Ditto declares on droning opener ‘Melody Emergency’, “So you’re not a rock and roller and there’s nothing wrong with that”. Only time will tell if her fans feel the same.
Becky Freeman is one busy bee. The lady who calls herself Sui Zhen for the purposes of folksy solo-songwriting released her charming debut Two Seas this month, and she’s hard at work in Melbourne when I call her, getting ready to launch a new website dedicated to documentary-style video.
This is a competent record – but for anyone who relished the more eclectic dynamics and promise of Conditions, it’s a far from uplifting experience
Lo-fi king Ty Segall and one-man bedroom band White Fence (aka Tim Presley), two of
the poster boys of industrious music-making, have joined forces to produce Hair: an album that’s typical of the great bunch of psych-garage bands coming out of San Francisco right now.
In 2006, Los Angeles four-piece Silversun Pickups became a youth radio staple with their debut single ‘Lazy Eye’ – and it’s easy to see why. With its perfect combination of pressure-cooker vocal punch and a ridiculously simple and infectious guitar line, it makes you want to dance around your bedroom alone while your cat observes in disdain. But despite selling a bunch of records on the back of that one song, the band seems to have fallen into semi-obscurity. Their sophomore album Swoon in 2009 (which actually had a few great songs) is now sales-bin fodder, and they are yet to recapture the genius that was that breakthrough track. With Neck Of The Woods, the band ventures towards new-romantic synth pop to counter-balance the stadium rock riffage.