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Album Review: Affiliate Links – Enough Light : poetic, powerful indie song-craft.

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EP Review: Rich Meehan Trio – Suite Antinque

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Album Review: Bad Breeding – Human Capital

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From the extensive archive, Zappa vault-meister Joe Travers (Dweezil’s drummer) investigated some shows performed in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and quickly deemed them too good not to release. The 1974 concerts feature some of Zappa’s top-flight musicians of the day playing a selection of equally top tunes ranging from early Mothers to ‘Over-Nite Sensation’ …

There’s something special about growing up with a band. It seems like only yesterday, we were stumbling across muddy festival fields towards the infectious beats of Keep On Pushing and now here we are, listening to the latest Black Seeds release in between mopping up our children’s vomit and wondering whether we’re ever going to …

Spacey Jane

Spacey Jane’s follow up to the wildly successful ‘Sunlight’ consolidates their position as Australia’s favourite indie band.

Apparently the first The Brian Jonestown Massacre album in three years has distilled ten tracks from more than 60 recordings made over the years during the COVID lockdowns in singer/songwriter/guitarist Anton Newcombe’s Berlin recording studios. And the result is concentrated goodness, recalling some of Newton’s best material from over the decades. With less experimental sonic …

Unearthing ‘what the truth sounds like’ is Ostinato Records’ enduring mission. This year we’ve already been introduced to the raw beauty of Capo Verde’s creole soul with the release from the Ano Nobo Quartet and now comes the label’s latest reveal direct from Port Sudan, Noori & His Dorpa Band with the release of Beja …

Dilettante‘s self-titled album is a shimmering collection of pure pop vignettes – leaved by a self-deprecatory sense of humour and drama (see the theatrical posturings of fifties-influenced ‘Donna’) but with a common thread of colossal, indelible melodies and mountain high anthems. Touched as all good pops songs are by hints of melancholia, the synth beds …

‘I want the future now’ pronounced Peter Hammill on one of his late seventies solo outpourings. Scroll forward almost half a century and producer/electronic musician Pacsal Bideau has been exploring his own avenue of future thinking. If you put him in a room with the old prog-curmudgeon, he might quiz Pete about which version of …

You would be wrong to lazily pass off Sessa’s music as laid back or simply chilled. For sure his sound-world is luxurious and something to recline into but drifting off is not what’s intended here. As Sessa, Sergio Sayeg entwines the pulse and poetry of classic Brazilian pop with psychedelic fluidity and tight-hipped acoustic funk. …

Without doubt, to me, Johnny Hunter is one of the most exciting bands coming out of Australia at the moment and their debut album ‘Want’ is a masterpiece of new wave post punk indie imbued with a punk sensibility. The inherent muscularity of music and imagery is leavened by an erudite sensitivity and an indelible …

We are very pleased to provide an exclusive early listen to the new album ‘Wanderer’ from Queensland’s Darcy Kate. With a voice of smoky velvet and a slow burning sparkle to the sound, Kate is a prodigious talent: her songwriting is melodic and tinted with a touch of melancholia and her voice glides and floats …