and The Paper Kites to name but just a few.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician that has been working harder than Shaun Kirk over the past few years. Steer the Wheel, a majority crowdfunded record, is a stunning full band affair this time around, featuring the talents of Danny McKenna and Grant Cummerford as Kirk’s rhythm section.
Get to You is the debut record from Melbourne band The Night Party. A collaboration between Buck Lexton and Rick Sands, this album draws some comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and The Rolling Stones. Although the album only goes for 30 minutes, throughout the twelve tracks there is an extensive music landscape created through each of the tracks.
Discovering Ásgeir was one of the best things to happen to me this week; then I got given his album to review. Already becoming the fastest-selling debut album in Iceland by a domestic artist, Ásgeir is now ready to show Australia his “Folktronica” sound inspired by the likes of Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Alt-J and James Blake in his English language version of Dyrd i Daudathogn (In the Silence).
Award winning Singer songwriter Timothy Carroll and Producer cross Guitarist Oscar Dawson came along 3 years ago to create the band Holy Holy, demoing in stairwells and apartments in Stockholm and Berlin the boys released a full length Album on their return. Driving along listening to triple J yesterday I had to pull over and shazam a song that turned out to be Holy Holy’s latest single ‘House of Cards’.
If intro songs were the be all and end all of an album, then Teeth & Tongue would have Grids in the charts. Starting off with their track ‘Good Man’, also played on triple j, listeners are immediately acquainted with the quirky, slightly ’80s sounds of Teeth & Tongue.
There’s nothing quite like an album that opens with a track titled ‘Whore’ and then follows it up with 15 equally original, albeit less insulting, track titles. Born and raised in Detroit, Rollo Ellis has been playing in bands since he was 14-years-old. Amongst his vast history in the music industry, he’s played solo naked, traded in a Les Paul guitar for an acoustic, and numerous other interesting life events.
Is it wrong to be sold on an album based entirely on their cover design? If it is, then call me a sinner because Future Islands’ album, Singles, is damn attractive. Luckily, the contents of the pretty cardboard casing aren’t too bad either. Just imagine the typical ’80s video clip with a man singing evocatively by the beach and you’ve got Future Islands’ sound down to a T.