Augie March has been around for a fair while now. They started off back in 1995 in Collingwood up in Melbourne, back when I was still mucking around with toy trucks and rolling around in sandpits. They’ve been around for nearly 20 years – though they’ve been on hiatus since 2009 – and their experience shows in their work.
As soon as ‘Taiga’ starts and Zola Jesus’ soaring vocals enter the track, it’s easy to see where the main draw card to the album lies. Zola, aka Nika Rosa Danilova, is well aware of this as each track in the album takes her vocals to new highs, and lows, and shows just how strong they are.
As far as I’m concerned, there are some offbeat musical blends that work – electro swing, for example – and others that just don’t work and should never be spoken of again (I’m looking at you, Metallica and Lou Reed!).The Beautiful Girls’ latest effort, Dancehall Days, definitely falls into the former category.
Australia’s Women In Docs and Sweden’s First Aid Kit prove the popularity of adventurous female acoustic pairings, and Siskin River – from Ramornie NSW -show the same promise. Sibling harmonies have a special appeal. Shalane and Tullara Connors bring that innate interplay of voices and phrasing to this debut album.
Back in the dawn of time, caveman hit things with sticks and a bit down the track some weird dude invented instruments with strings. These instruments were often played by people such as court jesters. Some people have been known to draw comparisons between a caveman and a court jester in Geelong’s own local music industry.
Lauren Glezer simply has one of those voices. A voice that makes you listen, is hard to come by but is so wonderful when you do. And if it weren’t for an illness Lauren got struck down with while travelling India, it’s unlikely you’d have come across it.
You certainly have big shoes to fill when supporting a band like Angus & Julia Stone, luckily for Vancouver Sleep Clinic they’ll have to start looking around for a bigger pair. While his dancing was a little cringe worthy at times, main man Tim Bettinson has an incredible voice. The combination of his soaring falsetto over the progressive synth of the band was the perfect introduction to the brother-sister duo.
With so many albums released nowadays that feature groaning guitar riffs begging for attention, it’s nice to come across an album that’s just an easy listen. Humdrum Star doesn’t show off or claw for your attention; it simply gains it through merit.
One look at Banoffee’s (aka Martha Brown) face and you’d think all she’d be capable of is sickly sweet pop melodies. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Banoffee is the answer to all your new wave RnB dreams. Synth glides over syncopated beats and deeply contemplative lyrics. Her vocals are dark, yet at times surprisingly sweet, and they strike such a perfect balance you simply can’t decide what side to turn to.