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LEONARD SUMNER
Rez Poetry (2014)

On 06, Mar 2016 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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It’s evident from the get-go that Leonard is a talented wordsmith with wisdom to share that would likely earn him the title of song-man if he hailed from Australia.  All the way from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation in Manitoba, Leonard is an Anishinaabe MC and singer song-writer whose music and lyrics hold something so precious that they often leave audiences with goose bumps and tears in their eyes, as they accompany him through life’s lessons.

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ADAM YOUNG
Elementary Carnival Blues (2016)

On 06, Mar 2016 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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Adam Young’s debut album—‘Elementary Carnival Blues’—entered my world on the way back to Sydney from Illawarra Folk Festival. I was sitting in the back seat of a mate’s car, the Bulli clay drying on our boots as the waning late afternoon sun streamed through the glass. We were mildly hung over, satiated by the fun we’d had, and Young’s songs provided the final decadence of the weekend.

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THE WET SECRETS
I Can Live Forever EP (2016)

On 06, Mar 2016 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

Wet Secrets

The Wet Secrets are an almost indefinable party band from Edmonton, Alberta. They are rock & roll. They are punk. They are psychedelic. They’re even a little pop. The list just does not end. But whatever it is, it’s undeniably unique and it’s also fantastic.

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KARDINAL
Vitreous Act II EP (2015)

On 30, Nov 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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At once both primal and futuristic, intellectual and visceral, Vitreous II by local act Kardinal is one epic slab of heaviness. It’s the second in a series of three releases by Melbourne-based composer and instrumentalist Nick Delaney, following on from the awesome Vitreous I. And it’s totally massive. Purely instrumental, insanely complex, yet still palatable through some very clean production, this release explores the more complex rhythmic side of heavy music.

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DAVID NEWBERRY
Replacement Things (2015)

On 30, Nov 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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David Newberry’s third release, Replacement Things is an album by turns hopeful then disillusioned then hopeful again—reflective, bold, and sonically ambitious. At times it feels as if he’s exposing the listener’s personal trials and failures through the songs, but he gets away with it by offering up his own with directness and accuracy. This record sounds and feels current. It’s not clean, it was made by someone who listened to music in the 90s, by someone who looks for the thread that connects us all within life’s contradictions. Replacement Things is, at its core, a rock n’ roll record with heart, soul and intelligence.

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AINSLIE WILLS
On the Gold EP (2015)

On 30, Nov 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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On her latest EP Oh The Gold, Melbourne artist Ainslie Wills shines a bright light on the beauty and fragility of the human condition. Alongside longtime writing partner Lawrence Folvig and Brisbane producer Matt Redlich, her latest musical offerings come to life with stunning depth and intricacy. Each track unveils the perfect union of concept and production. This is soul-enriching, world-class art with a timeless pop sensibility.

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TIM BENNETT
Crystal Water EP (2014)

On 27, Sep 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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I have a distinct childhood memory that surfaces when I listen to Tim Bennett’s EP ‘Crystal Water’. It’s summer. A muggy, early evening, heavy rainstorm, sun has just set. I’m lying on the floor in my room listening to my newly acquired copy of Sade’s ‘Promise’. It’s on vinyl, speakers popping, crackling the air with electricity. I can smell the dust wafting through the screens in my window. I’m fourteen.

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TANYA TAGAQ
Animism (2014)

On 27, Sep 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

Tanya Tagaq

To say Tanya Tagaq’s new album Animism has been making waves would be a gross understatement. The album has stirred a storm both with audiences and media that will no doubt reach tsunami proportions before it’s done. Tagaq has become a household name overnight in Canada and America and it seems she’s just getting started. Rolling Stone recently named her in their “10 Artists You Need To Know”.

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RADICAL SON
CAUSE ‘N EFFECT (2014)

On 27, Sep 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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We live in a time where our choice of words plays a big part in the conscious evolution of our minds and being. What I take from Radical Son’s work is the importance of the word, the importance of not wasting our words, or our time in general—of bringing something meaningful to the world.

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LIZ STRINGER
LIVE @ NSC, Melbourne, 5 July 2015

On 17, Jul 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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There’s nothing better than a matinee show in the Melbourne wintertime. A few Sundays back, a couple of hundred bodies crammed into the dark, carpeted Melbourne institution: The Northcote Social Club band room. The crowd eagerly awaited songs to soothe the winter chill. Brooke Russell played a welcoming solo set of country tunes as folks rolled in, and by the time Liz and her band hit the stage she delivered a vibe synonymous with her most recent studio album ‘Warm in the Darkness’.

