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.
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 certainly have big shoes to fill when supporting a band like Angus & Julia Stone, luckily for Vancouver Sleep Clinic they’ll have to start looking around for a bigger pair. While his dancing was a little cringe worthy at times, main man Tim Bettinson has an incredible voice. The combination of his soaring falsetto over the progressive synth of the band was the perfect introduction to the brother-sister duo.
With so many albums released nowadays that feature groaning guitar riffs begging for attention, it’s nice to come across an album that’s just an easy listen. Humdrum Star doesn’t show off or claw for your attention; it simply gains it through merit.
One look at Banoffee’s (aka Martha Brown) face and you’d think all she’d be capable of is sickly sweet pop melodies. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Banoffee is the answer to all your new wave RnB dreams. Synth glides over syncopated beats and deeply contemplative lyrics. Her vocals are dark, yet at times surprisingly sweet, and they strike such a perfect balance you simply can’t decide what side to turn to.
Good Luck Charm, the second album from the Texas-based acoustic duo The Mastersons, is full of high moments, with some beautifully written songs that come courtesy from their touring life on the road in both this project and Steve Earle’s band The Dukes. This second release from the band sees a lot more collaborative effort than 2012’s Birds Fly South, where the songs were written by Chris and Eleanor individually and then brought to the table.
Having shared a stage with some seriously big acts – we’re talking Aerosmith and Van Halen here, people – it’s no surprise that the lads from The Dead Love can crank out an awesome rock album. The three-piece from Sydney definitely fall in the alt-rock category, but there’s some punky undertones here and there that make vocalist/guitarist Stevie Knight’s riffs really stand out.
I think that Lost in the Moment, the first EP from Daniel Lee Kendall, is one of the most played albums on my iTunes. It’s very exciting that his debut record, entitled Daniel Lee Kendall is Dead, was released last week. Opening with ‘Under a Spell’, this album is perfectly crafted with pop gems that are both mystically-sounding and able to be digested in one listen.
A ukulele-playing and acoustic music lover myself, this Vance Joy album review was always bound to be a little biased. It’s no secret that he is one of the biggest musicians in the world scene today and is about to converge on a US tour before playing Falls and Southbound, as well as touring in March next year.