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News: Joni Mitchell celebrates the 50th anniversary of ‘Blue’ with a remastered set of her four Reprise albums

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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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Album Review: DMA’s – The Glow plus tour news

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There’s a frisson of excitement in Backseat Mafia’s antipodean offices. It’s been two years since Brisbane’s dream pop queen Hatchie graced us with her presence with her album ‘Keepsake’ (see my review here), and while she has raised her head above the parapets with a few collaborations (including her duo on the stunning Rinse single …

Who doesn’t love those little wind up music boxes of yesteryear, and also The Charlatans anthem ‘The Only One I Know’. Well certainly not us here at Backseat Mafia, and in our offices (well, house), I have a resplendent Richard Hawley music box on the shelves, and my battered 12” of The only one I …

4000 Records in Brisbane is celebrating its second birthday today – an innovative boutique agency that has on its roster some of the most exciting and diverse talent in Brisbane. And that is quite a feat considering Brisbane is an absolute hotbed of artistic talent at the moment. Backseat Mafia has enthusiastically reviewed output from …

It’s been a hot minute since we heard from Canadian duo Dear Rouge; the duo of Drew and Danielle McTaggart have kept a relatively low profile since the release of their second album Phases in 2018, and what have they been up to since then? Well, it hasn’t all been downtime – they’ve completed work …

Sometimes, a small change can make a big difference; for Washington D.C. quartet Broke Royals, that change was brought about by bringing on their contemporary Bartees Strange as a test-run producer for new material that would be collected as a follow-up to their 2019 second album Saint Luxury. It paid off: Strange encouraged the band …

Richard Ashcroft is set to release the new album ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ on October 29th via RPA / BMG. The album features twelve newly recorded acoustic versions of classic songs from his back catalogue spanning both his solo career and his time with The Verve. The album is now available to pre-order here with ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ provided as an instant download.  You can have a listen to …

Sydney’s Jack Nolan has a new single out, ‘Gabriel’, which is an atmospheric slice of what is called American, (amusingly translated to the Australian milieu as Darlinghurst Country – inner city urban country). An evocative piece of storytelling is delivered in a multilayered parcel that jangles and sparkles with an organic feel. Nolan’s vocals and …

Following on from the success of their bold and self-assured debut EP, 2020’s Strangest Desires, COLLAR’S brand new EP HARD TIME TO TAKE IT is out now and proving to be a hypnotic, grungy beat-driven offering that features flickering percussive production from Charles Murdoch and Spencer White’s signature deep vocals. COLLAR will also be playing one of the very first shows at the newly-restored …

Sydney artist Roderick Smith works under the project North Arm and we are honoured here at Backseat Mafia to premiere his new single and video ‘Bring The Daylight’. Soft as a Sydney breeze skipping across the waters of Sydney Harbour, and with a dappled sunshine light, this is an absolutely gorgeous, reflective track bursting with …

One of the places that made the strongest impression on Bjørnson & Selvik during the initial research and following performances that created their second collaborative piece “Hugsjá” was the area of Hardanger, a few hours from their base in Bergen, Norway. Hardanger is mysterious, pure and able to blow the minds of even the most …