A deep guitar riff opens the album, Deena’s sultry voice slips into the track and ‘Cupid’ has instantly become the best way to start off Black Cat and mesmerise all. It’s the kind of bluesy-rock number that you have to thrash your long hair around to – in slow-mo. Deena’s voice is powerful and her ability to manipulate her vocals is clear early on.
There’s something so magical about listening to anything from Alison Wonderland, maybe it’s because she clearly has a passion for what she does or maybe it’s just because she’s damn good at it, either way, her new release Run is the bi-product of both.
The critics are right, this is British India’s best release. The lyrics are cleaner, as the producer encouraged lead singer Declan Melia to aim for perfection, the instrumentals are often quite complicated especially in ‘Suddenly’ and all the songs on the album compliment each other perfectly.
Reading the back story to Five Mile Sniper’s new album and it’s hard to know what to think, “The Sound Of Trees is a euphemism for the decaying natural world we’ve inherited that has no voice – a cry for help that cannot be heard. It conveys moments of optimism with an undertone of loss.” It could go one of two ways; luckily it took the better option.
Simply getting feature album on triple j pretty much cemented the Dorsal Fins new album Mind Renovation to do well, and it seems more just that it’s actually a decent release. ‘Nothing Left to Hide’ crushes hearts in its treat em’ mean keep em’ keen mentality, but hold your breath for ‘Monday Tuesday’ where the vocals mend the broken spirits of before.
There are certain words in life that simply roll of the tongue, and for Alabama Shakes, somehow their whole sophomore album is a smooth and soulful affair that does just that. ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ – which you may have heard on the radio by now – is an edgier track with guitar riffs and squealing vocals opening the song.
It’s not every day that Geelong gets a visit from a big name Australian artist, however last week we were lucky enough to have our very own Angus and Julia Stone visit. The brother-sister folk-blues duo made a quick stop off to Geelong’s very own Costa Hall, and I was lucky enough to witness their performance for the first time.
The explosive relationship between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat is one that has kept The Libertines interesting even though their musical output has been quite limited over the past couple of years. Carl Barat has announced his new band The Jackals and last week they released their debut album entitled Let It Reign.
The Day The Rain Comes Down, the latest release for DASH is a spine-tingling affair. Opening with ‘Secrets’, I can hear elements of Missy Higgins, Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann in the vocals. Piano and eerie guitar and string sections make this an impressive debut track to listen to. It’s quite a slow burner of a track, but has some edgy electronic and jangly guitar lines building towards its four minute climax.
Listening to Jakubi’s EP Holiday is like getting a much needed injection of summer straight into the blood stream. Opening number, and also title track, ‘Holiday’ has a bit of a John Butler Trio vibe to it and was one of the tracks to reach #1 on the HypeMachine charts, a pretty great achievement for such a new band. There’s a little bit of electronica thrown into the mix, making it that all-rounder perfect for a summer party.