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.
If This Is All We’re Going To Be is a name that suggests settling, that things don’t get much better than this, and while the latter is true for this record, it’s in the best possible way. Luca Brasi has created an album that invites sing-a-longs and emotional epiphanies. It’s the kind of angst-teen listen of our generation that 17 year olds will play to the highest setting to their parents’ distaste.
Created by Alice Keath and Sime Nugent, Sweet Jean, is a project that creates ambient, well-written songs to listen to no matter what your musical presence. It’s the kind of music that really needs to be appreciated for what it is, and that’s great musicality that strips things back to its core.