Author: Simon Clark

Simon Clark is the Books Editor at the AU review. A reader of books and admirer of songs, Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his, and his alone. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @simonjclark

Track of the Day: DOV feat. TESHA “Save” (2018)

November 22, 2018

Brooklyn-based, Israeli queer pop musician DOV has released “Save”, his debut single and the first single from his forthcoming EP Be Your Lover, which is due for release early 2019. “Save” sees DOV team up with fellow Israeli vocalist TESHA to craft a track which explores the idea of discovering and celebrating your identity.  DOV […]

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Exclusive Premiere: Royal And The Southern Echo – Correspondence (2018 EP)

November 13, 2018

Today we are excited to premiere the debut EP from Brisbane’s Royal and The Southern Echo, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Bryce Schneider, ahead of its official release tomorrow. Partly written whilst living in Berlin, Correspondence is Schneider’s attempt to bring some of the Queensland sunshine to Europe, and find a sense of home.  Listening to […]

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Five Books You Need To Read This Month: November

November 13, 2018

Another month. Another five books. We might be getting closer to Christmas, but there’s nothing particularly “festive” about this month’s five titles. Though they’d all make wonderful gifts for the book lover in your life. It is a particularly fiction heavy list this month, with a debut short story collection, a highly anticipated second novel, […]

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Track of the Day: LÛMIS “Drift” (2018)

November 12, 2018

Last Friday saw Melbourne trio LÛMIS release their debut single “Drift”, and features vocals from Imogen Brough.  The Melbourne based trio initially began collaborating on music back in 2014, and are heavily influenced by 1980’s synthesisers and cinematic film scores. Those influences certainly shine through on “Drift”, with those retro synths front and centre from […]

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Live Review: Didirri + Emerson Snowe + Merpire – Mojos, Fremantle (08.11.18)

November 11, 2018

Thursday night saw Didirri’s Measurements Tour hit Fremantle, for the first of two shows across in the West. Joining the Melbourne singer-songwriter were fellow Victorian Merpire and Brisbane’s Emerson Snowe.  Merpire, tasked with kicking off proceedings, did a good job of warming up an already substantial crowd. It was a wholly stripped back affair with […]

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Track of the Day: Foxwarren “Everything Apart” (2018)

November 8, 2018

Formed more than a decade ago amidst the Canadian prairies, Foxwarren are set to release their debut self-titled record via ANTI- Records at the end of the month. In anticipation of it’s release the band have dropped the infectious lead single – “Everything Apart”. Foxwarren is comprised of siblings and childhood friends, all of whom […]

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Track of the Day: Auður “Manískur” (2018)

November 6, 2018

Last week Icelandic R&B musician Auður released his new record Afsakanir, and despite the fact I cannot understand a single word of it, I can report that it’s absolutely beautiful stuff. Afsakanir, which Google reliably informs me translates to Excuses, features a host of collaborations with a number of up-and-coming Icelandic musicians, including Birnir, GDRN […]

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Track of the Day: Dominique Pruitt “High in the Valley” (2018)

November 1, 2018

Los Angeles-based country singer-songwriter Dominique Pruitt has dropped a new single, her first release in five years. “High in the Valley” is a swaggering retro-tinged ode to the monotony of the 9-to-5 life, if you like your country music fiesty and female driven, then this is the track for you. Despite coming from a musical […]

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Track of the Day: Moaning Lisa “Lily” (2018)

October 31, 2018

Following on from the release of their much anticipated sophomore EP Do You Know Enough? Canberra alt-rockers Moaning Lisa have dropped a new music video for “Lily”. What better way to get us all excited for their upcoming tour? Formed in 2016, Moaning Lisa have done pretty well for themselves in their burgeoning career, earning themselves some NLMA nominations, […]

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Album Review: Thelonious Monk – Mønk (2018 LP)

October 30, 2018

2018 really has been the year for Jazz treasure hunters, with the release of not one, but two, previously unreleased recordings from jazz’s most influential artists – John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Back in June we saw the release of Coltrane’s Both Direction at Once: The Lost Album; and now we have Mønk – a […]

