FAVOURITE AU/NZ ALBUMS 2022
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FAVOURITE AU/NZ ALBUMS 2022

As always, it’s been another strong year for local releases in 2022, as artists find their feet again and cast their creative efforts out into the world after a couple of years of turmoil. Ahead of our main album list for the year, here are our eleven favourite Australian and Aotearoa/NZ albums for 2022. As … Continue reading

FLEUR WIBER BUILDS A SWEET COUNTRY GROOVE ON ‘PLASTIC SKYSCRAPERS’
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FLEUR WIBER BUILDS A SWEET COUNTRY GROOVE ON ‘PLASTIC SKYSCRAPERS’

Sydney songwriter Fleur Wiber has impressed with her previous releases, both solo and with Chris Carrapetta. Her latest release is ‘Plastic Skyscrapers‘, a song that perfectly the blends classic and contemporary strains of country music, yet still with a gentle cosmic folk drift in its DNA. Drums shuffle, guitars twang & tumble along while a … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Sunset Stranger releases new pop-streaked cosmic country song/video
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Sunset Stranger releases new pop-streaked cosmic country song/video

Melbourne songwriter Sunset Stranger (Stephen E. Stanisic) has released the results of his latest trip to Rolling Stock Recording Rooms, under the guidance of producer Myles Mumford. ‘Prometheus Blues‘, out today via Bandcamp and streaming services, is an upbeat slice of kaleidoscopic folk, country and blues that dances lightly from the speakers. Guitars and dobro … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Phil Smith – That’s Love For You
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Phil Smith – That’s Love For You

Hobart-based songwriter Phil Smith has released, ‘That’s Love For You‘ the first single from his forthcoming new album Into The Night (early 2023) and we’re super happy to be able to premiere the video clip, directed by Bones, on PTW today. The single has that perfect melancholic alt-country sway, built on harmonica, perfectly placed and … Continue reading

ESSENTIAL AMERICANA ALBUMS: Bobby Charles – S/T
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ESSENTIAL AMERICANA ALBUMS: Bobby Charles – S/T

In the mid 1960s, Woodstock, New York was increasingly becoming a haven for musicians who wanted to escape the grind of New York City (or elsewhere) and draw inspiration from the wooded surrounds and the burgeoning creative community that was thriving there. The town of Woodstock had long been a focal point for artists, since … Continue reading

PHOTOS: Dashville Skyline, October 2022
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PHOTOS: Dashville Skyline, October 2022

Another incredible long weekend of cosmic country music in the idyllic surrounds of the Hunter Valley. A ton of highlights at the festival this year (as always) but my PTW gold star picks for this year go to Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats, Grace Cummings, Watty Thompson, Bud Rokesky, The Tall Stories, Sweet Talk, … 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

LADY LYON LAY DOWN GRIT AND GROOVE ON NEW SINGLE TEXAS GOLDEN
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LADY LYON LAY DOWN GRIT AND GROOVE ON NEW SINGLE TEXAS GOLDEN

Sydney group Lady Lyon have been impressing with each single release over the last couple of years and now they’re heading towards the release of their new EP Charity Bag, set for release in April 2023. They’v also been keeping busy with a string of opening slots for the likes of Jen Cloher, C.W. Stoneking, … Continue reading

CJ STRANGER RELEASES SOARING NEW SINGLE ‘YOU MAY RUN’
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CJ STRANGER RELEASES SOARING NEW SINGLE ‘YOU MAY RUN’

Following on from his excellent 2020 album Hey Stranger (and a subsequent single and EP), CJ Stranger has released the soaring and intricate new single ‘You May Run‘. At first glance it’s an upbeat folk rock sound but it quickly reveals multiple layers and dynamic twists and turns. The rhythmic strumming is reminiscent of some … Continue reading

WATTY THOMPSON RELEASES A BRILLIANT VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘CITY TO RUN’
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WATTY THOMPSON RELEASES A BRILLIANT VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘CITY TO RUN’

Melbourne singer-songwriter Watty Thompson has today released single number three from his forthcoming debut solo album on Cheatin’ Hearts Records. ‘City To Run‘ is an epic six minutes of folk spirited country music that runs the gamut of rollicking and rousing sing-along to ruminative musings on the challenges and hardships of city living and the … Continue reading

ADELAIDE AMERICANA/DREAM-POP EXPONENTS WORKHORSE RELEASE NEW VIDEO
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ADELAIDE AMERICANA/DREAM-POP EXPONENTS WORKHORSE RELEASE NEW VIDEO

Workhorse have had a huge national response to their new album No Photographs and rightly so, it’s a beautiful amalgam of country music and shoegaze/dream-pop, like Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star around a starlit desert campfire. The Kaurna land/Adelaide singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harriet Fraser-Barbour has today released the video clip for ‘Mary Maiden’, a reimagining of Joan Baez’ … 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

HENRY WAGONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE OF COSMIC COUNTRY BOOGIE
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HENRY WAGONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE OF COSMIC COUNTRY BOOGIE

Henry Wagons has today released his brand new single ‘(Don’t Be) Down And Out‘, the first taste of his new solo album, his first for Cheatin’ Hearts Records, which will be out in 2023. The song hits an irresistible and strutting, country funk groove with nimbly spiralling guitar and Henry playing the role of hoedown … Continue reading

FULL POWER HAPPY HOUR (QLD) RELEASE CATCHY NEW SINGLE ‘MEASUREMENTS’
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FULL POWER HAPPY HOUR (QLD) RELEASE CATCHY NEW SINGLE ‘MEASUREMENTS’

As we hurtle towards the start of spring in this part of the world it’s always nice synchronicity when a song comes along that feels like the aural and sonic equivalent of that sense of warmer days, a skip in the step and new growth. Brisbane-Meanjin indie-folk quintet Full Power Happy Hour have a brand … 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