Album Reviews

Album Review: Noname’s Room 25 (2018 LP) is one of the best releases of the year

September 20, 2018

Noname (FKA: Noname Gypsy) is a central figure within the underground Chicago rap scene. Her debut album Telefone was an incredible, melancholic project – dealing with sexism, introspection, and wider racial and social issues, all delivered in her trademark wispy yet warm delivery. Following the great reception this project received, the level of anticipation for her […]

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Album Review: John Williamson’s 20th studio record Butcherbird (2018 LP) reinforces his status as a national treasure

September 19, 2018

When the opportunity to review the new album from Australian legend John Williamson came up, I jumped at it. I listen to his singles more than what’s probably healthy, so much so that he’s listed as one of my ‘top artists’ on my Bumble profile. I have vivid memories of myself and a friend requesting […]

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Album of the Week: Thundamentals – I Love Songs (2018 LP)

September 19, 2018

Over the last 12 months the Australian hip hop scene has seen an overhaul of the last era of popular artists like Seth Sentry and Bliss n Eso, handing over the baton to fresh new talent like Baker Boy and Kwame. Recently embarking on their 10 year anniversary tour “Dekade of the Thunderkat” and now releasing […]

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Album Review: Metric – Art of Doubt (2018 LP)

September 17, 2018

Canadian rock band Metric have returned with their seventh full length project. Following the slick and electronic-influenced Pagans in Vegas, the band have shifted towards more driving instrumentation and brighter vocal melodies. Sitting at just under an hour, on Art of Doubt the band have opted for slightly longer-form songs, allowing the instrumentals to breathe and […]

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Album Review: Joey Purp’s QUARTERTHING (2018 LP) shows incredible progression from the rising hip hop star

September 14, 2018

The stellar year for music that has been 2018 delivers once again with the new release from Chicago rapper Joey Purp. Off the strength of previous project iiiDrops (featuring the bouncy hit ‘Girls @‘ featuring Chance the Rapper) he’s released QUARTERTHING, a new album that shows incredible progression for the rising star. A member of the […]

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Album of the Week: Emma Louise finds her voice in Lilac Everything (2018 LP)

September 12, 2018

Cairns-born singer/songwriter Emma Louise is unrecognisable on her third album, Lilac Everything. Fans expecting the delicate soprano heard on “Talk Baby Talk” and “Jungle” will be shocked to hear the digitally-manipulated low pitch she adopts across the entire album. That voice booms over the soft piano of opener “Wish You Well”. As the song continues, […]

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Album Review: Bob Moses – Battle Lines (2018 LP)

September 11, 2018

The Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have returned with their sophomore album Battle Lines. The pair have great different musical backgrounds that shine through; Howie has a strong rock and vocal basis, whereas Vallance has trance and electronic roots, with releases on labels such as Ultra Records. These two […]

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Album Review: Lakyn’s & Pains (2018 EP) demonstrates real beauty through his lyrics and growth in his sound

September 11, 2018

Emotion is often at the centerpoint of many artists works, with Lakyn’s upcoming EP & Pains drawing heavily on his feelings and experiences, causing the listener to be enraptured by Lakyn’s sound throughout six delicately cultivated tracks. Lakyn has been in and around the industry for some time, but his powerful songs have helped him open […]

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Album Review: Troye Sivan welcomes a new age of Dark Pop in the remarkable Bloom (2018 LP)

September 7, 2018

With the journey his new release takes, Troye Sivan’s sophomore album Bloom comes to encapsulate and define a new age of dark pop. Released last week, the 10 track record creates a more danceable and synth driven atmosphere with tracks like “Bloom” and “Dance To This” featuring Ariana Grande. But the album does take its moments […]

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Album Review: Hey Geronimo deliver a worthy journey in Content (2018 LP)

September 7, 2018

Brisbane based indie-rockers Hey Geronimo have just unveiled their sophomore album Content. The eleven track concept album utilises artificial intelligence to replace an exited guitarist, resulting in a convenient yet ironic effect. Self-produced, and featuring the AI dubbed ‘Alex’ on half a dozen tracks, Content is a bizarre and bold exploration into the future and the ever evolving technological landscape surrounding […]

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Album Review: Skegss capture life perfectly in debut album My Own Mess (2018 LP)

September 6, 2018

Since breaking out in 2013, Skegss have been on the long path to their debut album. In the time since, the trio from Byron have released a swath of singles and multiple EPs, all growing on the previous release and helping the band evolve into something bigger. 2018 has been no different and Skegss have […]

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Album Review: Old Cities – Old Cities I (2018 EP)

September 3, 2018

Sydney based artist Old Cities’ self-titled debut EP was released on Friday, mixed and produced by the man himself, Jordi White. Old Cities I paints the last 10 years of White’s life, written and recorded around the globe, each song embellished by these distinct influences. The EP carries an anthemic design, conjuring comparisons to Coldplay, Gang of […]

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Album Review: Hermit and the Recluse – Orpheus vs the Sirens (2018 LP)

August 30, 2018

“Devestation laced in my presentation” Ka’s delivery of this line from Orpheus, part of a collaboration project with producer Animoss, is one of the best stylistic summations of an album written in recent memory. The duo, operating under the pseudonym Hermit and the Recluse have worked together on a beautifully dark piece of music, heavily […]

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Album Review: Mac Miller – Swimming (2018 LP)

August 29, 2018

On the back of the soulful and romantic The Divine Feminine, Mac Miller has returned with another album cut from this cloth. Swimming is similar in style, but more mournful and self-reflective than romantic and starry-eyed, with welcome introspection from Mac, reminiscent of his earlier rap-oriented projects like Watching Movies With The Sound Off and Faces. […]

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Album Review: Skee Mask – Compro (2018 LP)

August 28, 2018

As a self-proclaimed purveyor of anxiousness, I have often been told about the merits of ambient and ‘background’ music as a way to find relaxation and a bit of peace. I tried, believe me, I tried to agree with this. I’ve sifted through Brian Eno albums, gone down weird spacey and airy rabbit holes, but […]

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Album Review: The Kooks – Let’s Go Sunshine (2018 LP)

August 27, 2018

The Kooks’ 5th Album Let’s Go Sunshine is the perfect accompaniment to the Greatest Hits Tour they’ve just embarked on, modestly named their “Best of Tour.” The Brit band have had a big year, opening for music royalty The Rolling Stones, and in the new year they’ll be rolling in to Beyond the Valley in Lardner […]

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