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EP Review: Montgomery ‘New Clear War’

Gold Coast songstress Montgomery has just released her debut 6-track EP, New Clear War. The release is an addition to the many super exciting and career-leveraging things that has come out of 2014; a management deal with Unified (Vance Joy, Remi, Amity Affliction) after releasing just two (!!) demos on SoundCloud, and the signing with […]

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Album Review: Cold War Kids – ‘Hold My Home’

I never thought I would lament the loss of the old Cold War Kids, largely because the old Cold War Kids weren’t that great. Their first two albums, Robbers and Cowards and Loyalty to Loyalty, walked the fine line of almost worthwhile. Beautiful, considered, reverb-ridden riffs and well paced percussion were unfortunately obscured by Nathan […]

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Bear's Den - 'Islands'

Album Review: Bear’s Den – ‘Islands’

Putting pen to paper on the debut record by Bear’s Den comes naturally, as my introduction to them was during an amazing little festival in London. A band that replicates their sound perfectly live (and some more) they have delivered Islands, which is a fulfilling, multidimensional record resonating all things folk pop. The opening number has the distinct […]

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EP Review: Tora – ‘Eat The Sun’

Off the back of playing at Splendour In The Grass and announcing a headlining national tour, chillwave/electro 5-piece from Byron Bay, Tora, have just released their sophomore EP Eat The Sun. The seriously soothing and entrancing collection of tracks took 6 months in the making- and it’s so damn good! The entire production is intricately […]

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The DuBarrys

EP Review: The DuBarrys

In the wake of the debut single Undress Your Soul The DuBarrys have released their self-titled EP. And it is seriously good. It’s hard to beat their debut single Undress Your Soul. The easy, summery tune with all of its indie-pop undercurrents is an acoustic masterpiece. Delicate harmonies frame a pop undercurrent, and ensnare the […]

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Album Review: The Delta Riggs – ‘Dipz Zebazios’

In early 2012, I stumbled across a track called Money, which comprises the kind of unashamedly archetypal riff you think you must surely have heard before. The Delta Riggs, the Melbourne-based band behind the track, have been criticised for being a ‘generic’ rock band, but I don’t think that’s the case. In my opinion, it’s simply that […]

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Album review: Foxygen ‘…And Star Power’

Two discs of genre hopping, era jumping, busy-ass pop. Foxygen have done it again. We begin …And Star Power by travelling through a void of guitar noise, feedback and, if the next few tunes are anything to go by, time. ‘How Can You Really’ starts off the musical section – and starts it off in […]

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Album review: Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead!’

As his own record label says “Flying lotus has never been one to lead the people on a simple journey”. If this is your first discovery of Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison), it will be impossible to define him in terms of genre. The artist’s fifth album You’re Dead! certainly takes the people on a […]

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Album Review: Caribou ‘Our Love’

From a music fanatic’s perspective, the outputs of Canadian Dan Snaith (aka Caribou, previously Manitoba) have never ceased to interest me. In pictures, he looks like he’d be good at maths, and what do you know – he has a PhD in it. Thinking man’s electro, etc, etc. And so the clichés run from there… […]

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Album Review: Davey Lane, ‘Atonally Young’

Words by James Tait The press release for Davey Lane’s fresh solo album Atonally Young describes the You Am I guitarist as a ‘chord-slinging cowboy’, which might have veered into Bon Jovi territory were he not such a genuinely brilliant axeman. Voted in the Top 25 Australian guitarists of all time earlier this year, his […]

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