NEW MUSIC: The Goon Sax return with new single and album announcement

Brisbane trio The Goon Sax are back with the first single/video from their forthcoming new LP Mirror II, due out on July 9th on Chapter Music (Aus/NZ) and Matador Records (rest of world). The first single, ‘In The Stone’, shows the band changing gears from their quirky bedroom guitar pop and exploring no wave, avant pop and post-punk sounds. There’s still that unique homespun feel … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Goon Sax return with new single and album announcement

ALBUM REVIEW: Beaches – Second Of Spring

Beaches go into overdrive on their new seventeen track album. It’s their magnum opus of sorts, taking everything they’ve explored on the first two albums and synthesising it into one kaleidoscopic take on all things psychedelic. The album opens with two relentlessly churning tracks that set the stage for what is to follow. It signals their intent to push further out into the sonic aether, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Beaches – Second Of Spring

NEW MUSIC: The Goon Sax – Up To Anything

Brisbane trio The Goon Sax are about to release their debut LP via Chapter Music in a couple of weeks. Here’s the title track Up To Anything, a song that hits the right spots for us – a bass line reminiscent of The Bats,  the delightfully doleful vocal style of Louis Forster and brisk, economical and snappy drums. It’s a melancholic pop song par excellence. The band … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Goon Sax – Up To Anything

NEW MUSIC: Geoffrey O’Connor | Her Name On Every Tongue

Geoffrey O’Connor has a new single out via Chapter Music and continues his immersion into 80s dream pop stylings reminiscent of Chris Rea, and the more synth leaning Double. ‘Her Name On Every Tongue’ is the first taste of O’Connor’s new album Fan Fiction which will be out on August 8th.   Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Geoffrey O’Connor | Her Name On Every Tongue

ALBUM REVIEW: The Ancients | Night Bus

The third album from Melbourne’s The Ancients is a record that hurtles, ambles and breezes by with equal amounts of intricate musicality and simple skewed-pop broad strokes. There is a wistful 60s folk tinge to songs like House of Cards, the lighter contrast to their more layered and dense psych excursions such as the shoegaze haze of Hamster and the epic Molokai that manages to … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Ancients | Night Bus

NEW MUSIC: Geoffrey O’Connor | Jacqueline

I first saw Geoffrey O’Connor in a garish woollen jumper playing with Crayon Fields at the Hopetoun Hotel. They impressed with their twee indie guitar pop, it was knowingly constructed, literate music, the sum of its parts. Fast forward to the 2012 Laneway Festival and the pasty bespectacled man in front of me was the same guy sans woolly jersey. Now O’Connor was ostensibly solo, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Geoffrey O’Connor | Jacqueline

NEW MUSIC: Beaches | Send Them Away

Melbourne quartet Beaches return with their second album She Beats, out May 3rd on the ever excellent Chapter Music label. Their debut was a brilliant mix of bittersweet psychedelic rock woth shades of krautrock and jangly guitar pop. They’ve refined that mix even further on their new single Send Them Away which sounds very reminiscent of New Zealand’s The Bats. I’m really looking forward to … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Beaches | Send Them Away

ALBUM REVIEW: Dick Diver | New Start Again

written by Chris Familton It is somewhat unavoidable when it comes to making comparisons between the new Dick Diver and Twerps albums as both have been released at the same time on Melbourne’s Chapter Music and both share a style that strongly echoes the music being made in New Zealand and particularly Dunedin in the 1980s. Variously the ghost of The Bats, The Clean, The … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Dick Diver | New Start Again