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

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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Track of the Day: The Teskey Brothers “Right For Me” (2019)

February 8, 2019

The Teskey Brothers have kicked off their 2019 in fine form with the delightfully funky and hook-laden new single, “Right For Me”, a track that is already a well established fan favourite thanks to position in the band’s acclaimed live set.  The band, for me, were one of the big take aways from Xavier Rudd’s […]

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Album Review: Mavis Staples – Live in London (2019 LP)

February 8, 2019

As a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kennedy Centre Honoree and with seventy years of performing under her belt Mavis Staples has in my opinion well and truly reached ‘National Treasure’ status in the United States. She is also one of the few remaining living links to the Civil Rights Movement, and a period […]

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Track of the Day: Theon Cross “Candace of Meroe” (2019)

February 4, 2019

If you’ve been following the UK and London jazz scene at all over the last couple of years, you’ll already be familiar with Theon Cross, having made a name for himself as part of the Mercury Award nominated, and award-winning quartet Sons of Kemet. He’s also a permanent fixture in South London-based collective Steam Down.  […]

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Track of the Day: Twain “Death (or S.F.?)” (2019)

January 31, 2019

“Death (or S.F.?)” is the new single from Twain, and the second single from the new EP New Miami Sounds, a collection of unreleased songs from the sessions that birthed 2017 album Rare Feeling. Twain is an indie folk project led by Mat (or Mt.) Davidson, who’s also spent time playing in both The Low […]

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Book Review: David Malouf’s An Open Book is a well crafted and emotive collection from one of Australia’s finest

January 23, 2019

An Open Book, published late last year, is the eleventh collection of poetry from David Malouf, and his third in the last ten years. Prior to this collection I only really knew of Malouf in his capacity as a writer of prose and short stories. As it turns out he is equally adept in many […]

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