ALBUM REVIEW: Magpie Diaries – Sanctuary
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ALBUM REVIEW: Magpie Diaries – Sanctuary

As well as working tirelessly putting together festivals such as The Gum Ball and Dashville Skyline on his family property in the Hunter Valley of NSW, Matt ‘Magpie’ Johnson also finds time to write music with Magpie Diaries. Sanctuary is their debut album and finds them inhabiting a sweet spot right at the nexus of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Okey Dokey & Liz Cooper – Winnebago
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NEW MUSIC: Okey Dokey & Liz Cooper – Winnebago

The US might be deep in the throes of winter but down here in the Southern Hemisphere it’s hot, damn hot – and this track suits the weather just right. A warm, bucolic country soul tune that rolls and rambles along beautifully. Okey Dokey hail from Nashville and they teamed up with psych-soul singer Liz … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band – Quoting Sagan
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NEW MUSIC: James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band – Quoting Sagan

Here’s a great new (to us) voice – the six-piece James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band. Elements of folk rock, soul and country collide in this song that tumbles into a fine chorus before drifting back out into more reflective verses and shades of The Felice Brothers. The Glaswegian band released their second album High … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Jo Meares
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INTERVIEW: Jo Meares

TALES FROM TWO CITIES Jo Meares reveals the complicated process of recording his new album and how he learnt to embrace his own voice.  By Chris Familton Over a series of albums, Jo Meares has slowly whittled away at his craft of songwriting and the delicate placement of those songs on atmospheric musical canvases. Dark … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Savannah Conley – Same Old Eyes
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NEW MUSIC: Savannah Conley – Same Old Eyes

Savannah Conley has been getting a bit of attention of late, with her torch-song country soul sound. She’s got one of those voices that dances on melodies while searching the bottom of a whisky glass. ‘Same Old Eyes’, from her EP Twenty-Twenty, rides on a slow and lonely backbeat and shimmering guitars. Lovely stuff. If … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mel Parsons – Just ‘Cause You Don’t Want Me
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NEW MUSIC: Mel Parsons – Just ‘Cause You Don’t Want Me

New Zealander Mel Parsons is back with a brand new album Glass Heart, out tomorrow. ‘Just ‘Cause You Don’t Want Me’ is the second single from the Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello, Missy Higgins, Randy Newman, Lindsay Buckingham/Christine McVie) produced record and finds her dialling into a pop/rock 70s sound where the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Danny Golden – Hangover + Window
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NEW MUSIC: Danny Golden – Hangover + Window

Danny Golden is a songwriter based in Austin, TX and going on these tracks he draws from a wide stylistic palette. Aching country balladry mixed with acid-tinged guitar solos, Americana, astute lyric writing and a sense of humour. This year he release his album Old Love, featuring Spencer Garland (Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, PR … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas – Tasteless and Complacent
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NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas – Tasteless and Complacent

Benjamin Folk Thomas has just released his new album Modern Man on Aveline Records and one of the finest moments on the records is this track, ‘Tasteless and Complacement’. It’s a song that rides along with effortless momentum, wordless melodies cascading around the Swedish songwriter as he sings of dark clouds, acid rain, missing inspiration … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Johnathan Rice – Meet The Mother
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NEW MUSIC: Johnathan Rice – Meet The Mother

Johnathan Rice recently released this new single, ‘Meet The Mother’, that came from a conversation he had with Bill Murray. The song ebbs and flows and slowly build up with elements of Dylan-esque phrasing and power pop melodies. Rice is one half of Jenny and Jonny with Jenny Lewis and has toured with bands such … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – Stars
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NEW MUSIC: Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – Stars

It’s always great to hear new music from Tracy McNeil. She never fails to dial into a nostalgic feeling – whether it’s one of blooming love, fading romance, the innocence of youth or the optimism of future possibilities. ‘Stars’ does some of that and more, sounding like Fleetwood Mac and The War On Drugs in … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mark Edgar Stuart – Mad At Love
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NEW MUSIC: Mark Edgar Stuart – Mad At Love

Here’s a lovely ambling slice of country-folk courtesy of Memphis songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart. ‘Mad At Love’ is the title track from his new album (released Oct 12th) and is written from the point of view of a widow who lost her husband to cancer. It rides on a brisk rhythm and breezy melody that belies … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Hamish Anderson – No Good
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NEW MUSIC: Hamish Anderson – No Good

This is the latest single from Melbourne songwriter Hamish Anderson who has been picking up a fair bit of buzz in the US over the last few years. It’s a bluesy alt-country track that would sit comfortably alongside the more recent work of Ryan Adams. Clean production and definitely polished but it still has enough alt-country … Continue reading