Category: Reviews

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Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family’ Track Review

Alicia Keys has been an all-time favourite artist of mine since I was a young-un, and I’ve loved following her progress alongside my own musical endeavours. Her songs are heartfelt, raw and passionate, with this natural feel drawing both from her craftsmanship as a songwriter and a pianist. Hence, her latest release ‘Blended Family’ brought me great excitement, in anticipation for her new album being released November 4th!

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REVIEW: Gameshow by Two Door Cinema Club

The long-awaited sequel to Irish poppers Two Door Cinema Club’s 2012 smashing album Beacon, releases this Friday (14/10/2016). With 2010’s Tourist History obliterating people’s expectations for indie pop, and its follow-up, the aforementioned Beacon, solidifying the band’s consistent reputation for obliterations of the mould and listener’s assumptions, ensured the band’s restricted and small discography would be remembered as a placeholder for modern indie-pop and indie-disco.

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Review: Welcome to Night Vale

For four years now a surreal horror story has been broadcast over the tangled nodes of the internet. The podcast Welcome to Night Vale has appeared in half-monthly installments since June 2012, making it one of the longest running fictional podcasts around. The podcast is free, with the writers and crew earning a living by touring live shows, selling related merchandise, and soliciting donations. There is even a published book out.
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Track Review: Decemba (Remix) by $ilkmoney feat. André Benjamin

Given his feature verses as of late have been as brilliant as they are sparse, I admit my interest in this record was piqued by the featured André Benjamin (better known as André 3000 of Outkast). Recent murmurs of a new Outkast album coupled with the aforementioned rarity of his musical output have rendered any André guest verse the hottest clickbait in hip-hop.  But where most clickbait leaves you scrambling desperately to escape the browser tab, the song Decemba (Remix) had me engaged for its full 3 minute and 49 second duration. Read more …

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Tash Sultana Kicking Goals with Debut EP ‘Notion’

A Bourke Street Mall busker, Tash Sultana has truly taken the world by storm. She is currently on a massive Australian tour (after an eventful luggage mishandling incident that made global news), and is set to become a major name in Australian music. So for those of you who have not seen her fantastically engaging and charismatic sets in Bourke Street, I strongly suggest you check out her EP Notion.

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‘Neon City Pilot’ Soars with their Debut Album “Ghost Wings”

I don’t know what Australian musicians have been up to recently, but it seems every second artist is changing their stage name. Even the Melburnian jazz scene has gotten into the mix of this “evolution” la-di-da, with a fusion quintet that came to my attention earlier this year pulling a “Prince” manoeuvre, to change their name from ‘Pilot’ to the increasingly vibrant, but also confusing ‘Neon City Pilot’. But despite all the befuddlement that comes with changing a name, the group has just launched another incredible release, with their debut album Ghost Wings.

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“A Soldier’s Wife” by Pamela Hart – A Story of Love and War.

Pamela Hart is an award-winning author for both adults and children. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney, where she has also lectured in creative writing. Writing under the name Pamela Freeman, she wrote the historical novel The Black Dress, which won the NSW Premier’s History Prize for 2006 and is now in its third edition. Pamela is also well known for her fantasy novels for adults published by Orbit worldwide, the Castings Trilogy and her Aurealis Award-winning novel, Ember and Ash. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son, and teaches at the Australian Writers’ Centre. The Soldier’s Wife is her 30th book.

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SAFIA – Internal (Album Review)

SAFIA.

The name has been prominent in Australia’s independent electronic music scene for a while now, and from the moment they released their first single Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues in 2013, it has been well and truly evident that these guys are nothing like any other band out there. Characterised by strong beats, pulsing synths, catchy riffs and melodies, and vocalist Ben Woolner’s unique soul-tinged voice – at times powerful, at times light and husky, with a vocal range that jumps around between tenor to falsetto with seeming ease.

Despite having only released five singles prior to this year, three of these five have made Triple J Hottest 100 countdowns and the band has had no trouble selling out headline shows across the country and flooring crowds at music festivals such as Groovin’ the Moo.

It goes without saying then that the anticipation for an album has been around for a very, very long time; well before making one was even alluded to, yet alone actually announced. However, the excruciatingly long wait is finally over with today’s release of their long-awaited masterpiece: Internal. Read more …

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Felix Riebl – “Paper Doors” Review

I’ve been a Cat Empire fan since their hit ‘Hello’, and have loved their distinctive Australian take on ska and jazz. The Cat Empire have toured the world countless times, and their music is loved internationally for the band’s stupendous brass lines, keyboard finesse and thrifty use of vinyl scratching. Front-man Felix Riebl has been the mastermind behind the majority of the band’s success, with his charismatic performance style and intelligent song-writing.

 

But, following on from the band’s successful 2016 album Rising with the Sun, Felix has decided to go solo once more and release a second album. Paper Doors, released 2nd September 2016, may be short (totalling only 37 minutes), but certainly has a great variety of content. With guest artists including the likes of Emily Lubitz, Katy Steele and Martha Wainwright, it is certainly nice to hear a more intimate canvas for Felix to sing with.

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