ALBUM REVIEW: Okkervil River – Away
Album Artwork / Album Reviews / Americana / Indie Folk / Rock / Stream

ALBUM REVIEW: Okkervil River – Away

Fans of Okkervil River may not have realistically been expecting a new album from Will Sheff – his stock seemed in decline and it felt like either a sea-change was needed or the band would drift away. The reset of the regular band did dissolve into the real world but Sheff eventually hit a purple patch … Continue reading

EP REVIEW: Packwood ~ Autumnal
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EP REVIEW: Packwood ~ Autumnal

Bayden Packwood Hine’s earlier releases were more rooted in traditional folk forms which makes this expansion into a beautifully ornate and intimate sound palette even more rewarding. He conjures up pastoral qualities via the instrumentation (woodwind, strings, banjo and many more) and wordless vocal harmonies that bring to mind wind, birdsong and other elements of … Continue reading

ON TOUR: Caitlin Harnett, Josh Rennie-Hynes & Liam Gerner announce tour
Alt-Country / Americana / Folk / Indie Folk / Tour

ON TOUR: Caitlin Harnett, Josh Rennie-Hynes & Liam Gerner announce tour

Fresh from their current house concert tour Caitlin Harnett and Josh Rennie-Hynes will be joined by Liam Gerner for a tour that will touch down in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA through the month of March. This will be a great chance to see three acclaimed singer songwriters on tour together. 11th MARCH 2015 | … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Houndmouth ~ Sedona
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NEW MUSIC: Houndmouth ~ Sedona

Houndmouth have released a second track from their upcoming LP Little Neon Limelight which is due for release on March 16th via Rough Trade Records. Recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega) the album features eleven songs and is available for preorder at the usual digital stores and … Continue reading

PTW Favourite Releases of 2014
Alt-Country / Americana / Bluegrass / Blues / Country / Folk / Freak Folk / Indie Folk / Rock / Soul / Southern Rock

PTW Favourite Releases of 2014

2014, what another great year for Americana music, especially here in Australia where the scene seems to be growing in leaps and bounds. An example of that was Love Police launching the inaugural Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne with a smaller version in Brisbane and a ton of sideshows in Sydney. All reports … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Newton ~ Set In Stone
Album Artwork / Album Reviews / Country / Folk / Indie Folk

ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Newton ~ Set In Stone

Sydney’s Sam Newton released his crowdfunded debut album a few months ago and it’s an accomplished collection of beautifully played and recorded songs that shows Newton’s wistful way with folk and sometimes country melodies. There’s an ornate quality to many of Newton’s songs with strings, piano and a number of other instruments all playing their … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Houndmouth ~ For No One
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NEW MUSIC: Houndmouth ~ For No One

Houndmouth produced one of my favourite albums of 2013 in From the Hills Below the City. Now finally we get a taste of their next album, due in 2015, with this track ‘For No One’. It’s a Felice Bros-esque acoustic slow-burning song, heavy on imagery with a passionate delivery from singer/songwriter Matt Myers. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett ~ The River Runs North
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ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett ~ The River Runs North

On her long-awaited debut album Caitlin Harnett finds a lush and harmonious middle ground between folk and country music. There’s a lightness to her music and voice in the vein of the carefree sound that came out of Laurel Canyon in the 1970s, with Joni Mitchell an obvious touchstone. Strings, harmonica, organ and horns enhance … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: First Aid Kit, Marlon Williams @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29.07.14)
Americana / Gig Reviews / Indie Folk

LIVE REVIEW: First Aid Kit, Marlon Williams @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29.07.14)

Marlon Williams graced the stage with just his shabby-chic hat and tie, acoustic guitar and a voice that left many spellbound for the majority of his opening set. The New Zealander, (now based in Melbourne) held long, wavering country notes, caressed lullaby-like tones and bullied out a gravelly blues delivery across originals and covers of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Little Bastard ~ Little Bastard
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ALBUM REVIEW: Little Bastard ~ Little Bastard

  The last few years has seen Little Bastard gain a reputation as one hell of a live band, the septet causing raucous, drunken partying with their punk-spirited folk and bluegrass. Now they’ve finally stepped off the road to try and bottle some of that stage magic on their debut album. The good news is … Continue reading