ALBUM REVIEW: American Aquarium – Chicamacomico
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ALBUM REVIEW: American Aquarium – Chicamacomico

AMERICAN AQUARIUM CHICAMACOMICO LOSING SIDE RECORDS / THIRTY TIGERS On their ninth studio album, American Aquarium and frontman BJ Barham take a deep dive into loss and ultimately seek to provide solace and hope to the listener. Their brand of emotive Americana is perfectly suited to this kind of subject matter as they tread the … Continue reading

RACHEL ANGEL LOOKS INWARD ON NEW GEM OF A COUNTRY FOLK SINGLE ‘CLOSER TO MYSELF’
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RACHEL ANGEL LOOKS INWARD ON NEW GEM OF A COUNTRY FOLK SINGLE ‘CLOSER TO MYSELF’

We covered an earlier single of Rachel Angel‘s, ‘Strapped’, in 2020 and it’s a pleasure to again be invited into the swirling and evocative pop-laced country folk sound she does so effortlessly. Taken from the new album Midnite Heart Attack, released earlier this month, ‘Closer To Myself‘, is a tour de force of how to … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Adams – Romeo & Juliet
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Adams – Romeo & Juliet

RYAN ADAMS ROMEO & JULIET PAXAM RECORDING COMPANY Three years since the NY Times article that revealed his totally inappropriate behaviour with past partners, fellow musicians and fans and cast him into the musical wilderness, Ryan Adams has been slowly rebuilding his career on his own label. Wednesdays (2020), Big Colors (2021) and Chris (2022) … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Wilco – Cruel Country
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ALBUM REVIEW: Wilco – Cruel Country

WILCO CRUEL COUNTRY DPBM RECORDS ‘Country’ as in the USA or ‘Country’ as in the genre? Cleverly it’s a subtle blend of both on this new 21 track double album from the band that long ago took an experimental and ‘anything goes’ diversion, from alt-county to post-country. More than that it’s a wide-ranging, intimate and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Drive-By Truckers – Welcome 2 Club XIII
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ALBUM REVIEW: Drive-By Truckers – Welcome 2 Club XIII

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS WELCOME 2 CLUB XIII ATO RECORDS After a run of albums that painted a perceptive picture of modern America and the ramifications of its recent political history, Drive-By Truckers switch the focus to their own formative years as young men seeking adventure and taking tentative steps towards rock ‘n’ roll dreams.  Club XIII … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kurt Vile – (watch my moves)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Kurt Vile – (watch my moves)

KURT VILE (watch my moves) VERVE RECORDS / VIRGIN MUSIC AUSTRALIA Kurt Vile, the one man slacker psych jam band from Philly is back with a new collection of songs that wander, hypnotise, amuse and sometimes meander on album number nine.  Vile has long figured out his optimal recipe and here he doesn’t stray from … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Arlo McKinley – This Mess We’re In
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ALBUM REVIEW: Arlo McKinley – This Mess We’re In

ARLO MCKINLEY THIS MESS WE’RE IN OH BOY RECORDS This is Arlo McKinley’s third album but it was his last one, Die Midwestern that really elevated him into the pantheon of great contemporary country and folk songwriters. The good news is that he’s followed that superb album with another absolute gem. This Mess We’re In … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ian Noe – River Fools & Mountain Saints
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ian Noe – River Fools & Mountain Saints

IAN NOE RIVER FOOLS & MOUNTAIN SAINTS THIRTY TIGERS / COOKING VINYL AUSTRALIA Ian Noe’s debut of 2019 was one of those albums hit the radar of music enthusiasts and spread organically like wildfire. Richly imbued with the spirit and craft of folk and country songwriting it marked the arrival of a new and exciting … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Tami Neilson – Kingmaker
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ALBUM REVIEW: Tami Neilson – Kingmaker

TAMI NEILSON KINGMAKER MGM Tami Neilson’s career trajectory continues its impressive ascent as she emerges from the pandemic with an album that both celebrates women and challenges their treatment and role in society, particularly in the music industry. Neilson further explores her openminded approach to country music, whether it’s the Bobby Gentry-styled Southern noir and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Orville Peck – Bronco
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ALBUM REVIEW: Orville Peck – Bronco

ORVILLE PECK BRONCO COLUMBIA / SONY MUSIC From the heralded release of his debut album Pony in 2019, through a pandemic, fashion shoots and onto a major label deal with Columbia, Orville Peck’s ascent has been a meteoric one. He’s skilfully navigated the worlds of Americana, country and pop to create a unique modern day … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Andy Golledge – Strength Of A Queen
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ALBUM REVIEW: Andy Golledge – Strength Of A Queen

ANDY GOLLEDGE STRENGTH OF A QUEEN I OH YOU If you’re looking for an early contender for Australian Americana album of the year then you’re reading the right review. Andy Golledge has been a mainstay of the local scene in Sydney for at least half a dozen years now. He’s a lynchpin of sorts with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sin City – Welcome To Sin City
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sin City – Welcome To Sin City

Check out the cover artwork for New Zealand duo Sin City’s debut album and you might be expecting a laidback Gram Parsons-styled cosmic country album, and there are elements of that, but at it’s core this is a rousing, loose-limbed blend of rock ’n’ roll, soul and country. From bar room brawls to late night … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW – THE WEEPING WILLOWS ON THEIR NEW ALBUM
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INTERVIEW: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW – THE WEEPING WILLOWS ON THEIR NEW ALBUM

Over the last decade, across a trio of albums, an EP and countless shows around Australia and North America, The Weeping Willows have slowly but surely built a loyal audience and critical acclaim, From their formation as a side project to Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, there was initially little ambition and certainly no long … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Delines – The Sea Drift
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Delines – The Sea Drift

THE DELINES THE SEA DRIFT LOVE POLICE RECORDS + TAPES Once considered a side project of Richmond Fontaine songwriter and frontman Willy Vlautin, on album #3 The Delines have comprehensively proven themselves as their own bittersweet and soulful microsystem, where damaged souls battle on against life’s twists and turns. Little beacons of hope amid the … Continue reading