REVIEWS

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘First Contact’ – Lastlings

‘First Contact’ has so many positive things going for it, with the excellent vocals and production making for the some of the best Australian electro-pop music that we’ve heard in 2020.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Not For The Weekend’ – The Lulu Raes

It’s a banger that people should be playing over the next few months, whether they’re with their friends at the beach, at a pool party over the new year’s period or simply just needing something to lift their mood. I’m keen to see what The Lulu Raes do next, and hopefully catch them at a live show soon.

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘Method Of Places’ – Lewis Coleman

Each song in Method of Places creates its own sonic world. Melbourne locals should definitely check this album out to see the incredible and experimental work coming out of our own city. The Australian music scene is thriving with new and established artists, we are so lucky to discover spectacular gems like this on our own doorstep.

EP REVIEW // ‘Anywhere’ – Hey Jan

‘Hey Jan’ is a fresh and local band to the Newcastle music scene; supplying a new sound with the release of their promising EP. The four-piece act takes you on a beautiful, mellow journey, taking your attention away from everything other than their music.

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘Reveries’ – Kingswood

It’s almost fortunate that Covid-19 happened, or else Kingswood might not have ever made ‘Revelries’, making an album that really made me fully appreciate ‘Juveniles’ even more, but also really showcases just how talented this band is. With a unique switch in style for the band, strong writing and great instrumentals, it’s one that fans of Kingswood definitely shouldn’t miss.

PREMIERE // ‘Smile My Way’ – Indigo Bloom

No strangers to the Newcastle Music Scene, Indigo Bloom have caused quite a stir. Supporting acts including Trophy Eyes, Luca Brasi and Towns, and with two EPs under their belt already, the five-piece band are back at it again with ‘Smile My Way’. Check out the premiere right now on Temporary Dreamer

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘i’m a f**king wreck’ – trials

The contrast between Daniyel’s self-deprecating lyrics and trials’ crisp production have created such a catchy sound. After accumulating nearly 9000+ Spotify streams in two days this track is yet another example of the potential that comes with talented Indigenous artists.

PREMIERE // ‘Searching’ – DMC

Heading in a different direction from his previous two releases, there is a confidence in Searching that displays his musical maturity. DMC is certainly an up-and-coming act to keep your eye out for

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Apricots’ – MAY-A

MAY-A’s light and breezy approach to storytelling can be felt even through the bold chorus of this track. She brings a relatability to her lyrics whilst exploring her talents as an artist through a sound that feels real and raw.

EP REVIEW // ‘All My Friends’ – DVNA

The album is undoubtably well structured and written. Her soulful, jazzy pop blend is a mood lifting remedy even when she talks about darker themes. It takes you on a positive journey of self-discovery as we experience alongside her; first love.

LIVE SHOW GALLERY + REVIEW // Jones The Cat and The Pits (The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle)

WORDS BY TARA CAMPBELLIMAGES BY GEORGIA GRIFFITHS It seemed like, for quite some time, that we weren’t going to be getting to see live music in 2020. However, with altered venues and a LOT of QR codes, classic venues (like The Cambridge Hotel) are beginning to let punters back in for socially distanced, seated gigs.Continue reading “LIVE SHOW GALLERY + REVIEW // Jones The Cat and The Pits (The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle)”

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Wave Breaks’ – Array

‘Wave Breaks’ is the perfect mix of orchestral sounds, with emotional guitar and beautiful lyrics. Some people just hit the right chords and notes to create the perfect song- Array have gone above and beyond to make this happen.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Work For Me’ – Mia Wray

Mia has shown us incredibly mature and soul filled vocals in this track, she is not here to mess around. Her minimal use of instrumentation gave Work For Me the perfect platform to showcase raw talent that will undoubtedly leave you feeling capable of following your passions.

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘Between You and Me’ – San Cisco

You can’t deny that this new record has some of the best music that the band has released in a while with fantastic writing, production and musical talent behind it from start to finish. Fans of the band will really like this new album, and newcomers will easily be able to catch on with the great hooks and sweet melodies.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Traction’ – OXLEE

Making leaps and bounds as an up-and-comer in the Aussie R&B scene, Traction is OXLEE’s third release for 2020. With no signs of slowing down, he is unafraid of laying his emotions down for others to find a piece of themselves in.

PREMIERE // ‘100% Alive’ EP – Milky Thred

Showcasing everything that life as a young Novocastrian is, their stream of singles since 2017 has covered everything from teen angst, to surfing, beaches and now, with a refined sound, the duo are ready to release 100% Alive to the world.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Quiet People’ – Tom Vs Tom

‘Quiet People’ is a groovy track, with excellent production and brilliant vocals. It’s a track that needs to instantly be added to every playlist. The song with immediately transport you to days in the city, or chilled out moments by the beach. Personally, I believe this track is a brilliant stand out in the music industry.

EP REVIEW // ‘Spells’ – Elmo Aoyama

In my listening of this EP I am thoroughly impressed with the diversity of sound and lyric for each track. It is incredible the amount of talent Elmo has for taking their listeners on a unique journey each time.

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘Brain Candy’ – Hockey Dad

The sheer atmosphere changes that occur within the setlist of the bands longest to date albums could seem juxtapositions at a glance, and you’d be right. But the careful consideration in the formation of the track list makes the journey a smooth ebb and flow rather than a snapping bungee.

ALBUM REVIEW // I’M DOING IT (E^ST)

Once a small central-coast act and now one of the best up-and-coming, mature artists- E^ST recently blessed our ears with her debut album I’M DOING IT. Although young, she’s has constantly wowed listeners by her maturity, song writing and catchy hooks. This album is no exception.

ALBUM REVIEW // DMA’s ‘The Glow’

Well, The Boys are Back! And after 2 years, since “For Now” and a 4-month delay there’s finally new music to light up that dark little hole in our lovely eardrums that craves a heavenly track like a clubber craves a kebab at 2 am on a Saturday in their Third Studio Album “The Glow”.

REVIEW // Spacey Jane Debut Album ‘Sunlight’

Spacey Janes debut album ‘Sunlight’ is a boatload of goodness that lives up to its title. The Western Australian sweethearts have created an album, which played in its entirety goes through a mass of emotions, whilst keeping a sunny demeanour and sound.

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