Emma Swift Blonde On The Tracks Tiny Ghost / Bandcamp There are plenty of reasons to perform and record a cover – or an album of cover versions. You might think the original artist is under-valued in some way or that the song seemingly went missing. You might not have any songs of your own, […]
Lisa Crawley Songs I Like But Did Not Write Vol. 1 (ep) (Independent / Bandcamp) I’ve long been a fan of Lisa Crawley’s music – and part of her story, always, has been the work she’s done as a singer-for-hire, covers bands, weddings, piano bars, musicals; you only get to put your own songs out […]
Jo Meares Back To The World Bandcamp/Independent This new one from Australian-based singer/songwriter Jo Meares was recorded across the last two years in Sydney and Melbourne – two different bands contributing to the final album, the Melbourne crew and the Sydney crew.
Into Orbit Unearthing (Independent/Bandcamp) There are few things in life better – as a music reviewer – than when you have high hopes for a second (or subsequent) album and those high hopes are met, and then exceeded. Such is the case with album number two from the duo Into Orbit. I can’t hide – […]
Thomas Oliver Floating In The Darkness Thomas Oliver Thomas Oliver’s core strength is in his Weissenborn/slide playing – and on the first track of his latest album we hear how good he is; smooth, slick and totally aping Ben Harper. It’s not to my taste. At all. But he is very good. For the rest […]
Moby Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep. (Independent) Moby’s latest “album” is a four-hour playlist available as a free download (or on all the streaming platforms) that aims to encourage you toward sleep, or at least to enjoy calm and peaceful activities. Created as part of the soundtrack for Moby’s own yoga and relax-time, Long Ambients […]
What Noisy Cats A Different Ocean (Independent/Bandcamp) You can hear the inner workings on this full-lengther from Wellington group, What Noisy Cats. You can hear so many different influences – the Wilco-esque opener, Little Liar, the older Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo cowpunk riff with a bit of Calexico’s salt on Meet Me In Montauk, the loping […]
Wendy Atkinson The Last Fret (Independent/Bandcamp) Canadian bassist Wendy Atkinson returns with her third album of solo bass explorations – well, it’s not all “solo”, there’s guitar on three tracks from fellow Vancouver-based art-rock agitator and experimentalist, David Lester (he of Mecca Normal). There’s also some field recordings, toy piano and a few other elements, […]