The Way Back Home, a Masterpiece from Hillary Capps


Indie Artist

Hillary Capps – The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home, A Masterpiece from Hillary Capps

It seems appropriate that after a hiatus from reviewing in which I have had to deal with deeply personal issues, that the first song I should review upon my return is the deeply personal and intimate “The Way Back Home” from New York singer-songwriter, Hillary Capps.

 

This song is a message of love designed for one person only. Over the top of a simple, strummed guitar, Capps sings to an unknown lover – “light my way back home so I can love you know now, every bit as much as I did then”. The lyrics impart a yearning for a relationship as it used to be “way back when” and looks forward to a rapprochement that might never come – “Hold me, keep me, don’t leave me when I’m gone”. The intimacy of the lyrics is perfectly reflected in the haunting vocals and understated production – only the cello interlude serves to embellish the (superb) acoustic minimalism of the production.

 

The title track from Capps’ forthcoming album, “The Way Back Home” is a masterpiece of understatement. To have this appear on my desk at this moment in my life was fortuitous, the lyrics reflecting some of the thoughts going through my mind in this difficult period of my life. Hillary Capps is a songwriter of note and “The Way Back Home” is a track that deserves to be heard by all.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

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New Indie Rock Music from East Of Zurich Band


Indie Rock Band

EAST OF ZURICH – ‘ROLL OVER’

New Indie Rock Music from East Of Zurich Band

Indie rock is much beloved here in Brisbane, Australia. From Powderfinger and Regurgitator in the 90s, through to Violent Soho and Dune Rats now, this city has a soft spot for guitar-driven (melodic) rock music. So, I predict that the music of East of Zurich should go over well in their hometown and that the band’s latest single, “Roll Over”, should be a hit on 4ZZZ.

 

Comprising of Martin Brabec, David Simpendorfer, Nick Ng and Anthony Timbrell, East of Zurich’s brand of indie rock harkens back not only to the early 90s, but also to the garage band sounds of 80s Australian acts such as The Stems and Hoodoo Gurus. Indeed, Timbrell states that the lyrics for “Roll Over” were inspired by an idea to make a “rollicking surf song in the spirit of Hoodoo Gurus”.

The track is solid, a kind of medium-paced ballad overlaid with lush organ sounds, rounded off with earthy production values.

 

Listening to “Roll Over”, you would never guess that East of Zurich have only been playing together for the last 18 months. On the strength of this, one can only imagine how strong their songwriting will be in 18 months from now.

 

Due for release on 6th March.

 

Simon says 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Music Review Rating

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Who is Tyra Jutai Going To Send Her Nudes To Now?


Indie Pop Artist

Tyra Jutai – Nudes

Who is Tyra Jutai Going To Send Her Nudes To Now?

“Who do I send my nudes to?” was never a line I thought I would find myself singing out aloud. Because I am old and out of shape, I have never even thought of uttering the words. But thanks to the instantly catchy refrain of “Nudes” by Toronto artist Tyra Jutai, I found myself doing exactly that upon my very first listen.

 

From her forthcoming EP, “Nudes” showcases the jazzy vocal style and quirky electronic pop of this talented singer and producer. Jutai takes elements of modern pop production and mixes them with a music box motif that sets the sound of this track apart. Over the top of this she sings to an ex – giving every hint that she still wants to be with him, before asking the question that forms the chorus – “Who do I send my nudes to?”

 

Jutai has a voice that is harkens back to a world of sultry torch singers and smoky basement bars. It is a voice I thoroughly enjoyed. Indeed, I really enjoyed this track – sassy, quirky and well-produced – I am just a little concerned I might find myself singing its ever-so catchy hook in inappropriate places (like on the bus!).

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

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Electronic Downbeat Minimalism New Music from OAFF


Electronic Indie Artist

OAFF – HEAVY HANDED

Electronic Downbeat Minimalism New Music from OAFF

There is a certain sound that is associated with the more commercial end of the electronic music spectrum in this part of the twenty-first century – a kind of downbeat minimalism coupled with vocals that are at once ethereal yet earthbound. It is this sound that we hear on “Heavy Handed” the new single by OAFF, from his upcoming album “Feeling is Thinking”.

