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John Flanagan Trio – Honest Man

Honest Man is an honest album. Warm tones and easy-going rhythms greet the ears of the listener like a smile and invite them into the surrounding vibe like a hug. Tendrils of conversation tickle the eardrums and encourage the listener to pay attention to the story as it unfolds, creating images of a summer evening, […]

Pulled Apart By Horses – The Haze

“There’s still life in the old dog yet” - This quote from Moonbather really sums up the new record from the group out of Leeds. After taking some time away from the spotlight to work on this record Pulled Apart By Horses have created a record which is full of high-energy, yell-a-long tracks which suck […]

My Echo – Brothers

If you like old school Aussie pub rock, then you’ll like My Echo. The four piece Melbourne band has garnered a following in the last couple of years and has just released their debut album Brothers. The collection of songs represent the issues and sentiments of suburban, working class boys, ranging in vibe from punk/indie […]

Penguin Prison – Lost in New York

Penguin Prison offers up a smorgasbord of pop. Vocally there are some snatches of Julian Casablancas, and a few squeaky clean boy band moments in there too. This 11 track LP is an electro pop dedication to the flurry of life in New York City. Previously known mostly for his remixes, it marks a change […]

Hermitude – Dark Night Sweet Light

Precise yet unrestrained is the biggest compliment I can give the Sydney duo’s fifth studio album. With this release the pair have created a unique concoction of hip-hop, electronic soul and big bass heavy tunes that will be a beacon for the emerging Australian future beats sound to follow. The album has a roundedness to […]

Darren Hanlon – Where did you come from?

Pressing play on Darren Hanlon's newest album, listeners will be greeted by simple, descriptive words in his unaffected voice along with the constant presence of a musical metronome. Poetic and clear, the lyrics build images for the listener, like a glimpse of an old photo album with nostalgia and long gone memories written all over […]

Sheppard – Bombs Away

Sheppard’s debut album Bombs Away is very uplifting. Its range of emotions is imbued with hope and possibility, especially Smile, which has particular warmth radiating from it. Tracks such as Find Someone, with a touch of angst, and Lingering, with a sense of hope despite pain, combine guitar or tambourine and piano with skillful songwriting […]

The Dirty Earth – Autonomic

The Dirty Earth’s album Autonomic is a little rough around the edges. The electricity coming from the guitar half mixes and half challenges the grainy quality in front woman Mandy Newton’s voice. There is darkness in this music, there is angst and there is energy but there is also a fight going on between guitar […]

Die! Die! Die! – S W I M

S W I M (an internet acronym for Someone Who Isn’t Me) is a post-punk album that is both unrelenting and unforgiving in its nature with heavy baselines, jarring guitars and frantic drumming. This is combined with interesting uses of noise, such as feedback, to create a sweaty basement mosh-pit atmosphere whilst somehow maintaining attractive catchy melodies throughout. Out […]

5 Seconds of Summer – 5 Seconds of Summer

It’s easy to deride music by the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer. Why? Because it’s shit. Derivative, boring, unexceptional and totally by numbers, this is the musical equivalent of a Big Mac or a coffee from Starbucks. You know exactly what you’re gonna get and you know it’s going to be of low quality. […]