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: JD McPherson “Ugly Sweater Blues” (2018)

December 21, 2018

Unless you’ve somehow managed to avoid all retail stores for the past month or so, you’re probably already close to peak Christmas song saturation, so you’ve probably already had your fill of jingle bells for the year. But, please bare with us as we close out of 2018 with one last Track of the Day […]

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Track of the Day: The Raconteurs / The Saboteurs “Sunday Driver” (2018)

December 20, 2018

It’s been a decade between drinks, but The Raconteurs have returned with two new songs and a new album on the way sometime in 2019. The songs were released via 7” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the groups last album Consolers of the Lonely. The Raconteurs, who are also known as The Saboteurs here […]

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Track of the Day: Kids At Midnight “By Your Side” (2018)

December 19, 2018

Kids At Midnight a.k.a. Melbourne’s Jane Elizabeth Hanley has channeled her inner Kate Bush with her delightfully 80’s inspired new single “By Your Side”.  Whilst Kids At Midnight initially started life as a duo it’s now morphed into a solo project, with Hanley writing and producing all her own work. “By Your Side” marks the […]

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Track of the Day: Ruby Tuesdays “Why You Always Gotta Fight Me” (2018)

December 18, 2018

Wollongong five piece Ruby Tuesdays have capped off a solid 2018 of releases with their excellent new single “Why You Always Gotta Fight Me”.  Recorded and produced out on the South Coast with 19Twenty’s Syd Green, “Why You Always Gotta Fight Me” is the very definition of a slow burner, with the track gradually building […]

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Interview: Luke Million (AUS) talks favourite New Years and playing NYE in the Park

December 18, 2018

Christmas holidays are nearly upon us, which means New Years is nearly here too, so it’s time to get those plans finalised (if you haven’t already). If you’re in Sydney your decision got a whole lot easier earlier this year, with the announcement that NYE in the Park would be returning for a second year. The […]

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Track of the Day: The Francos “Back To Basics” (2018)

December 17, 2018

2018 has been a good year for Wollongong indie pop trio The Francos, with the band releasing their sophomore EP Absolute Scenes, along with a handful of singles. Determined to end the year on a high, the band have recently released one more track: “Back To Basics”. “Back To Basics” is a three minute blast […]

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Track of the Day: Durand Jones & The Indications feat. Aaron Frazer “Don’t You Know” (2018)

December 14, 2018

Durand Jones & The Indications have offered up the first taste of their sophomore album, American Love Call, set for release March 1st, with their latest single “Don’t You Know”. It’s a nostalgia drenched track, and yet another nod to the classic soul music of the early Seventies. “Don’t You Know” is put simply put […]

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Track of the Day: Galactic feat. Miss Charm Taylor “Clap Your Hands” (2018)

December 13, 2018

New Orleans’ Galactic are back with a new single, “Clap Your Hands”, featuring guest vocalist Miss Charm Taylor. The upbeat and percussive number is the first taste of the band’s new album (their first in more than three years), Already Ready Already, which is set for release in early 2019. After more than twenty years […]

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Track of the Day: Pearl the Girl “Mr Informative” (2018)

December 11, 2018

Pearl The Girl has followed up her debut single “I Hate You” with her delightedly gutsy new track: “Mr Informative”. Pearl The Girl is a twenty-two year old songwriter, musician and actress from Sydney; you might remember her as Kim in Puberty Blues or more recently as MJ in The Crossing. “Mr Informative” and her […]

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Track of the Day: Manchester Orchestra & The Front Bottoms “Allentown” (2018)

December 5, 2018

Current tour mates Manchester Orchestra and The Front Bottoms have combined forces and released a new collaborative track, the single “Allentown”.  “Allentown” features Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and Brian Sella from The Front Bottoms trading verses over minimalist instrumental backing. It’s downbeat, pensive, and certainly a long way from what little I’ve heard of The […]

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Guest Playlist: Matt Perriment – The songs that made “Oceans”

December 5, 2018

Matt Perriment is an indie folk-inspired singer songwriter currently based in London, who has steadily been establishing himself in the British festival scene. He’s recently released a new single, “Oceans”, which is the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore EP Memos, which is set for release in March 2019.  Undoubtedly a gifted songwriter, Perriment has […]

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Track of the Day: Warshy “Operation Chaos” (2018)

December 4, 2018

Warshy is the new solo project from Darren Johns, the frontman of British folk punks Crazy Arm. The project celebrated its first release this week with the drop of a self-titled EP. “Operation Chaos” is the opening track of the EP, and features some sublime fiddle work from Samantha Spake.   Warshy came into existence […]

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Live Review: Holy Holy + Clews + Bri Clark – Mojos, Fremantle (29.11.18)

December 2, 2018

Thursday evening saw Holy Holy’s Faces tour hit Western Australia, with a show at Fremantle’s Mojo’s, the first of three in the state. Joining the band were Sydney indie rockers Clews and Perth local Bri Clark.  The evening kicked off to a rather muted start with Bri Clark taking to the stage, armed just with […]

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Live Review: Xavier Rudd + The Teskey Brothers – Fremantle Arts Centre (23.11.18)

November 25, 2018

Friday night saw the South Lawn of the Fremantle Arts Centre play host to the penultimate night of Xavier Rudd’s Storm Boy Australian tour, joining Rudd for the evening were Victoria’s The Teskey Brothers. Having never seen The Teskey Brothers before, nor heard any of their output, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Even […]

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Track of the Day: Resin Moon “Nothing to See” (2018)

November 23, 2018

Alice Springs based producer and multi-instrumentalist Resin Moon has emerged from his studio following a year-long stint, with a new single, “Nothing To See”, a tease of his forthcoming debut full length album Oscillations, which is earmarked for release in early 2019.  “Nothing To See” is the first release from Resin Moon, since 2017 single […]

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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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