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WARREN FAHEY’S AUSTRALIAN BUSH ORCHESTRA

Warren Fahey is a multi-skilled purveyor of all things Australiana. He is an authur of such titles as Classic Bush Yarns, Eureka, and While The Billy Boils. He was a founding member of the bush folk band The Larrikins and established the Larrikin Records label. This album sounds exactly like what you'd hear at a primary […]

ALABAMA SHAKES – BOYS & GIRLS

Grunty old blues rock from a brand new band: your first thoughts on the sound will likely be that the Alabama Shakes have the same sort of zest as The White Stripes. The band's name isn't just a place name thrown in for the sake of it, they actually hail from Athens, Alabama, a part […]

JULIA HOLTER – EKSTASIS

Swirling sounds of multiple melodies and many effects and overdubs of the vocals and instruments - Julia Holter creates a world of sounds and ideas that upon the first half a dozen listens can be confusing and distracting. Sticking with it and training ones ear to find the path through to the key themes or […]

CARMELLA BAYNIE – RASA MANDALA

Rasa Mandala is a meeting of polar opposites in terms of style, sound, and influences. From the East and and from the earliest styles of music there are sounds of sitars and chanting. It definitely has an sub-contentiental base to it. From the West and from the most recent decades there are the sounds, structures […]

DANIEL CHAMPAGNE – REAL LIVE

Six tracks of live frenzied acoustic guitar playing, a voice and percussion on the sole guitar. In the main it is  difficult to follow. There is inconsistency of tempo and sound level, the near genius of Daniel Champagne's guitar playing is very easily missed. It is clear that he is a very accomplished guitarist, but perhaps his […]

MARK STEWART – THE POLITICS OF ENVY

Mark Stewart's (originally of The Pop Group) new release The Politics Of Envy is compelling. The sounds are so diverse. It could be that the listener can take what interests and engages their listening palette, or that the melding of styles could crown each of the elements at play. The sound is unique. The sounds […]

JOANNA MELAS – A NATURAL SELECTION

Joanna Melas has a strong and smooth voice, one that is both rare and beautiful. There are a few originals featured on this album, but the rest fit in more appropriatelly with the album title A Natural Selection. Its clear that Joanna Melas has spent a lifetime in and around music. She has actually respectfully […]

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – LATE NIGHT TALES VOLUME 2

Belle & Sebastian have released their 2nd volume of the Late Night Tales series, a series whereby the artists trawl through their music collection as one would late at night with a few friends and a bottle of red.  This collection brings together their many and varied tastes, and it may just need a discerning […]

LUCAS SANTTANA – SEM NOSTALGIA

A smorgasbord of styles and genres are melded by Lucas Santtana in this eclectic mix that is centred around Latin flavoured guitar music. There are a few tracks, including the opening Super Violao Mashup, that are sample-based and use the arrangement and pacing style of Electronica. That is, however, without losing the essence of that […]

STONEY JOE – BROWN BREAD AND RICE

Stoney Joe has a couple of tracks (one doubles as the album title) - Brown Bread and Rice and Beans n Corn - that sound more like a shopping list, but it's a really sophisticated and thoughtful recording. It's Country. Country and Western. Western Australia that is. One of the many highlight tracks is Goin' Down […]