ALBUM REVIEW: Andy Golledge – Strength Of A Queen
Album Artwork / Album Reviews / Alt-Country / Americana / Australia / Cosmic Country / Rock

ALBUM REVIEW: Andy Golledge – Strength Of A Queen

ANDY GOLLEDGE STRENGTH OF A QUEEN I OH YOU If you’re looking for an early contender for Australian Americana album of the year then you’re reading the right review. Andy Golledge has been a mainstay of the local scene in Sydney for at least half a dozen years now. He’s a lynchpin of sorts with … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Creative Flow of River Dreams
Album Artwork / Alt-Country / Americana / Australia / Cosmic Country / Folk / Folk Rock / Interviews / Videos

INTERVIEW: The Creative Flow of River Dreams

For River Dreams’ debut album Small Paintings, the pandemic served as the impetus, rather than a deterrent, for recording sessions to take place. Sydney musician and songwriter Carl Manwarring had been playing around the city’s Inner West bars, pubs and bowling clubs under his own name for a number of years, following an initial foray … Continue reading

CHRIS CARRAPETTA RELEASES HIS ODE TO MARRICKVILLE
Alt-Country / Americana / Australia / New Music / Stream

CHRIS CARRAPETTA RELEASES HIS ODE TO MARRICKVILLE

With a supremely catchy sound, Sydney songwriter Chris Carrapetta has released a melodic gem with ‘Making Me Smile (On The Marrickville Mile)’. A self-described song about “the area that I live in, the cultural & artistic hub of Marrickville, Sydney”, there’s a wonderful and wistful Wilco meets Big Star vibe going on as he hits … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Fleur Wiber & Chris Carrapetta – Killing The Blues
Alt-Country / Country / New Music / Stream

NEW MUSIC: Fleur Wiber & Chris Carrapetta – Killing The Blues

Sydney artists Fleur Wiber and Chris Carrapetta have come together to record an album’s worth of their favourite alt-country covers during lockdown and the first superb track they’ve released from it is is a version of Rowland Salley‘s ‘Killing the Blues’. Salley is the bassist for Chris Isaak and his best known song has been … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: River Dreams – Landscape
Alt-Country / Americana / Cosmic Country / Folk Rock / New Music / Stream

NEW MUSIC: River Dreams – Landscape

River Dreams take a step closer to the release of the debut album Small Paintings, due out in 2021. The nom de plume of Sydney songwriter/band leader Carl Manwarring, River Dreams is nuanced songwriting par-excellence. There are elements of dark folk rock, alt-country, and a rolling and evocative, baroque indie rock sound in his songs. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: K. Walsh – Party Of One
Alt-Country / Americana / Cosmic Country / New Music / Psychedelic / Rock / Stream

NEW MUSIC: K. Walsh – Party Of One

Ripper of a track from Sydney, yet another top shelf release from the Evening Records crew. K. Walsh (Kevin to his mum) treads a finely balanced line between country and the interesting side of rock music. There are strummed electric guitars and walking bass lines mingling with handclaps, psych guitar sounds and most rewardingly, some … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Iain T. McKelvey – Writer’s Lament
Alt-Country / Americana / Folk / New Music / premiere / Videos

VIDEO PREMIERE: Iain T. McKelvey – Writer’s Lament

Sydney songwriter Iain T. McKelvey has released a new solo single ‘Writer’s Lament‘ on Evening Records and we’re very pleased to premiere the video clip today. Combining footage of McKelvey and the beautiful cosmic illustrated animations of Bec O’Brien (AKA Darby) that were hand drawn, frame by frame, the clip taps in to the metamorphosis … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Harvey Russell – Gave You Flowers
Americana / Country / Honky Tonk / New Music / Videos

NEW MUSIC: Harvey Russell – Gave You Flowers

Harvey Russell’s latest single ‘Gave You Flowers’ rounds out the highly successful campaign for his 2019 country music album Liquid Damage. ‘Gave You Flowers’ kicks along with a honky tonk twang and country rock swagger as he details the well-intentioned but ultimately failed efforts of making up for bad behaviour. Russell’s band The Widowmakers provide the requisite quick-footed, toe-tapping swing and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Iain T. McKelvey & The Midnight Tangos – Raise Your Wine
Alt-Country / Americana / Cosmic Country / New Music / Stream

NEW MUSIC: Iain T. McKelvey & The Midnight Tangos – Raise Your Wine

Evening Records out of Sydney town are slowly but surely building a wonderful roster of artists and releases, the latest of which looks to be Iain T. McKelvey and the Midnight Tangos. ‘Raise Your Wine’ has a wonderfully warm and rolling feel to it. Circling around the piano (Carl Manwarring of River Dreams), the guitar … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Carpenter And The Banks Brothers – Introducing…
Album Artwork / Album Reviews / Country / Honky Tonk / Videos

ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Carpenter And The Banks Brothers – Introducing…

Michael Carpenter has always had one foot in the the world of country music and the other in power pop and rock. He’s also incredibly prolific as a producer, songwriter and musician – alway with multiple projects on the go. His latest is a collaboration with The Banks Brothers (Zane and Jy-Perry) who have built themselves … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Sam Newton – Burning Bridges
Americana / Country / Folk / Indie Folk / New Music / Soul / Stream

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: Big Dog – Cowboy
Alt-Country / Americana / Cosmic Country / New Music / Psychedelic / Stream

NEW MUSIC: Big Dog – Cowboy

I love the way this track lazily bounces along, draped in jangly cosmic twang and has this wonderfully swelling, spiralling feel, like it could spin on and out forever. It features the warmly melodic lead vocal of Netta Dor, who says of the song… “I love that final chorus. Where everyone becomes entangled with each … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – Late Night Essentials
Album Artwork / Album Reviews / Americana / Cosmic Country / Soul / Stream

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