Tag: Melbourne

Juanita Stein – ‘Until the Lights Fade’ (album review)

Juanita Stein – ‘Until the Lights Fade’ (album review)

A year ago, Juanita Stein released her debut solo album, America, which showcased a vastly different side from her days fronting the underappreciated indie-rock band Howling Bells. Instead of catchy and booming numbers, the record was complex and mystical, as Stein combined an ethereal vocal deliver with hard-hitting and occasionally unnerving stories. In addition, she brought an expected cinema and […]

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Hope Downs’ (album review)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Hope Downs’ (album review)

Five years into their career, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have slowly moved out from under the shadows of their more famous kin. Their first two EPs – The French Press and Talk Tight – helped the Melbourne quintet develop a reputation as a frenetic and lively indie-rock band. Their live performances put them on par with the likes of fellow […]

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First Impressions: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (album review)

First Impressions: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (album review)

When Courtney Barnett announced that her sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, was coming out this year, she stated the LP would be less meandering than her previous records. This comment raised a few alarm bells. Did this mean that the edgy, witty, and bold songwriting and rollicking indie-rock approach was temporarily (or even permanently) being set aside? […]

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SXSW 2018 Memories – Alice Ivy

SXSW 2018 Memories – Alice Ivy

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just three years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. These memories are from Alice Ivy. The Melbourne-based electronic producer released her debut album, ‘I’m Dreaming’, […]

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City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

Greatness has been long predicted for City Calm Down, following the release of their critically received second EP, Movements, in 2012. Their debut album, 2015’s In a Restless House, which was an extraordinary piece of brooding indie rock in The National mould, garnered the band acclaim in their native Australia, as the record peaked at 25 on the ARIA chart […]

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Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (album review)

Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (album review)

There are some albums that you buy or stream for its mindless, entertaining quality. Then there are those standout records which cause you to stop everything you’re doing and pay attention. LPs centered around powerful, provocative, and challenging songwriting while the music adds to each story’s message. These are the albums that leave a lasting mark years from now, which […]

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Marlon Williams – ‘Make Way For Love’ (album review)

Marlon Williams – ‘Make Way For Love’ (album review)

Make Way For Love by Marlon Williams On his superb eponymous debut album and the off-circuit single, “Vampire Again”, Marlon Williams displayed a playful and adventurous side. The LP, with its country-folk and roots-rock orientation, was a jaunt across the barren Outback of Australia and the deserts of the US. It was complex, riveting, and a unique and masterful piece of […]

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Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

The phrase, “put on your headphones”, is often associated with the energy and bass-heavy music found in hip hop, dance, electronic, pop, and occasionally rock music. It also applies to Alanna Eileen‘s music because only with your favorite buds on can you truly appreciate the delicate beauty expressed on her sophomore EP, Keepsake. The Melbourne-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter’s style is […]

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Slum Sociable – ‘Slum Sociable’ (album review)

Slum Sociable – ‘Slum Sociable’ (album review)

 Music can be therapeutic, not just for listeners but also for the artists. In the case of Slum Sociable, their self-titled, debut album represents more than two years of personal loss and struggle. For Edward Cregan Quinn, the LP was an outlet to deal with the loss of a close friend. The record, however, represents something different for Miller Upchurch […]

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

When I think of laid-back guitar rock, it’s hard to beat Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit. Unless you’re talking about Kurt Vile’s Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze. Luckily, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have joined forces on Lotta Sea Lice, their first record together. The result is an album loaded with wonderful, quirky […]

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Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey has a lot to say, and she’s wasting little time sharing her stories with us. Since breaking out in Australia as a Triple J Unearthed find with “Air Mail” in 2015 and the viral hit, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” in early 2016, the Melbourne-based artist has emerged as the country’s next big music sensation. Last year […]

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KNIGHTFALL – “Metro Station” ft Nana The Writer (single premiere)

KNIGHTFALL – “Metro Station” ft Nana The Writer (single premiere)

Electronic fans get out your cellphones – or if you’re old-school take out your pens and paper – and jot down the name KNIGHTFALL. Australian fans likely are familiar with Gerard Sidhu and Stephen Docker, who are the masterminds behind Australian synth-pop band Strange Talk and for six years crafted pop-heavy dance tracks perfect for workout playlists (“Cast Away” and […]

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Cut Copy’s meandering ‘Haiku from Zero’

Cut Copy’s meandering ‘Haiku from Zero’

Like many bands, the output from Australia’s Cut Copy has been brilliant at times, but other times inconsistent. Up until the release of Zonoscope in 2011, Cut Copy was gradually building their sound and specializing in a more modern dance electro-pop sound. They were becoming a well-known band, gradually moving up the totem of festival billings. However, with the current […]

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Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’ (album review)

Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’ (album review)

When a band is celebrating their 10th anniversary and releasing their first album in four years, they can be forgiven for sharing a 17-track, 76-minute marathon. Check that! More bands should follow the lead of Melbourne quintet Beaches and use the milestone to unveil their most ambitious and expansive output to date. This is exactly what Second of Spring is. […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

Murder Of The Universe by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Last year, Aussie psychedelic mind-benders King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gave us the endlessly looping, choose-your-own-adventure masterpiece, Nonagon Infinity. It was undoubtedly the most amusing and fun record of not just 2016 but this decade. Earlier this year, they challenged themselves with Flying Microtonal Banana, which featured short bursts of […]

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Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Creating something refreshing doesn’t necessary mean reinventing the wheel. It does include looking to the past for inspiration and reviving classical arrangements for today’s music listeners. More importantly, it’s about re-introducing people to the idea that simplicity can yield music that is inviting and dazzling. This is what Simon Okely – AKA Slow Dancer – has achieved with his sophomore album, […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Woodes

SXSW 2017 Memories – Woodes

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Elle Graham – a.k.a. Woodes. The […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Slow Dancer

SXSW 2017 Memories – Slow Dancer

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Slow Dancer. Based in Melbourne, Australia, […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

Entering their seventh year as a band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have already released eight full-lengths, including last year’s exhilarating Nonagon Infinity, and two EPs. This year, they are embarking on their most ambitious project – to share five albums before December 31st arrives. And none of the albums will sound alike. The first LP one out of the […]

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