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Album Review: Key Out – Anthropomorphia

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Melbournian troubadour Wilding blew us away last year with his concept album ‘The Death Of Foley’s Mall’ – one of the best Antipodean releases of 2020 in my humble opinion – and for many, well, let’s be honest, for me – it was the first taste of Justin Wilding Stokes’s incomparable songwriting skills. The thing …

Wilding‘s flights of fancy are a delightful and mesmerising distraction from our troubled times – psychedelic, jangling vignettes of everyday life delivered with a compassionate eye and a wry exposition. His album last year – ‘The Death of Foley’s Mall’ made my list of top albums released in Australia/New Zealand last year, and the first …

Balcony’s Paradise are premiering their cover of the Toots and the Maytals song ‘It Must Be True Love’ – a version so laid back it’s almost supine. There is a beautiful rawness to this track – background chattering intrude and the structure and framework are relaxed and cool. Balcony’s Paradise have bottled in sound the …

As a reviewer, from time to time you come across small boutique labels whose enthusiasm and dedication to the music scene is utterly magnificent and completely inspiring. Over the past few years, I’ve reviewed a number of brilliant bands with one common denominator – they were all on the Half a Cow Record label. This …

Wilding – the nom de plume of Justin Wilding Stokes – premiered the single ‘Swipe Right’ here on Backseat Mafia last month and it was quite a breath of fresh air. I observed it was a highly enjoyable marriage of pure pop bounce mixed with an intelligent and off-kilter lyrics. Wilding just released his new …

The simple, shimmering and reflective tone of the delightful single ‘Ignore All The Hate (On Your Telephone)’ from Sydney band The Finalists (premiered by Backseat Mafia last week) is now beautifully matched by a laid back, black and white video treatment showcasing the band, all shadowy and enigmatic: The old black and white movie footage …

We are very pleased to premiere the video for the single ‘Swipe Right’ from Wilding, the work of UK-born and Australian resident Justin Wilding Stokes. ‘Swipe Right’ is pop eccentricity at its best and the creative mind of Wilding is accentuated by the lockdown-shot video involving dating apps, philosophical stick insects and a delicious pop …

St Ove hail from Aylesbury and the surrounding villages, Wendover and Quainton in England and yet a gentle, jangling air of Athens , Georgia can be detected in their sound. ‘County Show’ is an evocative album – gentle, evenly paced and full of a yearning sense of aching joy. There is a bucolic air of wistful …

Key Out are a phenomenal Sydney band – I recently rated their brilliant album ‘Anthropomorphia‘ a well deserved nine out of ten. Backseat Mafia is therefore utterly delighted to premiere Key Out’s new double sided single consisting of the opening track from the album, ‘Buildings’ as well as a remix of earlier single ‘Chorus’. ‘Buildings’ …

Key Out are proving to be one of the more exciting bands in Sydney – even the world – at the moment and this is never evident than in their new album ‘Anthropomorphia’. It is brimful of shimmering guitars and songs that seems to perfectly reflect the bright blue summer skies of Sydney. Skies that …