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PETE CORNELIUS – GROUNDSWELL

Ever felt like you drink too much, are treated too hard by your ex and are unlucky in love? Sometimes you just have to start singing the blues. Groundswell is a slick album, very easy to listen to with some classic lyrics about how hard life can be, yet it doesn’t come across as self-sympathetic. […]

CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD

Psychoanalytics takes centre stage in this quest into the workings of loneliness and isolation. It would have been all too easy to treat this theme as a phenomenon of the information age, but this play is contemporary in its treatment of social issues while giving notable mention to the history of the hermit. The cast […]

THE BASICS – INGREDIENTS

This compilation tracks the progression of a hard-working Australian band that never received the recognition it deserved. The march through time reveals sunny tunes, raw tracks that evoke the Motown days, ska, deep rock ballads and heart-warming country-folk and disco.There is even one track that mixes Latin rhythms with the Columbian flute and puts them […]

AARON MICHAEL – AARON MICHAEL

For jazz fans and those wanting to live a little comes Aaron Michael, who writes music like a sunny Miles Davis. His songs eloquently move between pleasing melodies and staccato solo breaks and are joyously constructed. Michael's tunes don’t stop changing, they are never predictable but they will always move the listener. Michael is accompanied […]

JULIA HOLTER – LOUD CITY SONG

A little bit of chill, a little bit of love, a little bit of chaos. Julia Holter has a little bit of everything. She has put together a Bjork-sounding album with her angelic voice and imaginative flare. Loud City Song is a delicate production that moves through the surreal to moments of lingering beauty, with […]

BEARS WITH GUNS – ONLY THE QUICK AND THE HUNGRY

Is this album folk fusion? It has Afro beats, Spanish guitar playing, pop style and strong songwriting. It is folk at its best, drawing on elements of traditional music from all over the world, and putting them into a pop album. Unfortunately that means it has all the predictability of pop music too. The production […]

Word travels fast

Wordsmiths, adventurers and lovers of mystery are in for a treat this October as the inaugural Word Travels Festival hits town. Created from the Australian Poetry Slam, the festival will play host to the annual spoken-word competition and many more hip events. Festival coordinator and spoken word poet, Miles Merrill, explains what a poetry slam […]

LOVE OVER GOLD – FALL TO RISE

This is an album for lovers. It combines two angelic voices that harmonise beautifully and an electric guitar. That’s it. Those with short attention spans will struggle. The stripped-back nature means that there is a lack of variety. However, there is a mellow smoothness that runs throughout and makes listeners just want to kick back, […]

Singled Out

Being single in Sydney is great. There are more small-bars and restaurants than ever. It’s a fast-paced and beautiful city with plenty of culture to be enjoyed. People are more progressive and liberated. The benefits of living in a modern society means there is more freedom to find new ways of living your life than […]

OCEAN PARTY – SPLIT

Surfer Rock has never been done a greater disservice. Split takes a surfer sounding guitar and mixes it with a bedroom records style. The result will make eyeballs drop out of heads with boredom. The lyrics are uninspired and run along the unvarying theme of being a spoilt hipster with a drug habit. Likewise there […]