 

Hailing from Mumbai, OAFF has taken the sounds of minimal electronic music and added to it a pop sensibility best heard in the vocals of featured singer Kayan.a. The kind of stripped down production on display here is not easy to do, but OAFF pulls it off well, combining deep bass with sonic flourishes that serve to add flavor to the track. Best of all is the guitar line that finishes the track and that is sometimes hinted at throughout. Over the top of this we hear Kayan.a.’s vocals – a kind of “exhausted” delivery style that both compliments and elevates the song.

 

Due for release on 21 February, “Heavy Handed” should find success. With solid online streaming figures online, this track will only serve to build the profile of OAFF.

 

Simon says 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Ella Fence is Not Afraid To Push The Boundaries with New EP


Australian Independent Singer

Ella Fence – All I Do Is Think EP

Ella Fence is Not Afraid To Push The Boundaries With New EP

It seems appropriate that the new EP from Ella Fence, “All I Do Is Think”, released on Valentine’s Day, 2020 – Appropriate, that is, if you like your yearly celebration of forced affection served up with a dash of irony.

 

The three songs that comprise this EP all explore different moods and textures – from the party stylings of “Pink Mojitos”, to the more middle of the road “She’s Looking Pretty”, and on to the more experimental electronics and introspective approach of “Japan”. Nonetheless, what holds this collection together is an almost ironic reflection on the topics of love and relationships.  Fence proudly declares in the opener that she is “not gonna give a f**k about this night” and closes “Japan” with the line, “I think I’m gonna work on me”. Traditional love songs these are not.

 

This is a well-produced set of electronic pop music that is not afraid to push the boundaries of the genre. And above it all soars Fence’s voice – a transcendent instrument that milks the emotions out of often understated lyrics. Like her track, “Love Me On Purpose”, that I reviewed last year, I enjoyed these tracks. As a person who does not choose to listen to pop music, it is always a pleasant surprise to hear an artist that I not only enjoy, but who is also a radio-friendly proposition.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars

4 Star Rating

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Pools of Talent In Electronic Music Underground 


Electronic Music Album

Future Sounds Anthology Vol. 1

 

It’s great to get away for a holiday, but it does mean that you can miss some music releases. My first review of the year is of an album that came out on January 3 whilst I was busy exploring the charms of Scotland.

 

Future Sounds Anthology Vol. 1, is a compilation of tracks by artists from the Electronic Music Alliance (EMA), released through the group’s imprint, Electronic Alliance Records. At 20 tracks and just on 99 minutes, this album runs the gamut of electronic music styles – from the computer game soundtrack stylings of the opening track “Shadow on the Path (Synth Mix)” by iconDARK, to the jazz-infused chill of “Empty Playground” by Naked Congress, onto the harder dance end of the spectrum on tracks like “Black Museum” by Electrostatic Nightmare Disco.

 

With such a wide range of top-end electronic music on offer, it is hard to pick favourites – nonetheless, for me the wonky bass of “Those Days Are Gone” by Pulp Stereo, the slow build of “Shatter” by Eonlake and the sublime trip-hop of “Don’t Tell” by Skyline Tigers were all standouts. Having said that, this is an album full of gems and will most certainly hold up to repeat listenings. Who knows what will stand as my favourites in five listens from now?

 

The EMA has certainly come a long way in its first year. Founders Bufinjer, DaveyHub and Nicky Havey are to be congratulated on bringing together a pool of such talent and for curating such a fine sampler of what is happening in the present-day electronic music underground. The Future Sounds Anthology Vol. 1 is a must listen.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5 Star Rating

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B.KNOX Latest Single Is Like A Landscape Painting Thats Big, Broad and Beautiful


Folk Singer

B.Knox

“The Fault Lies”

Singer songwriter B.Knox confirms my belief that good things come out of Canada. He rides that line between country and folk music with ease. A teacher by profession, Knox gives his listeners a lesson in life with his songs.

 

His latest single, The Fault Lies is like a landscape painting, one that is big, broad and beautiful. It conveys feelings of loss, change and emptiness, with a bittersweet edge.

 

Here’s how Knox describes the song,

 

“Shifting seasons present stark and beautiful backdrops for changing love.

