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)
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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

ALBUM REVIEW: Simone Felice | Strangers
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ALBUM REVIEW: Simone Felice | Strangers

Simone Felice returns with a new solo album that includes contributions from his kin The Felice Brothers and Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers. It finds him sounding more relaxed, mature and carefree than ever before and at under 40 minutes it’s a masterclass in economical, emotive and melodic songwriting. It harnesses the … Continue reading

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WATCH: Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers | Your Rattle & Your Roll

Fanny Lumsden and her band The Thrillseekers did a live session at Cleveland’s late in 2013. Here’s a great new song Your Rattle & Your Roll, gently overflowing with that magical melodicism that Lumsden seems to fill each song with. It’s set to be a big year for the band with plans to record and … Continue reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Basko Believes ~ Melancholic Melodies

by Chris Familton Swedish songwriter Johan Örjansson is the latest in a strong line of Scandinavians who manage to dial into authentic interpretations of folk and Americana. First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth and Kings of Convenience among others have nailed the melodic richness and vocal sensitivities of folk music and Örjansson is … Continue reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Henry Wagons, Fanny Lumsden @ Achoo! Bless You @ The Annandale Hotel, Sydney (10/11/12)

by Chris Familton Fanny Lumsden is one of those personalities for whom the phrase ‘born entertainer’ was created. Boundless energy, a warm and endearingly funny stage persona and a stellar voice are what made her set so appealing. Her band of country/folk players played a critical role in presenting Lumsden’s songs making her the real deal and … Continue reading