The Cairos have been edging onto the scene steadily for the past few years, and have just released third EP Colours Like Features. Super-producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, Boy & Bear) took the Brisbane trio under his wing for this record, and the band has emerged with a polished, indie pop sound.
LA alternative rockers Silversun Pickups are back with their third record Neck Of The Woods, a step down a more experimental path with roomier sounds whilst still maintaining their trademark reverb and distortion.
First single off the record Skin Graph is the most catchy track on Neck Of The Woods with frontman and guitarist Brian Aubert’s signature vocals penetrating the rock-heavy tune.
Fame has been demystified enough for us to know that the adage “Fake it till you make it” does not go far enough. As a culture, we watch celebrities with such scrutiny, we understand that making it isn’t even half the battle – keeping it is what separates the stars from the starlets.
Lisa Mitchell is one of the great survivors from Australian Idol, the show that has turned into career suicide for most people who were involved. Instead of shitting in her own nest, she has taken time to find an audience and is all the better for the gestation.
Since Standing In the Way Of Control pushed Gossip out of punk clubs on to NME covers, the band has been caught between their countercultural roots and the pressure to build on their success. Music For Men was a decent compromise, but A Joyful Noise might be the point where the run stops.
Heaven might just be The Walkmen’s best record yet. Yes, you read that right: Heaven isn’t just the equal of the band’s critically acclaimed 2004 record, Bows + Arrows, it might be better.
If you take a peek at Mystery Jets’ album art for Radlands you’ll see it’s full of holiday snaps from their time in Austin, where most of the album was recorded. From the photos of their wooden house, Lucky Charm cereal, cactus and guns, you know this album is their American record.
There is a decidedly digital logic at play on Rætina, the debut album from local composer/producer Kynan Tan. Once sound becomes digital it becomes data and thus endlessly repeatable and malleable.