NEW MUSIC: Ruby Gilbert – No Vacancy
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NEW MUSIC: Ruby Gilbert – No Vacancy

Ruby Gilbert recently released her new single ‘No Vacancy’, a song that nestles beautifully between dreamy country and a more soulful, vintage Americana sound with electric slide guitar and trumpet. Noir aesthetics of bruised romance and helplessness run through the song. “’No Vacancy’ is about the early stages of a romance and the inevitability of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Sam Newton – Burning Bridges
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NEW MUSIC: Sam Newton – Burning Bridges

Sydney songwriter Sam Newton continues his run of impressive singles in 2021 with ‘Burning Bridges’. The soulful Americana track has a classic Ryan Adams feel in the music, with gentle organ notes ringing out amid the delicate yet ornate percussion of Reuben Alexander and the sweetly balanced backing vocals by Rebecca Ursino. Newton knows how … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Elizabeth King – Living In The Last Days
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NEW MUSIC: Elizabeth King – Living In The Last Days

Produced by Fat Possum Records’ Bruce Watson, this is a pretty irresistible slice of upbeat sacred soul from the 77 year old Memphis soul gospel queen Elizabeth King, who released her first single back in 1970. ‘Living In the Last Days’ is the title track to her debut album on the Memphis imprint Bible and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Fenn Wilson – Love Again [video]
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NEW MUSIC: Fenn Wilson – Love Again [video]

Melbourne songwriter Fenn Wilson returns with his first new single since the release of his Ghost Heroin album in 2019. It’s a deeply emotive song, crafted initially from sparse instrumentation before swelling into a dark and richly textured, country-folk slow burner – built on Fenn’s soaring croon of a voice. Now signed with Cheatin’ Hearts … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – Late Night Essentials
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ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – Late Night Essentials

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys Late Night Essentials Evening Records Caitlin Harnett’s 2014 debut album The River Runs North was an accomplished exercise in confessional, acoustic-based contemporary folk with a strength of songwriting at its core. As part of a an established collective of movers and shakers in the Sydney Americana scene – aiding … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Killer Bee – Bluebird
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NEW MUSIC: Killer Bee – Bluebird

After a stint in federal prison for bank robbery, singer-songwriter Killer Bee (Danny Walker) decamped to Southern California last year and has written an album, When The Soul Lies Down In That Grass, featuring this track ‘Bluebird’. There’s a heartfelt simplicity and rawness to the song with just an acoustic guitar and a raspy voice … Continue reading

NEWS: Hiss Golden Messenger announce new album and release new single/video
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NEWS: Hiss Golden Messenger announce new album and release new single/video

Hiss Golden Messenger‘s M.C. Taylor has announced that the new album Quietly Blowing It will be released via Merge Records on June 25th. To mark the announcement, he’s released a video for the song ‘If It Comes In The Morning’, a wandering slow and soulful song, complete with shimmering keys and a lonesome saxophone. The … Continue reading

FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS 2020
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FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS 2020

Lists! We have a couple for you as usual as we wind down at the end of another year. I won’t rabbit on about the trials and tribulations of 2020, the good news was that the music still came down the pipeline with the same amount of quality and reward. We’ll have our overall list … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Abigail Lapell – Halfway To Mexico
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NEW MUSIC: Abigail Lapell – Halfway To Mexico

‘Halfway To Mexico’, taken from Abigail Lapell‘s 2019 album Getaway, is a beatifully languid and humid folk song that eases along on the back of her wonderfully expressive way with melodies that dance through the song. The Toronto vocalist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist has released two acclaimed solo albums – Hide Nor Hair, her sophomore LP, … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet
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ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet

Lately I’ve been listening to and writing about the sound of ambient country music. I guess it’s the state of the world – but quieter, more ruminative and relaxing sounds have become even more important than ever of late. There are the traditional ambient go-to’s such as Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassall, Williams Basinski and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Scarecrow & Do What Fits
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NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Scarecrow & Do What Fits

Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada songwriter David James Allen is a man for all seasons. He cites some of his skills as graphic artist, DIY record producer and poet and he clearly takes that polymorphic approach with his music; effortlessly blending country, folk, psych and pop sounds into a wonderful kaleidoscopic sound that could easily … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Micah Edwards – I Never Like It When You Leave
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NEW MUSIC: Micah Edwards – I Never Like It When You Leave

Super smooth and soulful jazz and country-blues flavoured sounds on this new single from Micah Edwards. The song has a lightness of touch about it that makes those melodies damn hard to shake. Perfect for this time of year as we head into spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Edwards hails from Houston and other than … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers

Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers Fat Possum Records / Inertia The evolution of one of the most consistently rewarding songwriters in recent years continues with this devastating treatise and rumination on heartbreak, despair and emotional renewal. Courtney Marie Andrews has taken the tried and true subject of the end of a long-term relationship and bled … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews (2020)
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INTERVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews (2020)

AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION Thousands of songs have been written about heartbreak but on her latest album, Old Flowers, Courtney Marie Andrews has found a captivating way to breathe honesty and intimacy into the subject matter. By Chris Familton It’s late in the afternoon in Nashville, TN and Courtney Marie Andrews is reflecting on her past … Continue reading