The movement from loss and regret to unapologetic acceptance draws heavily from both of my self-acknowledged wells of inspiration – heartbreak and landscape.”

 

This is his fourth single, with his earlier tracks Deep, Dark Love, Living with a Shadow and Corners all demonstrating a talent and a connection with the darker side of life. He is moody and melancholic, and wonderful. I’m a fan.

 

He is promising to release a full album, “Heartbreak and Landscape” during 2020. I’m looking forward to seeing where this guy will take us.

 

His music is available now on most streaming platforms.

 

Jacqueline Gives 4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5 Star Rating

 

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Explore some Garage Rock From Primitive State


Garage Rock Band

Primitive State

Frank Starr Rock Zappa

Normally I would give a bit of biographical information on the artists I review to provide some context for the reader. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot to go on with “Primitive State” except that it is a garage rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed by Troy Thomas after his father died and needed an outlet for what he was feeling.

 

On their latest album, “Frank Starr Rock Zappa”, “Primitive State” explore a from of indie rock that is part Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, part Pixies and Nirvana, part American gothic-era Nick Cave (think Henry’s Dream) and just a little bit Tom Waits. These are tracks that hint at tumbleweed, heat and life on the wrong side of the tracks. Standouts for me were “Streetwalker”, with its rock and roll swagger, the mariachi groove of “Wishbone” and the punk blast of “Hello God Again”. However, it is worth mentioning that this is a solid from start to finish – an homogenous album rather than just a collection of songs.

 

“Frank Starr Rock Zappa” is rough around the edges in places, but that is as it should be. Rock and roll is not meant to be polished – rather, it is meant to be (a little) raw and a challenge to the increasing sterility of our world. I enjoyed this album and would suggest that you take some time over the holiday season to give it a listen yourself.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

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Boring Tapes Will Take You BAck To A Good Place


Electronica Duo

The Boring Tapes

“Butterfly”

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, The Boring Tapes is the project of Hiromu Koinuma (Vocal,Guitar,Bass,Keyboards & Programming) and Sota Kodera (Chorus,Bass,Keyboards,Percussion & Programming). Inspired by indie rock, shoegaze and electronica, the duo produce music that is both modern in its sensibilities and retro in the sounds and feelings it evokes.

 

From their third EP “Samasara”, “Butterfly is a deceptively simple track characterized by sweeping synths, an 80s bass line, subtle funk guitar and wistful vocal lines that take the listener to a nostalgic place – a place that is better – a place that is longed for. It also is not over-polished, relying instead on a warm production style that only adds to the overall sound.

 

Accompanied by a wonderfully understated music video directed by Minasamez Paradise, this is a strong track that hints at a production duo whose stature will only build. “Butterfly” is sure to find an audience in the current music market – a market that, at its best, is characterized by a willingness to blend previous genre conventions into something new. Whilst I didn’t have the chance to check out the rest of the EP, if the single is anything to go buy, it should be a very good listen indeed

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

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Byron Langley Releases World Class Debut Indie-Pop EP

Byron Langley Releases World Class Debut Indie-Pop EP


Actor, Model, Indie Artist

Byron Langley

“Light On”

Released on December 3, the Light On EP from London-based artist Byron Langley is a collection of indie-pop tracks with hints of electronica and rock. The South African-born Langley has crafted a collection of tracks here that will easily find a home on commercial radio.

 

“Light On” kicks off with “Higher”. The light, folk-infused opening of this track gives way to a synth-driven pop chorus that encapsulates a great number of the styles to be found on the remainder of the EP. “In Tune” is a breezy folk-pop track, which is followed by the rockier “Gold”, which again demonstrates the artist’s ability to write big, catchy choruses. Next up is the title track, which drops the pace and reintroduces some more of the electronic elements found in the opener. However, it is the closing track, “Westside” that is the standout for me. Starting with moody guitars and a low-down rock sensibility, the track takes a left field turn and introduces a big drum and bass breakdown. This bolt from out of the blue serves to take what could have been a fairly somber end track to an energetic and exciting closing note.

