Category: Music Reviews

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One for a sunday morning – Good Morning: Glory

Sunday mornings are special; an end of the week sanctuary from the responsibility and inconvenience of unmerciful weekdays. In this time bubble, you are not woken by an alarm but by the warm sun sneaking around the curtains. Amidst the post-night-out grogginess, tobacco scented fingertips and sting for coffee is a sense of lazy opportunity. Melbourne based lo-fi, pop-rock duo Good Morning offer the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday morning with their mellow EP -Glory-.  Read more …

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Review: Reign of Kindo, Hold Out

When a song has the ability to transport you to a different place, or when it can give you a certain feeling; you know that it’s a ripper of a tune.

 

This is exactly what Reign of Kindo’s “Hold Out” from their 2008 album “Rhythm, Chord & Melody” achieves in its opening sequence, with its minimalistic styling and contrasting sounds. Their music is from the Jazz fusion genre, with emphasis on the rock aspects. Read more …

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First Impressions

From childhood, the importance of ‘never (judging) a book by its cover’ is stressed… and for good reason. If not for this principle it’d be so easy to overlook the nuance and depth hidden beneath the surface of a person, a place or a thing.

This idea is intrinsic to the concept of reviewing… even as a newcomer to the world of music reviews I can understand that. It is our duty to uncover, analyse and subsequently communicate these intricacies, so as to give the reader the most wholesome and thorough insight into the music as possible. Read more …

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The Lumineers: Cleopatra is gold

Four years after hitting the charts with campfire tune, Ho Hey, the Lumineers return with a 14-track album, which is equally as folksy but a tad “heavier” than their debut self-titled album.

 

Cleopatra has been an anticipated album for fans (like me) in the alternative community. The three-piece group has delivered fans with stories of love, loneliness, and redemption, which did not disappoint. The character-driven tunes about Ophelia, the new girl in town, and Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen of the title, produce a thoughtful and emotional record.

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Protest the Hero -Pacific Myth-

Protest the Hero have always been an innovative band with a passionate fan base. In 2013, the group released the critically acclaimed Volition. The true success of -Volition- however was not in sales or critical acclaim but in its innovative funding. The entire album was funded via Indiegogo. It was a massive success for the band and demonstrated how powerful a passionate fan base really is. Fast forward to 2015 and Protest are again innovating. The concept is an EP, titled –Pacific Myth-, released track by track, as the songs are recorded, via a subscription service. This concept was widely criticized and was certainly not as overwhelmingly popular, as the Indiegogo campaign for -Volition-. As it stands only around 8000 people have bought in. Despite this, I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this service which include: high quality artwork, instrumental versions of each song and access to exclusive merchandise. Read more …

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Northlane, In Hearts Wake release joint ‘Equinox’ EP

Two of Australia’s biggest metalcore bands have teamed up for a joint EP in ‘Equinox’. Northlane and In Hearts wake unveiled the secret project ahead of their upcoming national co-headlining tour of the same name in June.

Announced at 8:30 this morning through the bands’ record label UNFD, the 3-track EP is a wholly collaborative effort, featuring all 10 members of the two bands. The bands’ said in their statement via UNFD today “This is a three track collaboration between Northlane and In Hearts Wake, which was written and recorded in January by Will Putney in Melbourne. All three tracks are designed to be played as one song, and they each feature both bands”

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The artwork, conceptualised by the two bands, depicts balance and unity.

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P!NK Bursts Through the Looking Glass with “Just Like Fire”

Alecia Moore (more popularly known as P!NK) is one of those few artists to whom I have an unwavering sense of loyalty. Having followed her career religiously for as long as I can remember, I feel fairly confident in saying that Pink may be one of the most talented and diverse performers of our generation. From her humble origins as one third of the R&B Girl Group ‘Choice’, all the way through to her various Pop-Rock and Contemporary R&B albums including “I’m Not Dead” and “Funhouse”, to 2012’s incredibly diverse and popular “The Truth About Love” and finally 2014’s folk music collaboration as part of “You+Me”; her career has charted across a number of music genres, earning high praise at almost every turn. This week, 4 years after the release of her last solo album, Pink has released a brand new original song written especially for Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, hitting theatres around the world in the coming months and, as the title suggests, it’s “Just Like Fire”.

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Double EP Review: Great Good Fine OK

Great Good Fine OK are one of the many bands out of America on the synth-pop scene and have released only two EPs; Body Diamond and 2M2H in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

 

The band consists of two dudes, Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman, and they debuted in 2013 with their hit “You’re The One For Me”. With smooth synth work and some seriously unique vibes, their songs carry the same level of polish alongside big name artists of the genre like Bastille and Lorde. Read more …

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Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

Yeasayer have had an interesting sonic trajectory since forming ten years ago. From the folk and world influences of 2007’s All Hour Cymbals to the bizarre but often catchy approximations of pop on Odd Blood to the brooding and electronic Fragrant World, the New York natives have refused to sit still and take root. However, as moving targets their albums haven’t always lined up with expectations, with mixed reviews following their early success. But with their fourth album, the worryingly titled Amen & Goodbye, Yeasayer have found the common denominator that runs throughout their sound and brought it to the forefront. Read more …