Aussie Dream is a great slice of Australian electronica; one that sets itself highly amongst the ranks of established practitioners. Each song communicates an honesty and love for music that is unrivalled – poignant and touching and entirely serious in its intent, to be shared.
Your Town is one of the most accurate and on point records lyrically this year. For me personally it drives the nail home and reminds me that time is limited, that things end and not always well. It’s a fearful record at times, but strong in facing and addressing those fears. It battles cognitive dissonance with audible dissonance in spectacular fashion. It’s a cry to the void, but one that doesn’t expect a call back.
This is an EP that showcases a band that are flying high. Whether on natural substances or synthetic is irrelevant, the songs on Mandarin Time manage to transfer a body high to listeners, enabling them to get a glimpse of the view that The Good Sports are experiencing.
This is music best for watching the world go by. With that in mind though, as passive as shoegaze can be, I’ll be damned if I didn’t feel more motivated to go do something after a good listen. It’s slow music, but it’s far from being idle.
Doctopus put out a brand of music not too unlike fellow scorched-rock purists Wireheads and Bad//Dreems – the key differences being the rapid pace of their songs and the rancour-drenched howls of lead vocalist Stephen Bellair; each creating a point of difference for their personal brand of squall.
Rock and Roll Juice is a rather innocent collection, silently setting itself firmly in the midst of contemporary Australian twang. While looking at life at ground level, Ciggie Witch revel in up-front recollections and revelations about not fitting in, wasting time, making hard decisions and not being satisfied with the results.
This is music that relies heavily on its fans buying into the bullshit. These songs connect with young kids because they think it’s cool at the time, but then get over it. This is music by a not-so-young kid that never got over it.