 

Langley is a good songwriter – the lyrics here speak of the mental battle of fighting through addiction and depression – the choruses are earworms and the production throughout is world-class. I am sure the Light On EP will be a success and that we will be hearing a lot more from Byron Langley in future.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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Electro Band

Cabinet Of Millionaires VS Zion Train

“Stop The Coup”

The British election is scheduled for the 12 December and it is fair to say that it will take place in a Britain that has suffered under the yoke of an austerity politics that has seen inequality increase and where the issue of Brexit has polarized the population. Into this space step Cabinet of Millionaires vs Zion Train and their “Stop The Coup” EP.

The politics of this track are clear – Boris Johnson is the clear villain and Cabinet of Millionaires launch a scathing attack on the current PM’s Conservative Party government, referencing the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the failure to take in enough refugees (whilst selling arms), and the dismantling of the country’s National Health Service.

Whilst this pull-no-punches political attack may sound unappealing to some listeners, what sells this track is the musicality and production. The original “Pfeffel Mix” is an exercise in dub-infused, slick electro with a soulful vocal that asks to “tell you about Boris”, interspersed with samples calling out the problems of Johnson’s policies. The second, “Darcus meets Acid House Therapy remix” takes the track and adds dubstep and acid elements, while the final, Mikk Stupp Remix, is a beefed-up drum and bass workout (and my personal favourite).

Whilst this track may not win over those who will follow the populist Johnson no matter what (a one-eyed devotion that is also shown by Trumpists on the other side of the Atlantic), it should nonetheless serve as a rallying call to those who may currently be prevaricating. Due for release on December 6 through Chocolate Fireguard Records, this is a timely track indeed.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

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Australia’s Jordz Releases Debut Chill Single Aptly Titled Bushfire


Electronic Indie Artist

Jordz

“Bushfire”

Those of you living outside of Australia may not be aware that large parts of the country have been up in flames throughout the month of November. Lives have been lost, properties have been destroyed, and koala populations have been decimated. So it was with a degree of trepidation that I pushed play on the track I was to review for this week – a track titled “Bushfire”.

 

The creation of 19-year-old Melbourne producer and DJ, “Bushfire” is a mid-tempo piece of EDM infused pop music that charts the artist’s flight from the encroaching flames that threaten to end her. Starting with the ominous sounds of helicopters, we soon find out that our protagonist is “stuck in a cloud of smoke” and that “there is nothing (she) can do”. Coupled with the melancholy instrumentation, we are left thinking that the narrative will have only one ending. However, the story reaches a happy (ish) conclusion and Jordz proclaims that “there is something (she) can do”.

 

Despite my initial misgivings, I was won over by this track. The narrative builds a quiet tension and the production is first rate (an opinion borne out by the fact that at just 16, Jordz won the Monash University ‘Emerging Producer Prize of 2017’).  It is encouraging to know that there are such talented young songwriters emerging in Australia. I look forward to seeing where this artist’s journey takes her.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

Australia’s Jordz Releases Debut Chill Single Aptly Titled Bushfire

 

 

Feel Good Vibes in Big Doses from Indie Band The Goldhearts

Indie Rock Band

The Goldhearts

“Stars”

Back in my university days, I was fortunate enough to experience a music environment in which you could tune into the national “youth radio” and hear the sounds of grunge one moment and the twang and joy of Britpop the next. Not only that, but you could then attend festivals such as Livid, The Big Day Out and Triple Z Market Day where you could see those very artists perform live.

 

Listening to Gold Coast band, The Goldhearts, led by singer Margy Joughin, I was transported back to those days. Borrowing equally from The Breeders and James, The Goldhearts make a brand of indie guitar pop that delivers feel good vibes in big doses. Their latest single, Stars, is a catchy number that combines grunge, pop and a little country twang into an infectious blend. The song doesn’t hold back with its positive message, with the chorus declaring, “It’s going to be alright now”. In the words of the band, this is a celebration of bliss free summer living that has been a long time coming.

 

Stars is an unapologetically fun song. Full of great guitar licks, catchy vocals and a mid-tempo groove that will have you swinging (and singing) along, you need to take some time to give it a listen.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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The Factory’s New Pop Single WIll Have you Dancing On The TAble 

Indie Pop Band

THE FACTORY

“Too Close To Get Closer”

The key to a good pop song is a hook that worms its way into your memory and refuses to leave. We have all had that experience of suddenly humming away a melody that we may not have heard in years. This is what happens when a good hook has taken up residence in our subconscious.

