September 22, 2018
Liars’ new album of oblique rock, TWTWF, finds Angus Andrew lyrically exploring the departure of his long-time songwriting partner and sonically drawing on his natural surrounds.
September 8, 2018
Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’
Troye Sivan’s album Bloom delivers polished, romantic pop music laced with an appreciation of longing and regret.
August 11, 2018
Gabe Gurnsey and Rebel Yell
While Gabe Gurnsey’s Physical is a slow-burn techno album that evokes the unfolding of a big night out, Rebel Yell’s Hired Muscle delivers a sharp slap of industrial primitivism.
September 1, 2018
The Lemon Twigs’ ‘Go to School’
The two young brothers, Michael and Brian D’Addario, who make up The Lemon Twigs, deliver an improbable rock opera masterpiece about an ape raised by humans.
July 21, 2018
Punch Brothers’ ‘All Ashore’
Bravura five-piece Punch Brothers deliver a modern take on roots music, and their new album All Ashore has them setting their sights on the tumult of American politics.
December 16, 2017
The 2017 Australian Music Prize
The chair of the Australian Music Prize judging panel presents his highlights of this year’s album longlist.
November 17, 2017
Mavis Staples’ ‘If All I Was Was Black’
Teaming once more with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has produced a powerful new album. But, says the veteran performer, her heart aches as she rails still against the racial division she’s been fighting for decades.
October 28, 2017
Electronic band Kllo draw listeners in to their downbeat soul with intricate melodies and meticulous sound design.
October 13, 2017
St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’
Annie Clark’s latest St. Vincent album, MASSEDUCTION, is an instant classic, delivering an often dark and desolate vision rendered with a glistening pop sheen.
August 26, 2017
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark Matter’
Randy Newman’s career spans decades of sharp social observations wrapped in songs drawing on the modern American songbook. His latest album suggests comparisons from Elmore Leonard to Rashomon.
August 4, 2017
‘Jen Cloher’ review
That Jen Cloher’s inventive fourth album is self-titled reflects its personal themes, as she writes with candour about her relationship and her place in the world.
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