ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires
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ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires

Darren Watson is a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene with a lineage in the bands Chicago Smoke Shop and Midge Marsden Band. Primarily he’s cut his teeth as an electric guitarist and singer so this acoustic record is a departure from the template and as a result it feels like a special project.  … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Tori Forsyth – Dawn Of The Dark
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ALBUM REVIEW: Tori Forsyth – Dawn Of The Dark

In less than two years since writing her first song, Tori Forsyth signed to Universal Music here in Australia and has more than lived up to expectations on her Shane Nicholson-produced debut album. Forsyth inhabits the corner of Americana music where pop pacing and high-rise melodies nuzzle up to shuffling country rhythms and darker gothic-tinged … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples – Campfire
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ALBUM REVIEW: Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples – Campfire

Kasey Chambers’ last release was a double album, a sprawling and diverse set that at times felt like it would have benefited from more editing and quality control. Perhaps in reaction to the nature of that album she’s retreated to the campfire as both a symbol and a literal focal point for this set of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – La Jungla
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ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – La Jungla

Suicide Swans are seemingly a band on a mission. The dust has barely settled on the release cycle for their excellent Augusta album of last year and they’re already releasing it’s followup – the sprawling, psych, rock and cosmic country double album that is La Jungla. Recorded live in one day in an amphitheatre, the band … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – One Punch
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ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – One Punch

Davey Craddock draped his debut album in Americana sounds as he wove stories about places and people, primarily in Australia. It was a superb debut and its followup, One Punch, is equally compelling whilst coming from different angles. One Punch steps back, and assesses the world with a brutal honesty. It takes stock of the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – The Visitor
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ALBUM REVIEW: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – The Visitor

This the second studio album from Young’s collaboration with Promise Of The Real, the band centred around Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah. The Monsanto Years was a much straighter country rock affair while The Visitor sets out for wider and more eclectic terrain, making it his best album since Psychedelic Pill. ‘Fly By Night’ … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cat Canteri – Inner North
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ALBUM REVIEW: Cat Canteri – Inner North

Singer songwriter Cat Canteri has been slowly been building herself an impressive career that now numbers three solo albums. The sense of patience, self-determination and the evolution and refinement of her songwriting makes Inner North her most rewarding record to date. Canteri’s ability to drift between styles is a real strength and the way she … Continue reading

20th Anniversary: Remembering Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’
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20th Anniversary: Remembering Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’

Blues & Alchemy: Remembering Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’ 2000 was a particularly big year for me personally. I’d finished high school in rural NSW the previous year and had transgressed to the metropolis of Sydney. I spent the year between two share houses, one in La Perouse, the other in Petersham. I’d be embarrassed to … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire
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ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire

William Crighton’s debut album had him pegged as an Americana/gothic rock songwriter – all fire and brimstone and heart on sleeve emotion. Now, on his sophomore album, he’s expanded his stylistic palette into a whole range of sonic shades and textures. The intense and impassioned preacher is still railing from the pulpit but now you … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed
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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed

The Horizon Just Laughed comes on the back of the loosely thematic trilogy of albums he recorded with producer and musician Andrew Swift. They were psychedelic in nature though still rooted in the folk form. In contrast, this feels like a retreat from the density and experimentation, to a place of reflection and solitude. Jurado … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

“I like you honey, being with you is like being alone”. It’s a line in I’ve Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews’ sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to … Continue reading

PTW PREMIERE: Diamond Duck EP
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PTW PREMIERE: Diamond Duck EP

Diamond Duck release their self-titled debut EP this week and it’s a wonderful showcase for the talents of Jimmy Daley and Brian Campeau. Lush and ornate are two words that come to mind listening to the EP. The duo’s harmonies are beautifully intertwined, rising and falling, complementing and contrasting each other. They recall some of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper – I Rode The Wild Horses
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper – I Rode The Wild Horses

On first listen to Ross Cooper’s third full length, I Rode The Wild Horses, you’d be excused for mistaking the subject matter as just another songwriter assuming the role of cowboy. However a little research reveals the Texan native is in fact a cowboy assuming the role of writer. Born and raised into rodeo, Cooper’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)

Dori Freeman only released her self-titled debut album in 2016 but she’s already gone and followed it up with Letters Never Read, an album that takes the template of her first release and adds greater warmth, soul and depth of writing. Freeman has again employed the services of Teddy Thompson as producer, and he in … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lindi Ortega – Liberty (2018)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lindi Ortega – Liberty (2018)

A couple of years ago, with little money in her bank account, approaching 40 and feeling burnt out, Lindi Ortega contemplated giving music up but instead she left her label, management and agent, got engaged and left Nashville and moved to Calgary. That led to the release of her EP Til The Goin’ Gets Gone … Continue reading