This year the gumboots were left behind as thousands flocked to Byron Bay and the home of one of the finest music festivals in Australia. Instead sheer dresses were rocked with Doc Martins, shirts became optional and sunnies soon became victims of the moshpit.
It seems that with the wave of music producers, synth and electronica, the simple pleasures of acoustic, folk music have become lost. The Heights’ EP is a return to such pleasures, and is an easy listen if there ever were one.
Andy Black, also known as Andy Biersack of band Black Veil Brides, has made his solo debut with The Shadow Side. The album asserts itself right away with ‘Homecoming King’, where Andy Black’s raw vocals and anguished lyrics are showcased. Early on we’re introduced to, ‘We Don’t Have To Dance’. With its catchy lyrics and pop-but-emo sound, the song is on its way to becoming an anthem.
There’s something so unusual about the composition and layering that Spectoral uses in his music. Opening number ‘Roots n’ Wings’ is slow, piano-driven to begin with before a slight tribal beat comes to the forefront and the synth becomes a driver for the track. The vocals are consistent, though seem to be held back to try and match the beat of the song.
With this release, Liz Stringer puts out her fifth studio album, and what many are saying is her best. Recorded over eight days in Portland, USA, the release features appearances from Luke Ydstie (bass) and Ben Nugent (drums).
There’s something so ethereal and comforting about the Above & Beyond release. As soon as ‘Hello’ slides through my headphones, with its soft crooning of “hello”, gentle keys and instrumental arrangement it’s the easiest listen I’ve heard in a long time.
Chris Cavill’s 2015 album ‘Know Your Destiny’ was a fine collection of alt-folk roots with a side-order of rock. With a new band line-up for EP ‘All That You Got’, the balance tips well over to the electrified side. And like a run of new local releases, there’s a surprising echo from the ’70s anchoring the punchy rhythms and riffs.