VIDEO PREMIERE: The April Family – Fortune Teller
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VIDEO PREMIERE: The April Family – Fortune Teller

Sydney alt-country trio The April Family released their second album House Of Cards last year but they’ve already pooled their creative talents and written, recorded and filmed a clip for their brand new single ‘Fortune Teller‘ (Social Family Records), the first single from their third album, due out early in 2021. The song hits a … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jonivan Jones – After The Sunset
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NEW MUSIC: Jonivan Jones – After The Sunset

It was the voice of Arkansas songwriter Jonivan Jones that struck us when we first heard this new song, ‘After The Sunset’, with its acoustic blues/country sound that reminded us of fellow gravelly troubadour Ryan Bingham. Tough yet heartfelt, the song is written from the perspective of a veteran who has recently departed the service … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Team Love – Wasted Time
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NEW MUSIC: Team Love – Wasted Time

Melbourne’s Team Love have released their second single from their forthcoming debut album. Guitarist and singer Shaun Stolk takes the lead vocal on ‘Wasted Time’. Over a country/folk rhythm, evocative violin (Ruby Cattell) and piano (Monique Bricknell), his melodic, high and lonesome voice sings of lost opportunities and regret. It’s a song richly and equally imbued with a melancholic ache and … Continue reading

22 Favourite 2020 Releases So Far…
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22 Favourite 2020 Releases So Far…

Here’s our mid year list for 2020. In alphabetical order, the albums (and one EP) that have hit our musical sweet-spot over the last six months. Big hitters and newcomers cosied up together in a smorgasbord of country, folk and Americana goodness. Dig in and have a listen… Andrew Tuttle Alexandra Andy Golledge Namoi EP … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Arlo McKinley – Walking Shoes
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NEW MUSIC: Arlo McKinley – Walking Shoes

Here’s the authentic country sound of Arlo McKinley, taken from his forthcoming debut solo album, Die Midwestern, out August 14 on John Prine’s independent Oh Boy Records. It’s a fine opening shot, with that line “I don’t wanna get high anymore” and a classic balladeer sound, part straight country , part outlaw, mostly just a … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
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INTERVIEW: Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes

In this Q&A, Favours takes us inside the album’s writing and recording process, his musical influences and the challenges and rewards of running an independent record label. Given that this album has been ready for release for a year now, how are you feeling about it finally seeing the light of day on April 3rd? … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Scurvylicious – Wiser
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NEW MUSIC: Scurvylicious – Wiser

The delightfully named Scurvylicious concoct a wonderfully vibrant sound on this new song ‘Wiser‘. The Melbourne band open the track with a slow, swaying jangly guitar sound – like an afterthought at the start of the song. Near the minute mark it kicks into first gear with prominent bass driving things along and the mantra … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Cowsuit – Six Years From Crying
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NEW MUSIC: Cowsuit – Six Years From Crying

Here’s a great, ramshackle country song that rolls along on the momentum of its melody, sung by a certain Evan Dando. As songwriter Nic Dalton explains, the song came about when ex Lemonheads bassist Jesse Peretz asked Dalton to compose a song for a short film of his. From one Lemonheads bassist to the next, … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof

With her famous surname and the album’s opening shimmering tremolo guitar chords you’d think you were in for a straight country trip. There’s certainly a strong country streak, of the Nikki Lane kind, that runs through Walking Proof, but just as equally there’s an indie rock aesthetic that runs from Liz Phair to Jenny Lewis … Continue reading

NEWS: Mitch Dean Releases New Album Holding Back The Levee
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NEWS: Mitch Dean Releases New Album Holding Back The Levee

Melbourne alt-country/Americana songwriter Mitch Dean released his debut solo album Holding Back The Levee last Friday. “I wanted to make something that sounded like all the albums I love to listen to. From Neil Young through to The Jayhawks.” Evocative storytelling, rich musicality and the heartfelt conveyance of human emotion. Those are some of the hallmarks … Continue reading

VIDEO: Dan Brodie – My Fallen Star
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VIDEO: Dan Brodie – My Fallen Star

Melbourne’s Dan Brodie has directed a clip for a new single from his fine 2019 album Funerária do Vale. This track has a gentle, meditative quality. Sombre and sad, it paints sweet and tragic moments, fragments of memories wrapped up in a poignant portrait. “You were impossible to possess, an aberration, an emptiness, our love … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Shattercones – Love On Repeat
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NEW MUSIC: Shattercones – Love On Repeat

We’ve always got a soft-spot for that point where country and folk meet slowcore. There are elements of that in ‘Love On Repeat’, the latest single from UK group Shattercones. The song comes from their EP Oppenheimer, which is out now. You can here the sound of acts like Tindersticks, albeit with a heavier gothic … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels

Lucinda Williams Good Souls Better Angels Highway 20 / Cooking Vinyl Australia After a year spent looking back with her Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 20th anniversary tour, Lucinda Williams has now turned her mind to the modern world in the here and now, from internal battles of individuals to the heartless idiocy of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: John Krsulja – Black To Blue
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NEW MUSIC: John Krsulja – Black To Blue

‘Black To Blue‘ was one of the last recorded performances by Australian Glen Hannah (R.I.P.), written by John ‘K’ Krsulja in 2016 in memory of the passing of producer and friend, Karl Broadie. The music video is a tribute to both Broadie and Hannah, two creative spirits that touched many other musicians and music fans … Continue reading