The Owls – You’re Alright – Video

The Australian alt-rock band The Owls are planning to release their début LP early in 2016.

The Owls - You're Alright

The Owls

The first track to appear from the album, is You’re Alright, which showcases the garage fuzz roots of The Owls, whilst adding their rock signature.

Having spent much of 2014 on the road, The Owls decided to focus this year on honing their craft with the idea of putting together an LP and You’re Alright is an indicator of the steps made over the past few months.

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Godfrey-Turner Overdrive – Awake – Single Review

Godfrey-Turner Overdrive –  also abbreviated to G.T.O. is an alt-rock quintet from Australia.

Godfrey-Turner Overdrive

Godfrey-Turner Overdrive

Due for official release on the 13th of November is the single Awake.

Some-what progressive  / contemporary in nature, whilst the listener senses they probably need to straighten the clothes they do not feel the need to wear full evening dress to enjoy Awake as Godfrey-Turner Overdrive add a scuff to a style of rock that makes you feel older and wiser for having it in your collection.

The quintet layer the sounds with an extra topping of creamy guitar which gives the track its sophistication and underneath you will hear the more elemental rock on which the number is built that, for me, makes Awake a three minute journey worth taking more than once.

Godfrey-Turner Overdrive are a group of capable musicians who are able to balance the need for a connection with their audience, whilst not being afraid to ask them, in turn, to raise their game to meet the music.

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Awake – Single – Godfrey-Turner Overdrive is available on iTunes.*

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The Pretty Littles – Back Paddock Blues – Video

The Australian alt-rock band The Pretty Littles demonstrate a breadth of music styles in the LP Gospel which came out earlier in the year.

The Pretty Littles - Gospel - artwork

The Pretty Littles – Gospel – artwork

From the eight track album, the penultimate, Back Paddock Blues discovers The Pretty Littles in a malevolent grizzly blues number.

Gospel – The Pretty Littles is available on iTunes.*

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Sunken Seas – Mirage – Video

The New Zealand ambient-drone quartet Sunken Seas released the LP Glass last month.

Sunken Seas - Glass - artwork

Sunken Seas – Glass – artwork

Mirage, the first of the nine tracks on the album is presented through voile as the signature haze of sound drifts into the room accompanied by a steady beat. As the track builds so does the activity dimly heard through frosted pane.

Sunken Seas are skilled purveyors of their music, as they manage to balance between keeping the material sufficiently out of sight-line to cause intrigue, whilst keeping the shadowed sounds ever present and focussing the attention to try to seek clarification.

Glass – Sunken Seas is available on iTunes.*

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Bellusira – Black Seed – Video

Initially introduced in 2013 the US based rock band Bellusira released the LP The Healing earlier this month.

Bellusira - The Healing - artwork

Bellusira – The Healing – artwork

Bands focus change over time and Bellusira is an evidential example. When first introduced, just prior to their début LP – Connection, they were still in their homeland of Australia with an alternative edginess to their material. A change of dynamic, geography and line-up finds the band more buffed, polished and focussed towards the mainstream of radio-metal, with considerable success I should add.

Black Seed, a perspicacious introspective commentary and the third of the eleven tracks on The Healing finds Bellusira providing with precision what is expected for a mass market appeal in an LP which I would expect to receive considerable commercial airplay and I wish them every success for the future in their new direction of travel.

The Healing – Bellusira is available on iTunes.*

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