While their Christmas album may have thrown out their numerology, She & Him stick to the basics with their fourth album, Volume 3. The pairing of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward has been a fruitful one both critically and commercially.
The irrepressible Iggy Pop is back and sounding anything but ready to die. Reunited not only with The Stooges, but also the second most important collaborator throughout his long career, guitarist James Williamson, Pop sounds inspired and artistic, and has made a far better album than 2007’s The Wierdness.
With very little promotion or fanfare, Fleetwood Mac released their first record in a decade at the end of last month, a four-track EP aptly titled Extended Play. The quintet-turned-quartet (Christine McVie chose to opt out), haven’t released anything since 2003’s See You Will, though each have undertaken various solo projects.
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Heavy metal albums are almost a dime-a-dozen nowadays, with very little to distinguish one from another of a similar genre. Thankfully, every now and then a gem lands in our listening library and truly blows us away.
Twenty One Pilots is the project of a relatively unknown duo from Ohio, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. Vessel is their third studio album, and is sure to garner them more exposure internationally, as it’s a cracking listen.
Adelaide bands Colourwheel and Goldentone made quite an impact on their local scene as well as venturing regularly to the Eastern States to find a loyal following. Sadly Perth didn’t have the chance to warm to their charms across its stages, but two of the main chaps from the aforementioned bands are together again in a new project The Low-Fi Cowboys.
Tim Presley is pretty much the Samuel Beckett of garage rock. All the stuff he uses is familiar by themselves (tape loops, John Lennon impersonations, riffs), but the in combining them he revels in making the simple incomprehensible.
Travel has been kind to Krista Polvere. The singer/songwriter moved from Adelaide to Melbourne where she made quite a splash on the local scene, before a trip to New York to get a closer look at the folk scene saw her cross paths with Ryan Adams. It was this friendship that made many turn their ears towards Polvere’s classy debut.
It is not often today that one hears poetic lyrics that compliment the melody, however, on this occasion Australian singer/composer Leigh Carriage has hit the trifecta, voice, words and music.