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Parralox feat. Francine – Crying on the Dancefloor

A musical project created by Melburnian John von Ahlen, Parralox has forged a name for incredibly melodic, flawlessly produced pop/dance and their latest offering, Crying on the Dancefloor, is no exception. Officially a single from their next album, which is due to drop in November, this release features seven tracks – four mixes of Crying […]

Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Blind Bet

Funk, jazz, soul, country, a bit of hillbilly... Cookin’ on 3 Burners has always been one of those bands that eschews categorisation. And so it is with their sixth LP, Blind Bet. There’s a sense that the band have reached their highest point yet with this release, which is packed with organ and guitar-driven jams […]

Robin Thicke – Paula

It’s easy to put down Robin Thicke for his misogynistic lyrics, his cringeworthy attempts to win back his wife, and his sleazy vibe – so let’s not. Let’s focus on the songs here instead. Get Her Back boasts strong, plaintive vocals; You’re My Fantasy is a listenable slice of R&B meets Latin pop; Forever Love […]

Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

At this stage of their career, almost 30 years in, the Manics could be forgiven for resting on their laurels, producing another take on their classic sound – if not actually succumbing to the twilight world of greatest hits albums and reunion tours. Instead, they’ve reinvented themselves. While it retains their DNA, Futurology is a […]

David Campbell – David Campbell Sings John Bucchino

Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go. This is an album with strong suits in simplicity, schmaltz and sentiment. If this is anathema to you, stop reading now. If, however, you appreciate the art of a well-constructed tune, David Campbell Sings John Bucchino might well be for you. A paean to Broadway, this is […]

The Acid – Liminal

The debut album from transcontinental threesome The Acid (Australian artist Ry X, British DJ Adam Freeland, and US producer Steve Nalepa) is, like its title suggests, a boundary-breaking song cycle with a transient, ambiguous feel. Equal parts low-fi indie and cutting edge electronica, this ethereal album is both stirring and chilled. The soundscape is instantly […]

Sleepmakeswaves – Love of Cartography

Most people assume that a band needs a lead singer – Sydney band Sleepmakeswaves puts paid to that idea pretty quickly on Love of Cartography, where the songs convey feelings, emotions and even ideas perfectly well without the human voice. Instead, the songs (perhaps best described as ‘melodic crescendos’) take listeners on a journey with […]

Broadwing – Pinhole Camera

This five-track EP by Alice Springs act, Broadwing, inhabits a melancholy, somewhat dark space that recalls the likes of Chet Faker, Grizzly Bear and Radiohead. It’s an impressive collection of songs, especially considering Broadwing is actually just one man – Ben Allen. Pinhole Camera bears the hallmarks of tight songwriting, which reaches its apogee on […]

Willie Nelson – Band of Brothers

Nelson’s first full album of predominantly new material since 1996 sees the country music singer-songwriter in fine form, displaying top-notch melodies and instrumentation, and unique vocals that have only become more characterful with age. Highlights here include the confessional The Wall – replete with slide guiatrs and a ‘rear view mirror’ narrative, the rollicking honky […]