You can easily discern some of Blasko’s formative musical influences here: Talking Heads, New Order, Kate Bush and Michael Jackson are all somewhere in the mix. But this much more than the mere art of imitation; the album remains distinctly Blasko, with those slightly off-kilter rhythms and delicate melodies.
Along with her probing, erudite songs, the thing sets Holter apart from her alt-pop contemporaries is the clarity of sound on this record. While other indie darlings sing through that forced, I-couldn’t-give-a-shit accent or bury their voice in pursuit of an ethereal, lush soundscape, Holter’s rich vocals are front and centre, penetrating with precision.
After more than three decades in the music industry Stevens knows how to deliver: he still draws a strong crowd and they leave having had a great time. This is how a good rock’n’roll show should be.
Oculus Magnus is released through Great White Records, with Surviving Sharks launching the album at the Grace Emily Hotel this Saturday night.
FM radio may be awash with ‘Flame Trees’, ‘Cheap Wine’ and ‘Khe Sanh’ but, as great as those established numbers are, listeners deserve hear the material on The Perfect Crime: the songs stack up very well against the older material, but have the advantage of freshness and variety.
The Basics lived up to their name in a stripped down, intimate gig at the Grace Emily on Tuesday night; it was a thrilling, no-frills display of honest rock’n’roll.
This 70’s styled theme continues through the music and dancing at the beginning and end of Greta’s party, which may well be the film’s funniest moments.
The Progressive Feast was a wonderful way to celebrate quality SA produce, excellent beer and wine, and Adelaide’s innovative restaurants and bars, all the while raising money and awareness for OzHarvest SA.
Australian Mia Wasikowska delivers perhaps the weakest performance, and one feels like she didn’t quite capture the tone that the film required, which wasn’t helped by a lack of chemistry between her and Hiddleston.
This film was outstanding. It has multiple Oscars awaiting it – which ones, I’m not sure