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Album Review: Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa

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Album review: Cluster – ‘Cluster 71’: the German electronica scene on the cusp of breaking through, lovingly reissued

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Album review: TEKE::TEKE – ‘Shirushi’: a deliciously wonky, delectably trippy psych debut

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During lockdown, Sam Grant – part of the godlike (or more appropriately, hellish), Sabbathian riff-age of Pigs x7, and also studio engineer at Newcastle’s Blank Studios – gave birth to Rubber Oh firstly as a pure and unfettered personal creative outlet between recording the myriad bands at his studio. Rubber Oh’s celestial jouissance was conjured in …

Every now and then, a full-length LP/CD comes along that stops you dead in your tracks.  Snowcap Menace is unmistakably one such album. The brainchild of Australian folk-rock husband & wife duo, Jeff Lang and Alison Ferrier, Snowcap Menace is a virtual cornucopia of the pair’s musical influences and varying styles, ranging from blues, ethno-folk …

The thing about Kendrick Lamar albums is that they become, in their own way, cultural touchstones. To Pimp a Butterfly immediately became regarded as one of the best albums, certainly rap albums, of all time. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City became enough of a force in its own right to be recognisable by an acronym. Damn., …

It’s hard to believe ‘Butterfly Blue’ (out through Dew Process) is Mallrat‘s debut album. She has graced us with two stunning EPs and a series of brilliant singles that have illustrated her perfect amalgam of feisty yet achingly beautiful tracks that seamlessly drift between pure pop, indie rock and rap (sometimes all within one song), …

It’s always a pleasure to champion female artists, and one day I do hope we can all champion each other. Serbian pianist Maja Alvanovij is no exception to this with her fourth studio album ‘ Wind Rose’ out and already making waves across the musical spectrum. Hailed as ‘ spiritually sublime jazz music ‘ ( …

Screamfeeder have been a veritable indie institution in Australia for more than a remarkable thirty years, and following a return to the live scene recently, they have just released their new album ‘Five Rooms’: a sparkling return to the fray. At the heart of Screamfeeder’s music is pure melody: layered harmonies that are coated over a …

I had the pleasure of witnessing Psychedelic Porn Crumpets turn a sold-out Factory Theatre to pure liquid chaos the night before this album was released. Playing songs old and new, it was celebratory for the occasion. ‘Night Gnomes’ came out fittingly at midnight, lurking in the quiet darkness, waiting for the prime listeners to play …

 After a two-year break-folk favourite Keston Cobblers Club return with their brand-new album, ‘Alchemy’ – the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2019 album, ‘Siren’ .   Alchemy is the new album from Indie-folk band Keston Cobblers Club. Returning to their roots, the theme of the album is based on an old folklore from their hometown. The …

Vancouver based Plain Mister Smith showcases his strikingly unique, spotlessly produced Indie-pop-come-folk sound on his debut album ‘I’m Plain Mister Smith’. Musically complex and yet refreshingly light and simplistic on the surface, the brainchild of Mark Jowett manages to create soundscapes full of intrigue, managing to posses both an uplifting brightness and a reflective, personal …

The band whose name was formerly appended by the word ‘British’ has made a rather triumphant return in their new guise as Sea Power. On the one hand, the things that have made the band so special – their distinctive quirkiness and eccentricity steeped in a certain pastoral/rural bliss and ability to combine intelligent, witty …