While my musical tastes constantly shift and change, there are a few artists and genres that I find myself coming back to. I keep coming back to high-energy, distortion-fuelled rock acts, like the Foo Fighters, Airbourne and Guns N’ Roses. Strathmore definitely fit that mould, and their debut album Time Well Wasted is absolutely bursting with energy.
In a music scene that seems so overrun with alternative indie bands, we’ve forgotten the beauty in the soulful funk tunes discovered decades ago. Thanks to the mysterious duo known as J and T, who form the band Jungle, they’ve reintroduced the genre and added a new sound to today’s airwaves.
For those who missed out on going to the One Night Stand in Mildura, listening to the live CD is like taking a stab to the guts. Once you get past your initial wave of disappointment for realising what you’ve missed, the album actually creates a really great feel for what the atmosphere was like on the night.
From Mercury to Pluto, the latest release from Cooking with Caustic, has by far the coolest intro to an album this year. DJ turntable breakbeats, brass sections and freestylin’ hip hop lyrics are all present within the short opening track. Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Cooking with Caustic combine reggae and down-tempo electro grooves with hip hop-influenced lyrics.
Ex Nihilo, the debut album from Canadian-born, Sydney-based Guerre (aka Lavurn Lee), is an electronic journey that was recorded over the course of a year in Lee’s basement. With production help from Marcus Whale, the sounds on this album are quite atmospheric and at times ambient. In Latin, Ex Nihilo means ‘Out of Nothing’ and describes the journey that Lee has been on to create this stunning set of electro vibes.
Eukaria, the latest EP from Melbourne stoner/rock/soul band Humans as Animals, is to put it in a couple of words an interesting listen. Opening with ‘Left Me Behind’, jazzy electric guitar fills my headphones and the lush acoustic guitar chord progressions are an interesting take for a band that is acclaimed as stoner rock.
With a title like Land of Pleasure, you’d expect the sophomore release from Sticky Fingers to be nothing less than 12 tracks of pure baby-making bliss. And as soon as the reggae skank beat of ‘Land of Pleasure’ drops, you know that’s exactly what it is.
Nussy, aka Dani Smarrelli, has managed to channel a few bad experiences into a pretty decent debut EP, and boy are we glad she has. Her synth-infused pop tracks match her Twiggy-meets-La Roux style, and make her the perfect modern day pop package.
The Slash Signature Vermillion Les Paul blends timeless specs with Slash-approved features and details, all dressed in a luscious new finish from Gibson USA: Vermillion. This rich, deep-red transparent finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer perfectly exhibits the guitar’s Grade-AAA flamed maple top, while letting the tonewood breathe to enhance an equally rich, deep, resonant tone.