Hip-hop duo A. B. Original have delivered an incendiary album describing the experiences of Aboriginal Australia, and it’s the most exciting local release
of the year.
The shifting time signatures of Syd Arthur’s latest psychedelic album, Apricity, testify to the tight musicianship and broad influences of this band of brothers from Canterbury.
Australian solo act D. D Dumbo’s debut album Utopia Defeated marries African desert blues and Captain Beefheart skronk to a darkly mysterious lyrical core.
Melbourne’s Big Scary have delivered a cycle of dark and intimate songs with a looser, live feel that makes it a masterpiece.
With flashes of The Strokes and a debt to The Rolling Stones, Active Galactic has The Delta Riggs delivering swaggering dance-floor rock’n’roll the way it’s meant to be.
The second album of twisty pop from Oxford’s Glass Animals invites deeper investigation of its themes.
A collaboration between singer-songwriters Neko Case, k. d. lang and Laura Veirs to record some covers has instead produced an original album of consummate craft.
The Avalanches' long-awaited second album expands their crate-digging methods to blend heavyweight guest rappers with Californian sunshine pop.
Unearthed by Triple J, singer-songwriter Montaigne has passionate fans, a promising future, and a glorious, if temperamental, voice.
The debut album from Angus Stone’s side project Dope Lemon is the product of a tightknit band in a relaxed setting.
Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial is not just the rock album of the year, but may be the emergence of a new musical genius.
His photographs helped shape rock mythology. Now Kevin Cummins’ iconic shots are gracing Vivid.
New albums from PJ Harvey and Anohni address personal anguish over global political failures with unusual directness.
Father John Misty delivers bruising piss-taking, knowing manipulation of celebrity, and surprisingly sincere love songs.
Long-time ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti has lost nothing of his youthful passion and daring.
Summer Flake’s Stephanie Crase has made good on all the promises of her first album with a sound that is pensive and intricate.
Unbound from dance floor imperatives, techno legends Underworld’s first album in six years weaves a seductive spell.
Musician Eska Mtungwazi overcame self-doubt and stereotyping to launch her eclectic solo career.
Chair of the Australian Music Prize judging panel Dave Faulkner provides a rundown of this year’s eclectic shortlist of albums.
The iconoclastic John Cale has rerecorded his notoriously difficult LP, Music for a New Society.
Once homeless in Paris, Benjamin Clementine has taken influences from Orwell to Satie to deliver a startling blend of fitful piano and voice.
Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns’ ‘future soul’ album Talk is likely to be just his latest remodelling.
A breakdown forced Bill Ryder-Jones to quit music at 25, but he's back with a brilliantly understated new solo album.
Musician Sarah Blasko is back with a new album – sunnier than before and focused on love.
A new compilation confirms Warumpi Band's status as one of Australia’s great rock acts, led by the volatile George Rrurrambu.
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