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Album Review: The Raft releases the shimmering and dreamy album ‘Summerheads and Winter Beds’

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Album Review: Kidsmoke – A Vision in the Dark

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Album Review: Tan Cologne – Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico

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Skybelly (the nom de plume of Sara Nelson) has just released her stunning debut album, ‘A Space Tramp Odyssey’: a widely evocative and creative magnus opus which is a deep and rich concept album. Operatic and dramatic in nature, it is a stunningly brave debut which adeptly creates an alternate reality that is steeped in …

Floating like a butterfly over verdant fields, ‘Reunion’, the new single from Melbourne dream pop duo Grazer, is a gloriously ethereal track that sparkles and shimmers like diamonds in the bright sunshine. Grazer first caught my attention back in July with the release of their double ‘A’ side single ‘Without You’ and ‘Visions’ following their …

Like some glorious love child of Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and best buddies with Courtney Barnett, Clarke and the Himself‘s debut single ‘Weighted Down’ has a fuzzy deceptively simple sweet drone attack: sibilant cymbals, grunge guitars and the sweetest repeated melody backed by a plonking piano. All the remarkable for the …

I really shouldn’t dwell on the past so much but Barrie‘s single ‘Tal Uno’, reviewed by me here back in 2018 remains one of the most outstanding and perfect slices of pure pop heaven I’ve heard over my years of writing for Backseat Mafia. Subsequent releases displayed the same acute ear for melody, laden with …

For aficionados of shoegaze and dream pop and indeed any serious lover of music, Robin Guthrie needs no introduction. Driving force behind the iconic Cocteau Twins of course, Guthrie has continued to make a significant contribution to the industry, having formed Violet Indiana with Siobhan de Maré (formerly of Mono) and has since focused on …

Earlier this year Perth dream pop duo The Money War caught my attention with their gorgeous single ‘Miles Away’, and members Carmen and Dylan Ollivierre have just announced the release of a new EP entitled ‘Blood’, due to be set free on 5 November 2021. To whet our appetites, the title track has just been …

Moody Beach‘s new EP ‘Assembly of the Wild’ is a total delight that satisfies any cravings for down and dirty rock’n’roll leavened by a dreamy and at times ambient soundscape. The EP has an outrageous sense of well earned confidence and attitude: a rampant delivery of straight forward scuzzy pop with an arched brow and …

As part of our irregular series on the important and often silent figures behind the music scenes – the record labels, promoters and managers – we are today having a chat with venerable Brisbane figure Remy Boccalatte of the shining star that is False Peak Records. We here at Backseat Mafia have covered many bands …

Deep in the heart of ‘Minds’, the new album from Sydney duo Fabels, is an exotic mysticism and ethereal glow, emanating from the mysterious vocals and the layered sonic landscapes. The result is something that is quite splendid: an electronic classicism that is borderless and transcendent. Fabels are Hiske Weijers, Ben Aylward (plus live, guest …

Cardiff’s Inland Murmur drew our attention with the release of their delicate and fragile single ‘Waterline’ last month (read my review here), and the duo is back with another aquatic themed single ‘Freshwater’. This new track has the same beautiful poised air with a more vibrant and thundering spine that crashes through intermittently and with …