Album review

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ALBUM REVIEW: All India Radio

ALL INDIA RADIO – Red Shadow Landing (Pledge Music) PETE WALSH explores the dreamy landscape of transcendent instrumentalism. Martin Kennedy’s All India Radio are veterans of the underrated cosmic force that is instrumental rock, and Red Shadow Landing is yet another testament to their exemplary service record in the Australian music industry. The chilled ambient stylistics … Continue reading


BLAQK AUDIO — Bright Black Heaven (Superball Music) PETE WALSH invites all spelling Nazis and genre critics to have a squiz at this one. Best known as the BFFs of AFI fame, Jade Puget and Davey Havok have returned their attentions to their little electro lovechild, Blaqk Audio. Bright Black Heaven builds further on the ‘90s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Sunburys

THE SUNBURYS — Keep A Lid On It (Independent) PETE WALSH once again runs the gauntlet of Brisbane rock. Ringing in influences from a diverse cross-section of the last 40 or 50 years of rock & roll, The Sunburys drop a genuinely classy album in the form of Keep A Lid On It. Their third … Continue reading


BETH ORTON — Sugaring Season (Anti-/Warner) 13 years on from the landmark Central Reservation, KRISSI WEISS feels UK songstress’ latest LP. It cannot possibly be 13 years since the release of the haunting, hypnotic and Mercury Music Prize-nominated Central Reservation? Can it? Christ, it is, and while grey hairs make cameo appearances on my forehead and … Continue reading

EP REVIEW: Hailey Cramer

HAILEY CRAMER – Hailey Cramer EP (Hailey Cramer Music) Suave songstress illuminates PETE WALSH’s emotional side with her incandescent release. All right, let’s get the introductions aside. Who is Hailey Cramer? Having featured on Pez’s The Festival Song and collaborating with the likes of 360 and Blue King Brown, she’s become a quiet achiever on … Continue reading

EP REVIEW: Philosophy of Sound

PHILOSOPHY OF SOUND — Fragile Disco EP (Discotexas) PETE WALSH treks through a disco-tainted release of urban electro. Philosophy Of Sound have an unusual penchant for making people feel filthy just listening to their music. With the dramatic bass of Barry White-like vocals on It Is Like That, I can’t help but feel like some … Continue reading

EP REVIEW: Eden Mulholland

EDEN MULHOLLAND  – Jesus Don’t You Get My Jokes EP (Mushroom) This little collection from Motocade frontman Eden Mulholland is an exercise in sparseness and the love of precision in choosing the right arrangements. Mulholland’s versatile voice is a lifeline through an understated, intimate wilderness as bare and eerie as Scandinavian winter. There are similarities … Continue reading


ALL THE YOUNG – Welcome Home (Mushroom) Having already invaded Australia, the British are at it again. PETE WALSH investigates. Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, the young Britons have made their way to Australia for BigSound and to support rock aficionados King Cannons for a couple of dates in September. All The Young … Continue reading


TOM LARK – The Tom Lark EP (Independent) Jeez, all this rad NZ music is making me wish I’d never moved away. Tom Lark’s old studio was destroyed after the Christchurch earthquake, and he’s still managed to come out with a record that’s absorbing, fun and thought-provoking in the best kind of way. This is … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The City Lights

THE CITY LIGHTS – I Just Got To Believe (Mushroom) PETE WALSH probes the latest filthy garage-rock outing from the Sydney combo with a stick that is perhaps not long enough. With a name like The City Lights, you may well think shoegaze or neo-new wave at their greatest, but you’d be far from the … Continue reading

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