‘I stand in the light I’ve cast and turn away from any lack of love’ John Legend reveals on his fifth studio album Darkness and Light. As the title would suggest, this album is full of various points of light and shade that work in creating a whole journey that is sometimes lacking in a time of being able to cherry pick singles off Digital outlets.
For listeners of triple j, Bec Sandridge’s deep, unwavering vocals will be a familiar sound. ‘In the Fog, In the Flame’ is a track that’s had significant airplay, and while being a means to showcase the attributes of her vocals mentioned earlier, it’s a damn catchy number.
It’s been a pretty whirlwind time for Tkay, and the now 20-year-old has released her debut album, TKAY. Known for speed of light rapping style in which she seems unaffected by the banalities of needing to breathe, her music fuses a dance-ready sound with grime, trap, African beats and more.
Some of Childish Gambino’s older tracks end with funky, soulful snippets that contrast with his style of witty, cleanly delivered hip hop. I have always wanted to see these small windows of soul gain their own platform, and now they finally have, with Awaken, My Love!.
After Avenged Sevenfold released their somewhat hollow sixth album, 2013′s Hail to the King where the band paid homage to their inspirations to the point of imitation, no one knew what the future could possibly hold for the band.
Young Blood is the debut EP from Northern Territory native Yirrmal. Since moving to Geelong in 2011, he’s been performing, recording and gaining a buzz around his name; meaning the debut was always going to be full of quality tracks. Young Blood features five tracks; an acoustic sound with hints of folk and rock, as well as influences from his Indigenous background.
Metallica’s tenth studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is as modern as the 33 or so year old band could probably create. Thankfully, it lacks the gimmicks of its two predecessors St Anger and Death Magnetic.
There is so much to love about the album Reclaim Australia, first up it actually has something to say, it’s a return to a more West Coast-influenced sound of rapping, it features the likes of Archie Roach and it’s just on the money.
With this release, it marks Freya Josephine Hollick’s return following her 2014 release Beauty and Sorrow. Inspired in part by early blues songs, it’s dark folk at its finest that brings in an old world charm missed out with many musicians these days.