Yes, that is the name of this album. I must have been living in some kind of ignorant dreamland where Shepparton seemed like a sunny place to go buy some peaches and take a dip in the Goulburn River on the weekend, but boy did I have it wrong – well, according to Briggs anyway.
FKA Twigs is an enigma. There’s simply no other musician in the music industry who has experienced such exponential and far-reaching fame without any real knowledge of who she is dispersed alongside it. By no surprise her debut album LP1 was highly anticipated, if only to gain further insight into the singer.
Anberlin have been around for quite a while now: since forming in 2002, they’ve put out six albums, two EPs and have toured the world multiple times. They’ve also completely flown under my radar until now, which is a damn shame as Lowborn is their seventh and final album.
Listening to Cold World, the latest release from Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, is like jumping in a time machine and heading back to the golden age of soul music. In the last six years, since the band recorded the previous album, they have played some of the biggest music festivals around.
Hill…Top…! Hill…Top…! This will be what the entire hip hop community will be chanting for the new Hilltop Hoods album – an album, for all those who listened intently to the lyrical hints in their last album Drinking from the Sun, knew was coming. This album isn’t just new; it’s an extension of Drinking from the Sun, which only makes it even more spectacular.
Tim Hulsman grew up in a close-knit community where he learnt to play homegrown music. Rather than an introduction via 12-bar blues and Dylan his musical experience and expression was restricted to Christian tunes. Like many treading the alt-folk path, the lapsed Jehovah’s Witness turned a defiant early ear towards the dreaded world of ‘rock and/or roll’.
If there’s one thing Kingswood does well, it’s good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Their debut album, Microscopic Wars, is no exception. The 13-track LP takes their signature brand of fuzzy rock and takes it to next level. There’s no middle ground; from start to finish you’re hit with thudding, high energy rock.
While my musical tastes constantly shift and change, there are a few artists and genres that I find myself coming back to. I keep coming back to high-energy, distortion-fuelled rock acts, like the Foo Fighters, Airbourne and Guns N’ Roses. Strathmore definitely fit that mould, and their debut album Time Well Wasted is absolutely bursting with energy.
In a music scene that seems so overrun with alternative indie bands, we’ve forgotten the beauty in the soulful funk tunes discovered decades ago. Thanks to the mysterious duo known as J and T, who form the band Jungle, they’ve reintroduced the genre and added a new sound to today’s airwaves.
For those who missed out on going to the One Night Stand in Mildura, listening to the live CD is like taking a stab to the guts. Once you get past your initial wave of disappointment for realising what you’ve missed, the album actually creates a really great feel for what the atmosphere was like on the night.