NEW MUSIC: Sarah Belkner – With You (video)

Sarah Belkner has completed her transition from her previous incarnation as Miss Little. Now recording under her own name the New Zealander (based in Sydney for the last 7 years) has released the clip for the first single ‘With You’ from her forthcoming album – the recipient of an Australian Council Of The Arts New Work Grant and Pozible crowd funding. The song is a wonderfully poised … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Sarah Belkner – With You (video)

ALBUM REVIEW: Jep and Dep – Word Got Out

Writing and recording widescreen and cinematic music, where mood and atmosphere is paramount, and conveying it with minimal instrumentation shows both great restraint and ambition. That is exactly the musical world that Jessica Cassar and Darren Cross (Gerling) have created on their debut album Word Got Out. The cover image of the pair stepping out of darkness and into an unknown light sums up the … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Jep and Dep – Word Got Out

ALBUM REVIEW: J Mascis – Tied To A Star

If you exclude his solo live album and those with The Fog it took until 2011 for Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis to release his debut solo album (Several Shades of Why) so it’s a pleasant surprise that the followup is already upon us. He follows a similar template with Tied to a Star, eschewing drums for the most part and using a more organic sonic … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: J Mascis – Tied To A Star

LIVE REVIEW: Sunnyboys @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (08/10/14)

Sunnyboys have been on a musical and emotional roller coaster over the last few years since they reformed for the Dig It Up Festival in 2012, the film on Jeremy Oxley and subsequent touring. Now they’ve scaled it back, eschewing extra musicians and venues like the Opera House for a show that focused firmly on the music. Carrie Phillis & The Downtown Three warmed up … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Sunnyboys @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (08/10/14)

NEWS: Tindersticks release new museum soundtrack Ypres

In late 2011 tindersticks were commissioned by the In Flanders Fields World War One museum in Ypres, Belgium to provide the soundscape for the new permanent exhibition being planned to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and beyond. Ypres was the epicenter of the Western Front in The Great War and was virtually destroyed by the conflict. It has since been rebuilt to its … Continue reading NEWS: Tindersticks release new museum soundtrack Ypres

ALBUM REVIEW: The Datsuns – Deep Sleep

The Datsuns first hit the hard rock scene like like a lit firecracker back in 2002 and now on their sixth time around they’ve released one of their strongest albums. Deep Sleep takes in all the usual elements that make up the band’s DNA – glam, stoner and garage rock with some MC5 ramalama and an endless supply of riffs and yelps and big choruses … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Datsuns – Deep Sleep

ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Marr – Playland

Johnny Marr certainly hasn’t wasted time with his second solo album. When he toured Australia in January it was the end of touring for The Messenger (2013) and he was hoping to get back into the studio as quickly as possible. With Playland he’s made good on his word, continuing to mine big indie guitar sounds, anthemic vocals and now some electronic undercurrents, with mixed … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Marr – Playland

ALBUM REVIEW: Laura Jean – Laura Jean

On her fourth album Melbourne’s Laura Jean decamped to Bristol, UK to work with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey) and the pair have created a sparse, lilting world of bare-boned, yet emotionally ornate folk music. With her unassuming voice and songs about everyday struggles and successes this is the most direct Jean has been with her songwriting to date. The music and both her and … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Laura Jean – Laura Jean

ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther – Strange But Nice

Step-Panther’s debut self-titled album was a mixed bag that pegged them as a band still finding their feet and throwing paint to see what might stick. Three years on, they’ve evolved from a short attention span garage-rock band with too many ideas to a ‘90s alternative rock-flavoured trio with plenty of good ideas and the ability to shape and execute them. Frontman Stephen Bourke has … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Step-Panther – Strange But Nice