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White Arrows – In Bardo


Their second or as second albums are often known as, their sophomore release, White Arrows may find themselves described as variously Psych-Pop, Tropical Pop or any other phrase that bands are labelled as, but they've created an album that deftly slides without difficulty into any of those categories and pushes the techno style they give us one or … [Read more...]

Various Artists – 5 Years Of Bedroom Suck Records

Various Artists - 5 Years of Bedroom Suck Records

The Australian music scene has been in remarkably rude health of late with the likes of Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett moving from the country’s musical margins to the heart of the globalised indie world.  Beavering a little more in the background of this new wave of creative fecundity - though certainly not flagging behind - is the … [Read more...]

Western Education – Let Your Secrets Out

Western Education - Let Your Secrets Out

Earlier this year, Western Education released their debut album Let Your Secrets Out. The quartet, which was formed by lead singer Greg Alexandropoulos at UMass, describe their band as “A modern indie-dance blend of The Killers, Interpol and Muse”.  It's about time to check out this Lowell based band. Both album opener "Peace" and closing songs … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy - Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey (of The Church) and Martin Kennedy (of All India Radio) have teamed up again, producing a 2nd batch of warm and enjoyable commissioned songs, each crafted to the thematic specifications of the client.  The lyrics and tone of most of the tunes emphasize the joy and fulfillment of familial bonds and human connection.  Relationships of … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#42 (Oliver Cherer on Festival Session)

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra’s - Festival Session (Oliver Cherer's original family copy)

Oliver Cherer on… Duke Ellington And His Orchestra’s Festival Session (Columbia/Philips, 1959) I grew up with music in the house.  My mum played Beethoven and Mozart on an upright piano and my dad listened to Stravinsky records and BBC Radio 3, but in amongst his collection of Deutsche Gramaphon classics, were two or three jazz albums, … [Read more...]

Damir Outloud- Graduation Day

Damir Outloud - Graduation Day

I have been remiss; I’ve been keeping Damir Outloud's Graduation Day, released on GEMA Unit Records, mostly to myself for the last several months, listening to it in-house which is completely unjust. Well, that's not completely true either.  I play it in the car and my young son in the backseat, also listening, shakes an egg filled with tiny beads … [Read more...]

The See See – Once, Forever And Again

The See See - Once, Forever And Again

Having been treated to such a gratifying and career-boosting ‘story so far’ celebration with Sundazed’s highly-recommended singles-led Days, Nights & Late Morning Lights anthology earlier in this year, The See See’s third proper studio album comes loaded and primed with a sturdier sense of collective confidence as well as signs of greater … [Read more...]

Gem Club – In Roses


Somerville, Massachusetts is home to the ivory polishing trio, Gem Club. Singer/songwriter and founder, Christopher Barnes angelically ushers listeners in with whole body swells, mystical cavern-esque vocals, and echoey instrumentation sure to allow for some hefty introspection or at least a soothing ambience on a backcountry drive. Formed at the … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#41 (Mark Fry on Electric Ladyland)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

Mark Fry on… The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland (Track Record/Reprise, 1968) “I tried to use the board, the console, and what I had at my disposal, as a palette. Much as an artist would pick the colours, I would pick the colours of sound,” said producer Eddie Kramer about his longstanding collaboration with Jimi … [Read more...]

Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever

Bastard Sapling - Instinct is Forever

Bastard Sapling, who sprouted by way of Richmond, VA, play a brand of dirty, gritty black metal.  Their sophomore release Instinct is Forever on Gilead Media/Forcefield records could prove to be quite a spectacle from the attention it has already garnered. From the moment you smash that play button you are proffered a heaping plate of … [Read more...]