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: 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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Track of the Day: Kaurna Cronin “Gotta Get Outta This Place” (2019)

June 6, 2019

Last week saw Folk troubadour Kaura Cronin release his emotive new single “Gotta Get Outta This Place”, a song all about longing for the road and desiring to be flung outside of ones’ comfort zone. Cronin, himself, is no stranger to an itinerant life on the road, having performed over four hundred shows across the […]

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Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage wins the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

June 6, 2019

It has today been announced that Tayari Jones’ novel An American Marriage has won the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, taking home the £30,000 prize money.  Endorsed by both President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, An American Marriage, Jones’ fourth novel, follows the devastating aftermath of a young African-American man’s incarceration following a wrongful accusation of […]

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Track by Track: Gold Coast rockers Radolescent take us through their debut album Prehab

June 3, 2019

Last week saw Gold Coast larrikins and punk rockers, Radolescent drop their debut album, Prehab. Recorded at Queensland’s Blind Boy Studios, with Mark Duckworth and Brad Hoskings on production duties, the album has the band reflecting on everything from drug culture to mental health issues on the Gold Coast.  It’s an album that explores, and […]

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Track of the Day: Jemma Siles “Light Me Up” (2019)

May 31, 2019

Melbourne-based pop singer-songwriter Jemma Siles has today dropped “Light Me Up”, the follow-up to her debut single, “D.A.M.N.”, which was released last year and won her the Australian Songwriter of the Year Award (Pop/Dance) in 2018.  Though this might be only the second single release from Siles, she has been steadily making a name for […]

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Track of the Day: Bianca Rose “Run & Hide” (2019)

May 27, 2019

British/Nigerian/Jamaican singer-songwriter Bianca Rose has returned with her new single, “Run & Hide”;  the first release since her 2017 debut album No Fear Here. Written with and produced by Jake Isaac, “Run & Hide” encourages us to feel our feelings, especially surrounding loss, and not bottling up your emotions, or allowing yourself to get stuck […]

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