Despite use of digital equipment, a favoring of syths and electronic percussion, ambient bands like Brisbane, Australia’s MTNS seem to have an uncanny connection with nature. The natural world, the great outdoors; there’s something that bodes well with MTNS’ relaxed sound. In Theresa Fryer’s new video for MTNS’ first single “Lost Track of Time”, she… Continue reading MTNS: Lost Track of Time
My introduction to Bored Nothing came last year on a little compilation put together by Bleeding Knees Club. “Snacks” was the third track on the comp, featuring Bleeding Knees Club and several of their musician friends. That track appears on Bored Nothing’s new self-titled LP.
Australia’s Lost Animal is a conundrum. It’s a conundrum because I find it very difficult to describe. Preface: I’ve been enjoying the sounds of Ex Tropical since November. Far enough back that I attempted to put the album on my Top 50 LPs of 2012 list, despite noting its release date in my coverage of… Continue reading Lost Animal: Ex Tropical (Album Review)
There have been a lot of videos about death and murder this year. In “A Dark God Heart” by Sleep Party People, a little girl finds a body beneath the water in a bathtub. “A Game” by Ski Lodge has an American Psycho edge to it. A serial killer takes out Liars in “No. 1… Continue reading Lost Animal: Say No To Thugs (Video)
Upon first hearing “Buffalo” off Lowlakes debut, self-titled EP, I had to look up information about the band. I had to double check that the vocalist wasn’t Antony Hegarty. Of course it isn’t; but the vocals of Thomas Snowdon fronting this Melbourne-based band have a similar fragility and emotiveness to them.
Mick Harvey broke from the Bad Seeds back in 2009. Bad Seeds being the group famed for backing Nick Cave. With exception to a light project here and there, this is really the first we’ve heard from Harvey. Sketches From The Book Of The Dead is his first stab at strolling down his own path,… Continue reading Mick Harvey: Sketches From The Book Of The Dead (Album Review)
Australian siren Lanie Lane‘s debut single, “What Do I Do” has a soulful, old-time jazzy feel to it. This is no surprise when confronted with her influences — all the truly powerful early jazz singers are there, from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to the masterful Nina Simone. Within “What Do I Do” is a… Continue reading Lanie Lane: What Do I Do [Video]
High Highs is Jack Milas and Oli Chang of Australia and they produce light pop melodies that, as heard in “Open Season”, are entirely infectious. Soft and pleasant, “Open Season” has the perfect balance of emotive vocals, bouncy piano, and laid-back guitar to be one of the year’s better finds. They’ve been spinning this band… Continue reading High Highs: Open Season [Video]
The Lucksmiths broke up just over a year ago now, and they’re finally giving us what they promised at the time — a posthumous single of what may have been their last original recordings. The single is titled Get-To-Bed Birds after the A-side track, and it is available via Lost & Lonesome Records of Australia… Continue reading The Lucksmiths: Get-To-Bed Birds [mp3]
Another Cover Art piece transferred over from that site, this time covering three out of print singles by one of the greatest Australian bands to ever exist — The Lucksmiths. The band may no longer be together, but their music stands just as strong as it did one the day it was released, be it… Continue reading The Lucksmiths: Three Out of Print Singles