Archive for 'Brag 457 (April 9)'
DZ Deathrays Killing It By Alasdair Duncan A lot of bands like to downplay their ambition, insisting that they never got into music to make it big, they only wanted to play some tunes and have some good times, man. But when it comes to DZ Deathrays, this sentiment seems pretty genuine. The raucous Brisbane two-piece [...]
Chet Faker Thinking in Textures Inertia/Opulent **** 1/2 Chet Faker – the pseudonym or ‘bedroom project’ of Melbourne one-time audio engineering student Nick Murphy – tore up the interwebs last year with his understated take on an RnB classic, and found himself booked for SXSW long before this first release dropped. Bloody right, too. Thinking [...]
Bear In Heaven I Love You, It’s Cool Inertia *** One of the most beguiling things about Bear In Heaven’s second album, Beast, Rest, Forth, Mouth, was its sobering dryness. The band’s music is essentially synth-based pop, a genre often enamoured of sonic (if not necessarily stylistic) maximalism. But that record was mostly void of [...]
Orbital Wonky Liberator **** 1/2 Orbital at their best have always resembled the soundtrack to some excellent post-apocalyptic film, but with the sort of unshakeable optimism that’s usually missing from those affairs. Or maybe they’re more like an epic version of the music in an early ’90s computer game, with a tiny triangular spaceship navigating [...]
“We’re Dawes! That’s D-A-W-E-S” said the front-man of the LA alt-country outfit, affirming the fact that supporting My Morning Jacket on their Bluesfest-supported Australian tour was obviously a big opportunity. Initially coming across as a strangely earnest tribute to the ‘80s Americana of Rush or Jeff Tweedy, they eventually settled into a sound that was [...]