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

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: Fanny Lumsden – Real Class Act
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ALBUM REVIEW: Fanny Lumsden – Real Class Act

Fanny Lumsden continues to go from strength to strength, building her fiercely independent brand of autobiographical country and folk music. Playing country hall shows, living and traveling in a caravan and covering all corners of Australia, she’s living as boldly as she’s working hard and this album, her second full-length, finds her documenting those adventures … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Iron & Wine – Beast Epic
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ALBUM REVIEW: Iron & Wine – Beast Epic

Sam Beam returns with his sixth album and it finds him returning to his earlier sound where the music is stripped back, relatively unadorned and existing in it’s own unhurried world. By recording live, with minimal overdubs, Beam has ensured the focus is on a clear and detailed presentation of the songs, his warm and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Okkervil River – Away
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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
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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
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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
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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