 

Norwegian pop four piece The Factory have managed to achieve this feat on their latest track, Too Close To Get Closer. In the words of the band, it is a feel-good song about a feel-bad theme; being desperately in love with your friend. Based around a solid bass groove, and big synth sounds, the track wastes little time on arriving at its catchy chorus.

 

Starting our at the tender age of ten years old and having lived together now for several years, the members of The Factory obviously work well together and produce tight modern pop music inspired by the likes of Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. They also know how to write a damn fine hook and it is for that reason that…

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

Website: https://www.thefactoryband.com/

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The Factory’s New Pop Single Will Have you Dancing On The Table 

Catherine Duc ‘Till The Daylight’ Remix Ben Hobbs  

Producer Mixer

Ben Hobbs

“Blind To You”

(Catherine Duc “Till The Daylight” Remix)

The remix is an interesting beast. The remixer is tasked with taking songs that have been carefully crafted by their creators (and never forget, the creators of these tracks can sometimes be very jealous guardians indeed) and turning them into something new. The real trick for the remixer is to respect the original whilst unearthing something in the track that may have previously gone unnoticed – to reveal aspects of the track that were hidden in plain sight. The remixer’s task is thus a delicate one – to simultaneously uphold and move beyond the source material.

 

Melbourne-based, Grammy nominee Catherine Duc manages to find this balance on her remix of Blind To You by Ben Hobbs. Duc has taken the sun-drenched eighties-electro of Hobbs’ track and molded it into a kind of lush late night R&B version that still gives nods to the beach vibes of the original. The presence of some of her stated influences (Deep Forest and Enigma) are evident in the sweeping synth pads here and the understated arrangement. Evoking the gentle swell of the ocean, Duc’s production successfully reveals the seductive lyricism of Hobbs’ song.

 

This is a solid track. Duc obviously understands her craft and has produced a remix here that both pays homage to and moves beyond its source material.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

 

 

 

Prime Creation Create Prime Metal Music with Tears Of Rage  

Metal Band

Prime Creation

“Tears Of Rage”

What is it about Scandinavian countries and heavy metal? Is there something in the water in that part of the world that breeds so many excellent metal bands? I really wish I knew and one day I will visit that part of the world to try and answer the question for myself.

 

For the time being though, I will listen again and again to Tears of Rage, the second album from Swedish melodic metal band, Prime Creation. Consisting of Esa Englund on vocals, Robin Arnell on Lead guitar, Rami Tainamo on rhythm guitar, Henrik Weimedal on bass and Kim Arnell, Prime Creation make a version of metal whose roots can be clearly traced back to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (particularly Iron Maiden), but that also incorporates so much more.

 

From the industrial sounds that open Pretend Till The End and A Beggar’s Call, to the groove metal riff in All For My Crown, the power metal choruses of tracks like Before The Rain and the constant nods to modern black metal acts such as Abbath, Prime Creation have molded a sound here that is greater than the sum of its parts.

 

At the heart of each track are the impressive vocals of Englund, whose style is obviously influenced by Bruce Dickinson. His delivery is underpinned by the awesome musicianship and songwriting of the rest of the band, whose songs move from the pummeling to the sublime and everywhere in between.

 

Standout tracks for me were Lost in Shade, with is Fear Factory-esque opening riff, Before the Rain (love that chorus!), All For My Crown and the driving power metal of the title track. Having said that, this is one of those rare albums that contains no filler at all – every track stands as a triumph in its own right.

 

This is simply one of the best metal albums I have heard in long time. I will be recommending it to every metal-loving friend I have. If I could give it a higher rating I would, but for now…

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

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Understated and Empowering New Music from Ella Fence 

Australian Singer Indie

Ella Fence

“Love Me On Purpose”

Human contact can be fleeting and unfulfilling. This is especially true of those moments when we reach for something more – when we reach for intimacy. We long for something greater, but often we are left wanting.

 

This is the problem addressed by Australian artist Ella Fence on her latest single, Love Me On Purpose. The second track from her debut album, Love Me On Purpose demands more than the fleeting contact of a night together. Rather than a “flakey” love fueled by the vibrancy of the night, Fence requires her potential partner to “love me in the daytime” – to be part of the ongoing fabric of her life.