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DRIED SPIDER
Wounded City (2015) EP

On 17, Jul 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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In late 2014 I first became aware of Matt Witney’s solo project through the release of a track complete with hauntingly beautiful film clip—’Just Where’. I love this track. It features Mike Medleycott on piano and for me it’s definitely the stand out. As a whole, on my first listen I didn’t fall in love with every track, but by the second listen the EP left me with a deep longing for bushland, nostalgic Northern memories of sugarcane, humidity, fire. Matt is definitely a cat who is connected to the land and he’s spun an opulent sensory trip that keeps giving.

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HIATUS KAIYOTE
Choose Your Weapon (2015)

On 31, May 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon

This is no case of three strikes and you’re out—this record is out of the park and into the ether like a m*)&^%cking flying saucer—a third home run. This hat-trick Hiatus review is happening because this band continue to inspire with their cutting-edge never-heard-before juxtaposition of fluid musicality and frequency manipulation that is about as NOW as music could be. If you don’t already know who they are, to get worded up check out the previous reviews of Tawk Tomahawk and By Fire, cause this review is going to stick with the music, exploring highlights from this whopping 18-track masterpiece. Read more…

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PUNCH BROTHERS
The Phosphorescent Blues (2015)

On 31, May 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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If you were to label The Punch Brothers as a bluegrass band because they play acoustic string instruments, you would be in for quite a surprise when you listen to their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues. I love The Punch Brothers. Let’s just get that out there first and foremost. But I also love that I don’t love their music straight away. They take risks. They go deep. They demand listening and listening again, and then you start to get it, and you develop a lasting bond with their music that keeps delivering with each successive listen.

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UNCLE BOBBY
My Mind is Already Gone (2015)

On 31, May 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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As soon as I hit play, I realise this song is already gone, gone to the realms of ordinary reality. Uncle Bobby opens this masterpiece with an ocean of psychedelic bliss, filling the waterbed for the pillows of bass and drums that drop right when you want them to. Eighteen-year-old Robert Downie (I kid you not) plays his own sitar; it sits eerily beneath the smooth synthesiser soundscape. The beat is sensitively jilted, and the bass glides smoothly between high and low registers, making the fatness count when it really goes down.

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THE IMPRINTS
Unraveling (2015)

On 01, Apr 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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This Melbourne male/female duo is so undeniably distinctive, creative and experimental, that their music reaches far beyond the scope of multi-genre, it is multi-dimensional. In a world of myriad musical influences, there are few musicians who can perfectly balance the ability to deeply personify a multitude of genres in both technique and intent. For The Imprints, this appears as an effortless mastery, as they skip stones across the sonic landscape, inviting us into an intricate universe of life painted by bow in a palette of rosin.

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MEALS
Breakfast EP (2015)

On 27, Mar 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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Some Food for Thought

Most will agree, the first meal of the day is the most important of the day.

Meals debut EP, ‘Breakfast’ is as hearty and wholesome as a Sunday morning veggie stack at Greens (Sydney Road Brunswick). It’s massive and so damn tasty that one can’t help but wonder if that much good is bad for you. The only difference is when you reach the end of the ‘Breakfast’ EP, you find yourself thinking, ‘I could eat all of that again’,

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D’ANGELO
Black Messiah (2014)

On 31, Jan 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

DAngelo

It has been a long 15 years for fans of D’Angelo to wait for the follow up to his brilliant album, Voodoo’. In an age where timing is everything and the attention span of the listener is shrinking rapidly, one couldn’t help but wonder what was happening with the legendary new release and if it would ever see the light of day. Read more…

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BJORK
Vulnicura (2015)

On 31, Jan 2015 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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Bjork’s latest offering is an intricate, detailed and intimate unveiling of her journey through loss of love, relationship, identity and family. Where recent album Biophilia examined the miraculous forces of nature and its relationship to technology, Vulnicura is far more internal. Easily her most personal work to date, lyrically it is harrowingly stark and literal, and immediately engages you in revealing narrative as she traverses her innermost emotional landscape. Read more…

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BLUE KING BROWN
BORN FREE (2014)

On 30, Nov 2014 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

BKB Born Free

Australia’s powerhouse, Blue King Brown, dropped their long awaited new album, Born Free, last month. The ARIA-nominated group has developed a reputation on their powerful vocal and lyrical content and their original fusion of global and urban influences. This record carries that signature sound forward and takes it a step deeper into a reggae-driven terrain.

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HIATUS KAIYOTE
BY FIRE (2014) EP

On 30, Nov 2014 | In Artists on Artists | By jane

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Future Soul artists Hiatus Kaiyote have served us a delectable appetiser from ‘Choose Your Weapon’, their much-anticipated sophomore album due out in March 2015. I’m over the moon that we didn’t have to wait until then to hear this otherworldly music. The meeting of these great musical minds transcends simple earthly definition, but I’ll do my best. These artists are well worthy, given the rocket-ship of midnight oil burned in order to sculpt this intricate sonic masterpiece.

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