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: David Keenan “Tin Pan Alley” (2019)

September 13, 2019

Today Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan has dropped, “Tin Pan Alley, the first official taste of his forthcoming debut: A Beginners Guide To Bravery, which is set for release early in the new year. Keenan is something of a prolific songwriter, so it’s somewhat baffling that A Beginners Guide will be his debut album. He has […]

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Bob Moses extend their November visit with two special East Coast shows

August 27, 2019

GRAMMY Award nominated duo Bob Moses will be taking to the East Cost for two very special shows later in the year.  Already in the country as part of the huge Strawberry Fields line-up, the versatile duo will be making the most of their time here, appearing at The Metro in Sydney on November 28th […]

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Track of the Day: Declan Welsh and the Decadent West “How Does Your Love” (2019)

August 27, 2019

Glasgow rockers Declan Welsh and The Decadent West have continued to tease their forthcoming debut album, dropping their new single “How Does Your Love”, a paean to those questionable ‘provincial discotheques’ that can be found just about everywhere. More than that, it’s a song about escaping the mundane and their troubles on a sticky dance […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Resin Moon “Bullet” (2019)

August 27, 2019

Following on from the release of his debut LP Oscillations back in April, Central Australia producer and multi-instrumentalist Resin Moon returns with a brand new music video for album opener “Bullet”, which we are excited to be premiering today. Fittingly, given we’ve just celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon landings, the clip features a […]

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Track of the Day: Sam Buckingham “Real Life” (2019)

August 22, 2019

Byron Bay singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham is back with a new single and a handful of solo tour dates later in the year. New single, “Real Life” is the first taste of Buckingham’s latest material, her first the release of The Water back in 2017.  “Real Life” sees Buckingham very much in singer-songwriter mode, with the […]

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Track of the Day: DRESS CODE “Youth Culture” (2019)

August 12, 2019

Earlier this month emerging Adelaide indie quartet DRESS CODE dropped their new single, “Youth Culture”; a dreamy gem of a track that’s been lifted from the band’s debut EP, which is set to drop in early 2020. Reflecting on the ways in which young people romanticise everyday moments in a bid to imitate the glamour of […]

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Track of the Day: Woodes “How Long I’d Wait” (2019)

August 8, 2019

Enigmatic Melbourne artist Woodes has returned with her new single, “How Long I’d Wait”. Replete with a live string quartet, this has all the hallmarks of a classic Woodes tune, there’s soaring guitars and those distinctive anthemic vocals. Talking about the single’s gestation and creation, Woodes said: “My friend Scott (who I wrote Dots with) […]

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Track of the Day: Xavia “Rain Falls” (2019)

August 7, 2019

Alice Springs-based cellist and multi-instrumentalist Xavia has returned with new single, “Rain Falls”, a stunning blend of strings, earthy rhythms and beautifully ethereal vocals.  The new single further builds on the success of her 2018 single “Horizons”, which garnered some traction on Triple J and across a range of Spotify playlists, and was shortlisted for […]

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Track of the Day: Tadhg Daly “Stuck In The Middle” (2019)

August 2, 2019

London-based Jersey singer-songwriter Tadhg Daly has returned with new single “Stuck In The Middle”, which is out today. Percussive, punchy, and ridiculously catchy this one will hook you in quick and have you singing the chorus in no time.  According to Daly,“The track is a song about the space between your head and your heart. […]

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Track of the Day: Red River Dialect “Snowdon” (2019)

July 26, 2019

British folk rockers Red River Dialect have this week announced the forthcoming release of record number five, Abundance Welcoming Ghosts, and have dropped lead single “Snowdon” in celebration.  Recorded in rural South West Wales, shortly before principal songwriter and singer David Morris moved to a remote Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia, the record finds the […]

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Track of the Day: Double Screen Feat. Blakkheart “Blood Stream” (2019)

July 25, 2019

Dublin based DJ and producer Double Screen (Dónal Sharpson) has teamed up with Cork singer and beat maker Blakkheart (Eimear Ann O’Sullivan) for soulful new single, “Blood Stream”.  Built for easy listening and the club, “Blood Stream” combines Blakkheart’s sublime soul enriched vocals with heavy bass lines, tribal drums and some experimental production, leaving the […]

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Album of the Week: Jordan Rakei’s Origin is an impressive blend of art, technology, politics and soul

June 14, 2019

London-based Australian musician Jordan Rakei has just dropped his new album, Origin, his third, and first since the release of Wallflower back in 2017.  Initially I came to this album on a bit of a whim, unfamiliar with Rakei’s past output, but drawn in by plaudits from the likes of Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin. […]

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Track of the Day: Nérija “Riverfest” (2019)

June 14, 2019

Contemporary jazz septet Nérija have this week announced plans to release their debut album, Blume, on August 2nd. To coincide with the announcement they’ve also dropped a taste of the album, in the shape of “Riverfest”. “Riverfest” and Blume were recorded in London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes. The group’s goal of the […]

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Book Review: Omar Sakr’s The Lost Arabs is an intimate, passionate and timely collection of poetry

June 14, 2019

Omar Sakr’s The Lost Arabs was one of my most anticipated new releases for the year. It has more than lived up to expectations, which isn’t always the case. It’s intimate, vibrant, beautifully composed and engages creatively and powerfully with a whole host of concerns and themes intrinsic to understanding the modern world.  The Lost […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Angharad Drake’s new single “Start Again”

June 14, 2019

This week has seen Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter and musician Angharad Drake drop her new single “Start Again”, her first since the release of her debut album Ghost in 2017, and since becoming a mother.  On “Start Again”, Drake has returned to a more stripped back style of making music, erring towards the intimate and natural. […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Archy Stranger “Home” (2019)

June 13, 2019

Melbourne producer and vocalist Archy Stranger drops his new single, his second for the year, tomorrow. Ahead of tomorrow’s official release date we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first listen of his latest indie pop gem: “Home”. Some of you will already be familiar with the name Archy Stranger through his work as session […]

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Guest Playlist: Sydney-based artist BOLEYN shares the queer and LGBT+ artists dominating his playlists

June 13, 2019

Sydney-based queer-pop artist BOLEYN dropped his sophomore single, “Re: 21”, yesterday. Produced and mixed by Clockwork Odyssey at their studios in Kings Cross, the single sees BOLEYN challenging the generalisations that surround life in your twenties, with each of the verses dealing with a specific anxiety: alcohol, mental health, drugs, the hook-up culture and more. […]

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Track of the Day: Seaside “Sycamore” (2019)

June 12, 2019

Byron Bay dream-pop quartet Seaside dropped their new single, “Sycamore”, at the end of last month. The single, which is inspired by lead singer Darcy Dexter’s personal experiences with social anxiety and self doubt, is a beautifully jangly slice of Australian indie rock. If you’ve not already had a listen, now is the time.  “Sycamore”, […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Tully John & Liza-Jane “Embers” (2019)

June 12, 2019

Gold Coast duo Tully John & Liza-Jane are going to be dropping their latest slice of pop-folk tomorrow. Ahead of its official release the duo have kindly allowed us to bring you all this early pre-release taste of new single, “Embers”.  As I’m sure you’ll all agree, it’s a beauty. Delicately layered and with an […]

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Track of the Day: I See Rivers “Helios” (2019)

June 7, 2019

Norwegian trio I See Rivers have returned with their new single, “Helios”, the first taste of their forthcoming album, which is set for release in 2020.  The trio, whilst all originally from Norway, actually met whilst in Liverpool where they were studying. Now they’ve upped and moved to Pembrokeshire in Wales, having fallen in love […]

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