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: Tadhg Daly “Hit The Ground” (2019)

March 15, 2019

“Hit The Ground” is the new single from Jersey born indie pop artist Tadhg Daly. With only two singles to his name so far, Daly has been slowly been making a name for himself in the UK. Whilst he’s only been performing for a relatively short period of time, he’s been invited to play at […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Noah Dillon “Holding On” (2019)

March 14, 2019

Perth’s Noah Dillon has exploded on to the national scene of late, garnering attention from Triple J and punters up and down Australia’s East Coast on his recent tour. So, we’re particularly excited today to bring the exclusive premiere of a live studio video of his latest single “Holding On”.  Recorded live at Tunafish Studio, […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Plotz “Baby Shakes” (2019)

March 13, 2019

Melbourne quartet Plotz are kick starting their 2019 this week with the release of “Baby Shakes”, their first single since their EP All Up The Wall And Down The Street in 2017, and the first from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is due for release later this year. Ahead of the official release of “Baby Shakes” […]

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Track of the Day: Pool Shop “Shooting Star” (2019)

March 11, 2019

“Shooting Star” is the new single from Brisbane dream pop outfit Pool Shop, the first since the transition from solo project to a full band operation.  Pool Shop is the brainchild of Jamiee Fryer, the guitarist and vocalist for Major Leagues. Initially the project had been a solo affair, but for the recording of “Shooting […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Loni Rae Thomson “Slowly” (2019)

March 7, 2019

Written at the beginning of a new relationship, “Slowly”, a song about taking things one step at a time, is the title track from singer-songwriter Loni Rae Thomson’s forthcoming debut EP. Ahead of the official release of the single tomorrow, we’re very excited to bring you not only this exclusive stream but also the single’s […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: The Jensens “Mt. Mura” (2019)

March 6, 2019

Before its official release on Thursday we are stoked to bring you this exclusive stream of “Mt. Mura”, the new single from Brisbane rockers The Jensens. The new single comes after the success of previous release”Coma”, which saw the band garner plenty of praise from the independent blogosphere as well as attention and radio play from […]

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Exclusive EP Premiere: Patrick James – What We’re Fighting For (2019 EP)

March 5, 2019

Ahead of its official release this Friday, we’re excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of What We’re Fighting For, the new EP from singer-songwriter Patrick James. What We’re Fighting For is Patrick James’ first full length release in four years and marks something of a change in direction, with James trading in his guitar […]

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Track of the Day: BATTS “Folding Chairs” (2019)

March 4, 2019

“Folding Chairs” is the new single from Melbourne singer-songwriter BATTS, taken from her forthcoming debut album The Grand Tour, due in April, the single is stripped back, contemplative and utterly beautiful. The track is gently delivered and places BATTS’ delicate and emotive vocals front and centre. It brings to mind, or mine at least, Laura […]

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Track of the Day: J.S. Ondara “Torch Song” (2019)

March 1, 2019

“Torch Song” is a melancholic and yearning track from Tales of America, the debut album from singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara. It is a track and indeed an album firmly rooted in the worlds of Americana and folk music, with Ondara citing Bob Dylan, amongst others, as an influence, but there’s something a twist to the tale.  […]

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Exclusive EP Premiere: Chakra Efendi – Until The Children Grow Old (2019 EP)

February 28, 2019

We’re excited today to be premiere, Until The Children Grow Old, the debut EP from the Brisbane via Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Chakra Efendi. At only nineteen years old, Efendi has already built something of a dedicated cult both at home and overseas thanks to a series of demos posted to SoundCloud. Demos, which to date, […]

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Interview: Ben Okri talks The Freedom Artist and literary festivals

February 27, 2019

Whilst he was in the country for both Perth Writers Week and Adelaide Writers’ Week, I had the chance to sit down with author, poet and Man Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri to chat about his new novel The Freedom Artist. Set in a world uncomfortably like our own, The Freedom Artist is a […]

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Track of the Day: Aldous Harding “The Barrel” (2019)

February 25, 2019

Last week saw singer-songwriter Aldous Harding share her new single “The Barrel”, the first taste from the New Zealander’s forthcoming third album Designer.  Along with the new single, we were also treated to a wonderfully eccentric and frankly captivating Martin Sagadin directed music video. Featuring Harding dressed in her best puritan costume, the video provides […]

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Track of the Day: Carla Geneve “2001” (2019)

February 22, 2019

Coinciding with the announcement that the Perth artist has signed with the Dot Dash Recordings roster, Carla Geneve has released her new single “2001”.  The single takes its name from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey and makes reference to science fiction writer Jack Vance and John Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing. According […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: AM Reruns “Thrill Me” (2019)

February 22, 2019

Ahead of its official release on March 7th, we’re excited to be premiering “Thrill Me”, the new single and accompanying music video from Melbourne’s AM Reruns (f.k.a. Lip Sync Chicks). Recorded and mixed by Robert Muinos (Saskwatch, Little May), the single is the second to be lifted from the band’s debut album, which is due […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Pirra feat. JFT “Once” (2019)

February 21, 2019

Ahead of its official release tomorrow, we’re excited to be premiering “Once”, the bright and bold new single from Sydney’s Pirra, which sees the group experimenting with electro and dance elements in collaboration with emerging artist JFT a.k.a. James From Taree.  “Once” is an exciting blend of the band’s classic indie rock vibe with some […]

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Track of the Day: Yungblud & Halsey Feat. Travis Barker “11 Minutes” (2019)

February 18, 2019

We’re big fans of Yungblud (Dominic Harrison) here at the AU, so we were pretty stoked to discover the British multi-instrumentalist had teamed up with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Halsey and Blink 182’s Travis Barker for new single “11 Minutes”.  The track, a hypnotic track combining moody guitar work and quality high powered drumming, features a […]

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Track of the Day: Machine Age “Dust” (2019)

February 15, 2019

“Dust” is the new single from Brisbane experimental electronic rock artist Machine Age, and the first taste of their forthcoming debut album, Point of Departure, due for release later this year. Machine Age is the brainchild of Adrian Mauro. When Mauro was fifteen, his older brother passed away following a long battle with leukaemia, leaving Mauro to […]

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Bobby Alu “Other Side” (2019)

February 13, 2019

Ahead of its official release we’re super excited today to premiere the new music video for “Other Side”, the recent single from the ever delightful and chilled Bobby Alu. Released in November last year, the single is a fresh feel from the Byron Bay Uke strummer, drummer and singer, and the second taste from his […]

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Track of the Day: Patrick James “Up” (2019)

February 12, 2019

Acclaimed Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James is back with a new single, an EP on its way, and an intimate East Coast tour. All in the next couple of months. “Up”, a delightful piano driven anthem, is the first taste of the new EP What We’re Fighting For, which is set for release early next month. […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: The Paddy Cakes “Depressing All” (2019)

February 12, 2019

Today we’re stoked to premiere the new single from Melbourne rockers The Paddy Cakes ahead of its official release on Thursday.  Recorded and produced by Dylan Adams (DMA’s, Skeggs, West Thebarton), “Depressing All” is all set to play a part in the quartet’s forthcoming debut EP, which is set for release on Friday March 22nd.  […]

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