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Love, Rosie

Love, Rosie follows two best friends who grew up together. The story is simple - they've always been in love but never seem to get the timing right. One thing that sets this film apart from its contemporaries is its portrayal of the lovers' obstacles; it is not overdramatised nor dwelt on. Although by the […]

Crooked Colours

Crooked Colours are another trio of lads from Perth – the city that again and again proves itself as a melting pot of talent. The indie-dance band have wrapped up a national tour supporting RÜFÜS and are now ready to prove that they can hold their own. Lead vocalist, Phil Slabber says that the reception […]

Zaba – Glass Animals

The debut from Oxford quartet, Glass Animals, is a sultry mix of down-tempo electronica that’s beautifully ambient, yet mindfully calculated. Zaba, inspired by scenes from The African Queen and Heart Of Darkness, paints landscapes of worlds where humans and nature have clashed. Pools is a subtropical delight featuring warm vocals and rhapsodic percussion. It stands out from the rest […]

DMA’s

Early this year, a black and white monochrome music video surfaced and did its rounds on the internet. The fuzzy aesthetics evoked the nostalgia of a time when Brit-pop was at its peak, and music critics compared the sound to Oasis. Channel V has called them “the next big thing” and the band have signed […]

Wet – Wet

Brooklyn trio, Wet, showcase their distinctive brand of down-tempo indie-pop in their cheekily titled single Dreams on their self-titled EP. Kelly Zutrau provides the dreamy vocals against a backdrop of minimal beats and the tune flourishes as the strings and guitars build a fuller sound in the chorus. It is warm and understated. Don’t Wanna Be […]

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady’s latest effort is brimming with relentless angst and energy. Spinners is a track that features pummelling drums and full-bodied layers of guitars accompanying rugged vocals. Melodically, it’s the most interesting track from Teeth Dreams. The Ambassador offers a change of pace, where the drums take a backseat and the minimalistic acoustics shine. […]

New Empire – In A Breath

In a Breath is Sydney quartet New Empire’s latest pop-rock offering. The band’s sophomore album is filled with soaring melodies and big, lush sounds. The title track opens with tinkling keys and gorgeous vocals. Vocalist Jeremy Fowler has been blessed with one of those voices that are inarguably pleasant in most situations and will get […]

Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is

The latest offering from American rock band Taking Back Sunday is titled Happiness Is. Though the emotions that span the album are not limited to happiness. Opening track, Preface, is a sparing, orchestral track interrupted by anxious, staccato strings. Beat Up Car is a tune that sounds like it was written years ago; it seems […]

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers have been on the rise since their debut album, Caress Your Soul was released early last year. Scoring a neat number 70 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and announcing a national headline tour, the Sydney five-piece are moving from strength to strength. Testifying this point is Paddy Cornwall, who says the band members […]

BRETON – WAR ROOM STORIES

War Room Stories is the latest offering from South-London five-piece Breton. Recorded in Berlin, the album is nothing less than you’d expect from the delightful combo of five strapping English lads and the cultural capital of Europe – it’s energetic, fresh and experimental. Opening track Envy is poppy and immediately catchy, whereas S Four is […]