Avenues End – In Bloom – Video

The Australian indie-luxe trio Avenues End release the LP It’s Not All Bad on the 1st of November.

Avenues End

Avenues End

On the 30th of September the first of the six tracks to surface from the album, which is also the opener – In Bloom – was made available.

A track which testifies to a highly capable trio as the song is a clever layer of texturing giving the impression of a three dimensional organic being emerging through the speakers. A slowly revolving shadowy presence is delivered simultaneously with uptempo dance steps, not an easy feat for one guitar, one bass and one drum.

Think of the dream in which you can fly in slow motion and leap incredible distances – you will have the right frame of mind before hitting play.

Rumours bubble of a further LP already being contemplated for reveal next year.

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The Northern Folk – Get On – Single Review

The Australian funk-folk undecim The Northern Folk release the single Get On on the 12th.

The Northern Folk - Get On

The Northern Folk

Digging deeper in to the soul in Get OnNorthern Folk are able to deliver a song in which the listener finds themselves investigating their own eviscerated skeleton as once again the eleven players strip away all the fat, akin to vultures feasting, with the stripped back melodies within which the undecet once again demonstrate their ability to deploy players in relevant stance rather than abstract inclusion to merely make things louder whilst creating confusion, as they clear away a platform in which the brass, keys and vocals are given stance with the supporting framework of percussion and guitars framing the output of a song that fulminates of societal disconnect.

Those who are of longer stay will be minded of the Russian tredecim – Краснознаменная дивизия имени моей бабушки (Red banner division named after my grandmother),  who were also the Editors’ Choice for band of the month in May – stylistically very different though of similar innate ability and hence why it is once again a pleasure to invite you to spend another just over three and a half minutes in the company of The Northern Folk.

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Invisible Dears – If You Can – Audio

On the 24th of September the Scotland based Australian alt-folk project Invisible Dears released the eponymous EP.

Invisible Dears

Invisible Dears

Just as the listener is thinking they are settled in to the landscape of luxuriant dayglo comforters the tempo changes to a cèilidh in which to step in gleeful abandon. None more so pronounced than the opening track of the five on the EP, available on bandcamp, If You Can and necessarily why it is my pick of the release.

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Shady Bliss – Hustlers – Audio

The Australian funk-rock sextet Shady Bliss are finalising details for their début LP.

Shady Bliss - photo credit - Natalie Jurrjens Photography

Shady Bliss – photo credit – Natalie Jurrjens Photography

Originally formed as a quartet, Shady Bliss, have expanded ideas whilst developing textures and layers in their music, though still retaining their bluesy root-stock that affords their material its earthy honesty.

From the forthcoming release – Hustlers – which was also released as a stand alone single on the 22nd and available on bandcamp.


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Thomas Wallis – Thumb – Audio

The Australian downtempo creator Thomas Wallis released the single Thumb yesterday.

Thomas Wallis

Thomas Wallis

Regularly putting out new material which is of varied soundscape though always of commonality is a sadness that envelopes the listener.

The most recent track – Thumb (available on bandcamp) – is a morose dystopian scratchy composition which is made more bleak by the dour vocal and self-doubting lyric that is underscored by a monotone drum beat which gives the track its menacing countenance.

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