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CD Reviews

Grafton Primary – Eon

  Eon - Grafton Primary By Chris Peken Pop has eaten itself, regurgitated its meal, and someone is consuming the same meal again. "There's no future, there's no yesterday / The moment that you hear this / Is all there is, is all there is" - if that refrain from Grafton Primary's All There Is doesn't […]

Monkey – Journey to the West

Journey to the West - Monkey by Aidan Roberts Well, Damon Albarn seems to have found his subject - monkeys. At first I registered confusion about this project - had Albarn seemingly ditched the rest of the Gorillaz to pursue his solo Monkey career' No, this is a very unique thing - Albarn has composed […]

Khancoban – Limbs May Fall

Limbs May Fall - Khancoban by Aidan Roberts This is the debut full-length record for Khancoban, another of Melbourne label Half A Cow's friendly family of quietly creative musicians. This collection of songs written by frontman Andre Hooke softly works its way under your skin with the band's wintery, pastelline guitar textures and Pete Cohen's […]

The Drones – Havilah

Havilah - The Drones By Chris Peken The Drones are one of Australia's truly important bands, strutting the world stage with confidence and a sense of belonging. For the uninitiated The Drones are the latest descendants of an Australian blues trash tradition: imagine if J Mascus joined The Bad Seeds, or Neil Young and Keith Richards duelled […]

The Moffs – The Collection

The Collection - The Moffs By Chris Peken "I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine" said Lou Reed. As pop music ages well into its sixties, looking back with rose-coloured lenses become more and more popular. Having spent enough nights glued to the Trade Union Club floor watching The Moffs and so many more of […]

Asa – Asa

Asa - Asa By Chris Peken Asa has a wonderful back story. Born in Paris, she returned to native Nigeria at the age of two, with her parents. Often she did much of the raising of her three brothers, immersing herself in song while doing the household chores. Leaving home for boarding school at 12 […]

Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins

The Stand-Ins - Okkervil River By Aidan Roberts Cheekily titled to carry on the theme of their 2007 indie chart-killer record The Stage Names, The Stand-Ins is a show-case of apparent left-overs from those recording sessions. We're not presented with anything out of the ordinary for Okkervil River, in fact a lot of the sounds […]

Matmos – Supreme Balloon

Supreme Balloon - Matmos By Aidan Roberts If you can imagine a giant musical robot made entirely of vintage Korg and Yamaha synthesizers, vomiting patch-leads onto a technicoloured digital mixing console, then perhaps that circumstance may sound a little like this record. Matmos recorded this album entirely with synthesizers and sequencers, specifically avoiding the use […]

Stereolab – Chemical Chords

Chemical Chords - Stereolab By Chris Peken It has been four long years since Stereolab's last album, six years since the death of backing singer Mary Hansen, and 18 years since they appeared on the music scene. While they have always been a distinctive mix of Kraut-rock, 60's girl-pop and hypnotic electronica, the band seems […]

Orchestra Baobab – Made in Dakar

Made in Dakar - Orchestra Baobab By Chris Peken Orchestra Baobab are Africa's answer to the Buena Vista Social Club but oh so much more. Having begun in Senegal in the 1970's and then disbanded in 1985, Orchestra Baobab reunited in 2002 following the release of their first two albums. Now, some five years on the […]