I’ve always been a fan of Jonathan Boulet, and in fact his debut album was the first album I ever reviewed for Forte magazine. Right from the beginning of his career he has always pushed the boundaries in terms of production and trying to get the strangest or quirkest sounding elements to the recording.
It’s not everyday that someone drops out of art school to pursue music, and then actually succeeds. Allday seems to have done this with ease, and his debut release Startup Cult is possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2014.
A Mad Distance, the debut album by Melbourne songstress Mietta, is a glorious first disc. Drawing elements of acoustic, folk, world and Latin music, the musicianship in terms of the playing is incredibly high on this album. Opening with ‘Sueno’, a slow-burning track, it somewhat feels like this album coincides with an episode of the TV show Global Village, looking at all the different music cultures all around the world.
Seen You Before, the debut release for now Melbourne songstress Ree Nay, has some blissful pop melodies that are orchestrated through the glittery piano on the title track. From there, the sweeping tremolo of the electric guitar and full band take shape on the rest of these songs. The result of many years on the road travelling around performing extensively throughout the UK, Seen You Before has many delicate and sparse sounds to it.
When it comes time for you to make the jump from beginner status to intermediate, the first thing you’re probably going to consider is buying an acoustic piano. When you come back down to Earth and realize how expensive and space-consuming that is, you’ll be in the market for an affordable 88-key digital keyboard. The only problem with these is that they can be expensive too, which is why we’re taking a look at one of the more affordable 88-key digital piano options in this Yamaha P35 review.
Fractures’ debut release is one of those collections of songs that feel like you should be experiencing a life-affirming moment alongside it. Mark Zito’s soothing vocals harmonise perfectly with the airy and atmospheric guitar that’s scattered throughout the eight songs. ‘Embers’ encompasses the perfect build and sets up the debut EP in a way that not many achieve. Zito’s vocals are perfectly balanced with the steady drumbeat and guitar.
Having toured with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Big Scary and First Aid Kit, before indulging in The Sleeper, the sophomore release for Caitlin Park, I was already impressed. Released in May, this album has been kicking around for a few months and was featured quite heavily on many media outlets. ‘Wake Up in a Whirr’ features thundering drum percussion and silky smooth vocal harmonies that to my ear draws comparisons to Thelma Plum in her vocal melodies and song arrangement.
We will finally get to here Sheezus the latest album by Brit superstar Lily Allen this weekend as she takes to the stage of Splendour and for some sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Admittedly, it’s taken a couple of listen to get into but this is a great album. The follow up to her previous album 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and 2006’s Alright Still was always going to be a big task and on this release, we see some of the most intensive and personal lyrics of Allen’s career.
Lance Ferguson is most well known for his work with the Melbourne soul/funk outfit The Bamboos. However, during his busy schedule he has found time to somehow put together a side project album, and get the majority of the Melbourne music scene to sing along on it. Blind Bet by Cookin’ on 3 Burners, (by far the coolest band name I’ve heard in recent times) is a cracking set of tracks.
It’s pretty exciting that finally in 2014 we’re able to get our ears around Shy Glow, the debut album from Sydney duo Fishing. It’s been a couple of years in the making, but trust me on this one, it’s been well worth the wait. Having seen the group play once in Geelong, back in 2010 supporting The John Steel Singers at the Nash, I was immediately entranced with the luscious electro beats that were being thrown down.