When Tim Hulsman released Dead Man’s Garden back in 2014, the excitement in me was running hot. Having seen his solo live show a few times, I was taken by his ability to hook people in with his unique approach to writing lyrics and creating groovy little rootsy melodies.
It’s been just over a year since we lost the Thin White Duke and to this day, we are still reeling over the news. It came as a shock on that fateful day in January 2016, and everyone is getting amongst the extensive back catalogue that he has left us. This year, he would have been 70 and to mark the occasion, the No Plan EP dropped.
It’s The Stones as bluesmen that first reeled me in. This ‘accidental’ recording of covers is the stuff of fans’ dreams and a cheat-sheet for students of the mainly Chicago-style. Over time, they’ve punctuated Rock’n’Roll with a banquet of influences: soul covers (‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg)’, reggae (‘Cherry Oh Baby’), country (‘Far Away Eyes’) and disco (‘Miss You’).
If the opener ‘Favourite Star’ doesn’t entice you to get your ears around this EP, then nothing will. Sounding like times of getting your chops around a Frosty Fruit on a hot summers day, Auchenflower by Brisbane artist Alex L’Estrange is a wild psychedelic trip down the rabbit hole that will remind you of Deep Sea Arcade or even The Beatles through their Revolver period.