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Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 11:11am


Fronted by ex-Little Red singer ‘Major’ Tom Hartney, Major Tom And The Atoms peddle a dense, energetic kind of soul rock that features a very unapologetic saxophone and some lusty female backing singers. It isn’t bad – Tom has a gritty, whomping vocal style and the song has some neat dynamic shifts – but they are more like a hip wedding band than an exciting new music project. Unlike...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 10:40am


A lackluster debut from local singer Hayley Clare, who attempts to model herself after Kimbra and Florence Henderson with neither their vocal power nor musical creativity. The instrumental parts on this single have that thin, pre-fab Garage Band quality and while Hayley can probably sing, what she does with her voice here is plodding and dull, in a dead pocket between the atmospheric...

Posted 27 Mar 2012 @ 1:53pm


As always the fantastic Port Fairy Folk Festival was jam-packed with so many interesting acts that it was hard work trying to see everything. Our weekend began with the Cat Empire’s Harry James Angus who proved to be an engaging solo performer and Tinpan Orange who nailed some truly amazing vocal harmonies on Bottle of Whiskey. The shuddering life-affirming funk of The Bamboos...

Posted 2 Mar 2012 @ 10:08am


While the abundance of collaborations and side-projects he's been involved with over the last twenty years may suggest otherwise, there's a peculiar consistency to the work of Will Oldham.  Usually filed under alt-country (though Southern Gothic would be nearer the mark), Oldham's music – whether recorded as Palace Brothers, Palace Music, Will Oldham or his most enduring moniker,...

Posted 25 Jan 2012 @ 4:36pm


That isn’t the voice I expected. The gentle ripples of acoustic guitar that launch In My Pocket are overly familiar - the light, lilting gestures that usually precede a kittenish female folk singer. Not in this case though. The voice that breathes over these romantic guitar notes is rough and masculine, closer to Tom Waits than Julia Stone. It’s a pleasing kind of dissonance, softened...

Posted 18 Jan 2012 @ 3:09pm







Next month, Van Halen will release their first album with singer David Lee Roth since their 1984 album,1984. I’m going to say no. No to the humourless Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, and especially no to Dave’s disturbing old man efforts to sing in that shitty, dilapidated head voice, which is the first thing former '80s hair...

Posted 21 Dec 2011 @ 10:14am

In Heaven is the debut LP from Long Island's Twin Sister and it's quite a poppy affair. Following on from their 2010 Color Your Life EP - the album has a soft airiness to it which makes the songs seem to drift in and out of one another. There's a similar mood throughout the album, this congruency is effective in part, but the lack of diversity tends to bore me a little. The production is very...

Posted 14 Dec 2011 @ 9:31am

Kate Bush is the only female artist to have had an album in the top five UK album charts during each of the last five decades. This impressive feat is testimony to the success of her eclectic musical style; however her tenth studio album 50 Words For Snow limits perhaps her greatest asset - her idiosyncratic voice.


The album consists of seven tracks, all of which range from...

Posted 6 Dec 2011 @ 11:39am

This band is an intoxicating mix. Take a hot blonde lead singer, surround her with big ugly blokes who just happen to be some of the best heavy music instrumentalists in the country, throw in a bunch of supercharged hard rock to metal tunes and you have the beast that is Heaven the Axe.


The band features former members of legendary Aussie acts The Amenta, Damaged, The...

Posted 30 Nov 2011 @ 10:15am

How's this for a genius opening line: "I feel you love like a punch in the heart." Josh and Katy's voices sit beautifully together, too - his milky and high, in a masculine way, hers higher and breathier, girlish but seductive. They don't need much more than that and they don't use much more than that, just two singers, subtle harmony and sharp, aching lyrics. Beautiful.


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