ALBUM REVIEW: Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt

Music is about mood and the way it sonically hits the ears, heart and mind just as much as it’s about the stories and ideas conveyed by the lyrics. The appeal of Chastity Belt’s new self-titled album lies in both elements but it’s the overall sound and the warm dreaminess that billows out of the speakers that provides the strongest appeal and connection point. All … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt

ALBUM REVIEW: Aldous Harding – Designer

Aldous Harding Designer 4Ad / Remote Control Aldous Harding’s artistic trajectory continues to billow skyward on her third album, the second produced by John Parish for the 4AD label. Long gone is the stark and fragile folk of her debut, though it still lurks under the surface of what is now lush and detailed avant chanteuse pop music. The quirkiness of Harding’s vocal delivery has … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Aldous Harding – Designer

ALBUM REVIEW: Big Thief – U.F.O.F

Big Thief U.F.O.F. 4AD What started with a debut album in 2016, that introduced a fragile and poetic songwriter and her band, has blossomed into a fascinating and quickly evolving career for Adrienne Lenker and the rest of Big Thief. They’ve been touring relentlessly, Lenker even having time to record a well received solo record last year. From Masterpiece to Capacity and now U.F.O.F, the … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Big Thief – U.F.O.F

ALBUM REVIEW: Lambchop – This (is what I wanted to tell you)

Lambchop This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You) Merge Records The band Lambchop is a very different beast these days, compared to a decade ago when they numbered up to 12 members with more of a conventional country soul sound. Now Lambchop is essentially Kurt Wagner with a small coterie of collaborators – a much more intimate proposition yet still possessing the gorgeous and … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Lambchop – This (is what I wanted to tell you)

ALBUM REVIEW: Beastwars – IV

Beastwars IV Destroy Records Sometimes it takes monumental life events to galvanise a band, or any creative endeavour for that matter. In the case of New Zealand band Beastwars it was the diagnosis singer Matt Hyde received, confirming Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In the weeks following his chemotherapy treatment the band hit the studio and recorded their fourth album – a blistering, pummelling, cathartic battle cry of … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Beastwars – IV

ALBUM REVIEW: Amyl & The Sniffers – Amyl & The Sniffers

Amyl & The Sniffers Amyl & The Sniffers Flightless Records Roaring out of the gates like an amalgam of Motorhead, AC/DC and The Datsuns, Amyl & The Sniffers know the power of simplicity, attitude and abandon on their debut self-titled album. It’s a lean 11 songs that capture the spirit and verve of their live shows surprisingly well due to an avoidance of unnecessary studio … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Amyl & The Sniffers – Amyl & The Sniffers

ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Morby – Oh My God

Apparently Kevin Morby went into the studio and recorded this album two years ago, before he released his last record, City Music. It sounds quite different to that album, different to his breakthrough album Singing Saw as well. What came out of those studio sessions is a concept album of sorts, one that is tied into the theme of religion, by someone who states that … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Morby – Oh My God

ALBUM REVIEW: The Beasts – Still Here

The Beasts Still Here Bang! Records / Rocket A new album from the remaining members of the Beasts of Bourbon (under the name The Beasts) is a bittersweet thing in light of the passing of bassist Brian Hooper and more recently Spencer P. Jones. The name of the band and the album are self explanatory and though there’s enough to justify the band coming together … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Beasts – Still Here

ALBUM REVIEW: Cass McCombs – Tip Of The Sphere

Cass McCombs Tip Of The Sphere Anti- / Cooking Vinyl Australia For a number of years, across seven albums, Cass McCombs flew under the radar for the most part. He was recognised for his work but it wasn’t until the critical acclaim and success of Mangy Love in 2016 that he went overground and found himself the talk of the indie world. That album was … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Cass McCombs – Tip Of The Sphere

ALBUM REVIEW: Deep Sea Arcade – Blacklight

It’s been six years since Nic McKenzie and Nick Weaver released their debut album Outlands. On the back of a run of singles they’d built a strong sense of anticipation about that first record and it certainly lived up to expectations. Fast forward to 2018 and how does a band evolve and change over that time? The DSA model is to essentially stick to the … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Deep Sea Arcade – Blacklight

ALBUM REVIEW: The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking

They were young when they formed, young when they recorded their first album and they’re still only just sloping out of their teens as they release their sophomore album. At its strongest, We’re Not Talking still reaches the same impossibly catchy jangle-pop heights that they impressed with on their debut, but across its 30 minutes some minor risk-taking doesn’t quite pay off.  Their trademark innocence … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking

ALBUM REVIEW: Adrianne Lenker – abysskiss

Known predominantly as the singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker is one of those artists who writes constantly, documenting daily life and existential thoughts as she travels the world with her band. abysskiss is her second solo album and it finds her expanding the raw folk of her debut into a freer and more subtly textured set of songs. Acoustic … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Adrianne Lenker – abysskiss