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Track of the Day: Steve Gunn “New Moon” (2018)

October 30, 2018

Just last week I was saying to one of the guys at my local record store that it’d been a while since Steve Gunn had released anything. The very next day, we get an album announcement and an opening taste of what’s to come with new single “New Moon”.  For the past eleven years the […]

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Album Review: Glorietta – Glorietta (2018 LP)

October 26, 2018

Crack open the Mezcal and the Tequila! There’s a new supergroup on the scene, Glorietta, and they’re delivering some top shelf Alt-rock Americana.  Glorietta is the brainchild of Delta Spirit/Middle Brother’s Matthew Logan Vasquez. Their self-titled record is a collection of songs written and recorded by Vasquez, and his friends over five days in a […]

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The 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced

October 17, 2018

The shortlists for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced today, bringing together some of Australia’s most prominent and decorated writers. The Fiction shortlist, for example, features two former Man Booker winners, and two Miles Franklin winners.  The Awards recognise Australia’s literary talent across six different categories: fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult […]

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Track of the Day: Allan Rayman “Rose” (2018)

October 17, 2018

Singer-Songwriter, and oft-dubbed “most mysterious man in music”, Allan Rayman has recently dropped a new single. “Rose” is the first taste from Rayman’s forthcoming album, Harry Hard-On, which is set for release on November 16th.  Rayman, now based in Toronto, remains something of an enigma. He rarely grants interviews, his social media presence is minimal […]

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Five Books You Need To Read This Month: October

October 15, 2018

If you’ve stepped into any store over the last couple of weeks you’d probably have noticed that the countdown for Christmas is well and truly on. This also means there are no shortage of new books being released into the world. Earlier this month, on the so-called “Super Thursday” there were 544 new books released […]

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Track of the Day: Ducks! “Pinprick In” (2018)

October 15, 2018

Berlin based electronic duo Ducks! Have released new single, “Pinprick In”, their third from their forthcoming new album. Formed in 2014, Ducks! are the brainchild of singer-songwriter Lani Bagley, and the ARIA award-winning producer Craig Schuftan. The duo released their debut album Ding Ding Ding in 2016, which went on to be longlisted for the Australian […]

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Live Review: Olympia + Felicity Groom + Noah Dillon – Mojos, Fremantle (11.10.18)

October 14, 2018

Fresh from a touring in the UK, Melbourne’s Olympia hit Fremantle, and the West Coast, on Thursday kicking off a run of shows around the country. Joining Olympia on the night were locals Noah Dillon and Felicity Groom. Noah Dillon kicked off the evening strongly. Backed by a the standard trio of drums, bass and […]

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Track of the Day: Harvey Sutherland feat. Nubya Garcia “Amethyst” (2018)

October 12, 2018

Melbourne producer Harvey Sutherland today dropped his new single “Amethyst”, a jazz infused broken beat transcontinental odyssey featuring London-based saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Kahlil Memphis. “Amethyst” is another step in what is an already unpredictable career from Harvey Sutherland. Whilst the producer, DJ and funk synthesist may have made a name for himself amidst […]

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Track of the Day: Me And My Friends “High As The Sun” (2018)

October 11, 2018

Ahead of the release of their new record Look Up later in the year, UK quintet Me And My Friends have given us a taste of what to expect with the release of their new single: “High As The Sun”. Me and My Friends take their cues from an eclectic range of influences, drawing inspiration from Ghanian highlife, afrobeat, […]

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Review: Shatner’s World is a warm, funny and occasionally surprising evening with a celluloid legend (Perth)

October 10, 2018

Monday night saw William Shatner kick off the Australian tour of his one-man show Shatner’s World: The Return Down Under in Perth. It was an evening of warmth, humour and philosophical musings. All. Delivered. In. That. Distinctive. Cadence. However, it was also not without its surprises. For example, whilst Shatner is likely best known for his role […]

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