Honey Bones is charmingly loose around the edges, while showcasing Angus Stone’s strong songwriting skills.
It’s a good thing that a band like Radiohead can even exist. In a sea of simple and generic pop products, their sophisticated art-rock compositions are a life-raft for those who look for a little more challenge or intelligence in their listening choices.
While many songwriters seem to run out of ideas, Paul Dempsey just gets more and more interesting as time goes by.
Many years ago, whilst interviewing British punk iconoclast Howard Devoto, I was made to feel totally inadequate because […]
Lyrical heroes of kitchen sink drama, both Miles Kane and Alex Turner have crafted another beautiful album that speaks to an audience of heartbroken and lamenting listeners.
Rising With The Sun, the sixth album from The Cat Empire, strikes a pleasing balance: there’s enough that’s familiar to satisfy dedicated fans, while also managing to expand sonic boundaries by experimenting with new sounds.
If you revelled in the ground-breaking work Bowie was doing in the mid to late seventies and then dreamed what he might be up to forty years later, then Blackstar would be a worthy answer.
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.
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.
August was a great month for albums, with high quality LPs dropping every week, both here and internationally. The Upside News takes a look at releases from Mac DeMarco, Destroyer, Bad//Dreems and The Bohicas.