 

Backed by crisp, understated electronic production that adds a somewhat ominous air to the lyrics, this is a song of empowerment – a statement of intent from an artist who is not willing to settle for less than what she wants. This is modern pop music stripped of the saccharine graces that too frequently undermines the genre. And I like it.

 

Available now, I highly recommend giving Love Me On Purpose a listen. I look forward to seeing Ella play it live at the Hidden Lanes Festival in Brisbane later this month.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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Step Back In Time New Music Premiere From Dallas Cosmas

Indie Artist

Dallas Cosmas

“If You Don’t Know Where You Came From”

I love Exile on Main St-era Rolling Stones. I also love the early albums of Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes. The reason I mention this is because I can hear shades of these artists in the latest single from Melbourne-based musician, Dallas Cosmas.

 

From the upcoming album “Alpha Beta Gamma” (due for release 11 October), “If You Don’t Know Where You Came From” is a funky, slow groove punctuated by wonderful gospel harmonies. Over a slinky electronic piano riff that would not be out of place on a 70s Herbie Hancock release, Cosmas delivers an impassioned vocal, reminding the listener, “If you don’t know where you came from, then you don’t know where you’re going to”. The song breaks for an uplifting middle eight that provides instrumental reinforcement of the underlying, positive message.

 

Whilst the track is strong, what really stood out for me upon listening to it for the first time is the production. The sounds on offer here and the way they have been mixed are not of this time. Rather, they take you back in time to bands like the Stones, Stevie Wonder and Ohio Players to name but a few. In a world of homogenous production and sound design, this is definitely a plus. For me, this is the true strength of “If You Don’t Know Where You Came From” and I hope to hear more of it on the upcoming album.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

 

 

 

Indie Rock Band Lazybones “Trash Talk” Full Of Gusto and Energy

Australian Indie Band

Lazybones

“Trash Talk”

The latest track from Brighton-based alt-rock trio Lazybones, is one hell of a fun listen. “Trash Talk”, due for release on October 9th through SaySomething Records, is unabashed, trashy rock and roll that is about  “That moment when you know you’re about to say something you’ll regret, when you’re right on the edge and you just can’t stop it.”

 

Like a poppy version of Australia’s Cosmic Psychos, Lazybones waste no time in getting into the track – not a second of the three minutes is wasted. Over the top of this lean song driven by a driving, distorted bass and pounding drums, vocalist Candi Underwood delivers her lyrics with such urgency it seems her life might just depend on it. (Again, I was reminded of another great Aussie band here – Dallas Frasca.)

 

“Trash Talk” is an excellent song, full of energy and gutsy, rock n roll bravado. I would highly recommend checking it out and (if you live in the UK) getting along to one of their live shows. I am sure that, just like this track, their performances would one hell of a fun ride.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

Sydney Singer, Peta Mai Releases Smashing New Music


Sydney Singer, Peta Mia Releases Smashing New Music

Singer songwriter

Peta Mai

“Hell or High Water”

Listening to Hell or High Water, it is hard to believe that Sydney-based artist Peta Mai once worked in a country outfit that shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban. Rather, listening to this track, I would have thought she had cut her teeth fronting jazz groups in quiet piano bars, such is the quality of her vocal style and the sounds and harmonies on offer here.

 

Hell or High Water starts with a restraint that it only occasionally strays from. Over minimal piano chords, Mai delivers a mature vocal performance that explores the depths of devotion and how it feels to give your all to someone. This soulful track slowly builds, adding drums and harmonic interjections and jazz-infused transitions that speak to the quality of the production and songwriting on offer here. Never overstating its case, Hell or High Water reaches its climax with a subtle musical interlude and a closing chorus that is best described as modern gospel.

 

This is music of the highest order. Peta Mai has crafted a song in Hell or High Water that is timeless yet informed by the soul, jazz and R&B that has come before it. Listening to this track, it is hard to believe that this is an artist still closer to the start of her musical journey rather than the end.

 

With this track, I have become a fan of Peta Mai and look forward to (hopefully) seeing her play live in the not too distant future.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars