Tag: Indie Album of the Week
Calendar Days rakes its songs into an understated story. It’s ostensibly about a breakup, but it sounds as though the songwriters have plotted the whole tale out carefully, only to shred it, and form songs from strands they pluck out of the bin. Each piece is weighted with a gentle sadness that should speak to a number of young Australians – but many are rife with hope and humour, too.
After time spent in New Orleans feeding her muse, Jaye Kranz made her way back to Melbourne to record her debut album as Brighter Later, The Wolves. The brassy, brash New Orleans spirit hasn’t had a clear influence on this nonetheless lovely record, which sounds like a synth-drenched stroll through Kranz’s folky imagination.
It’s rare that an emerging band will truly step up to the challenge of a second LP. Too often they’ll produce overthought, overwrought exercises in repetitious water-treading. But sometimes, we get a fictitious spaghetti western soundtrack.
Posted: March 4th, 2013 under Album Reviews, Brag 502, Music.
Tags: Eyes Like The Sky, Flightless/Fuse, Indie Album of the Week, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard feat. Broderick Smith, Laurence Rosier Staines
Partially spawned by the short-lived The Royal We, Veronica Falls released their self-titled debut album in 2011, showcasing an energetic young band completely in tune with the resurgence in jangle pop. On Waiting For Something To Happen, the London-based quartet have built on their proven melodic strengths with a bowerbird approach.
The last time My Bloody Valentine released an album, Paul Keating was our Prime Minister, Freddie Mercury was still alive, and a little band called Nirvana had just edged into the American Top 40. In the 22 years that have followed, a lot has changed in the world (hello Internet!), but the sonic universe of Kevin Shields et al remains much the same. Whereas the leap between debut record Isn’t Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991) was a significant one, it appears that Shields hasn’t really tinkered with his setup or expanded his production technique since 1991. Which is wonderful news.