Straight up hard edge southern American rock is what Black Stone Cherry (BSC) pump out and their fifth album, Kentucky, doesn’t fail to provide the band’s trademark mix of catchy hard rock tunes and radio friendly rock ballads.
If there’s something that clears of Sam Brittain’s release, is its seamless nature, weaving from the intro to ‘Underground’ and right throughout the remaining 13 tracks effortlessly. In part it’s credit to Brittain’s honey-toned voice and secondly due to the clever layering and arrangement of the keys, guitar and drums. Each song is textured and much more complex than it may seem at first listen.
You know that moment where the rain starts across a lake, and the ripples seem to increase with every droplet? A massive storm is brewing and it seems ever so peaceful. The Stillness, by Wellington-based songwriter and music producer Pacific Heights (aka Devin Abrams) encompasses this is musical form.
Local lads The Run have just come home after a whirlwind trip to Germany to compete in the Global Battle of the Bands. Relatively new on the scene it was a massive step for the band, and listening to their newest EP, it actually becomes pretty clear the talent the trio have.
Think of some of the best soul lead singers you’ve heard over the years and exactly what it was that made them great, now think of what’s in offer in Melbourne and chances are the list is much smaller. A name that is no doubt on your list, is The Sugarcanes’ Lucy Wilson and her intoxicating, powerful vocals.
Listening to Olympia’s debut release Self Talk is like getting lost in a rabbit hole of electronics, wispy, yet ethereal, vocals and whining guitar riffs. It’s a brave release from the musician Olivia Bartley, who has been working on this project since 2011.