REVIEWS

LIVE SHOW REVIEW + GALLERY // BUGS + Melaleuca, Teenage Joans (Oxford Art Factory)

A night full of friends, covers, new songs, jokes and dancing gave a diamond like shine to BUGS late show at Oxford Art Factory last Friday.

EP REVIEW // ‘Acoustic Live’ – Lastlings

Queensland Electronic sibling duo Lastlings have unplugged their D.J Equipment and shared their aptly titled EP with us; Acoustic Live. It comes after their acclaimed 2020 release, First Contact. This EP restyles a number of their hit tracks and really displays the experienced and talented musicians the brother and sister are.

LIVE SHOW REVIEW // Yours & Owls Festival (Wollongong)

Though facing teething pains, Yours & Owls is a return to form for live music in this state and for festivals on a wider scale. With acts performing at 100 and music-starved attendees ready to dance their feet off, it’s a promising sign of what’s to come.

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘0202’ – The Rubens

The Rubens feel like they’re finally settled into their groove on this album. While not every track is a get out of your seat and dance song, they are all very well thought out and deserve individual attention. All in all, 0202 is The Rubens’ most adventurous and most complete album yet, with a track list that will be sure to become a fan favourite into the future.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Gemini’ – Lili Crane

‘Gemini’ is Lili Crane’s first 2021 release, after the release of her debut EP ‘In My Head’ in 2020, and 2019 singles ‘Don’t Take My Mask Off’, ‘Drama Queen’ and ‘Stay Forever’, a track that gained quite a lot of success. Gemini seems to display an angst and sound that shows Lili’s progression from a young artist, into a mature and self-aware musician.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘White Noise’ – Second Idol

White Noise is everything the music industry at this point of time has been missing, and it is certain that Second Idol are taking the industry by storm. It’s a strong and powerful song that will get stuck in your head, leaving you in a state of rebellion.

LIVE SHOW REVIEW // Tulliah + Holly Hebe (Corner Hotel)

Born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, ​Tulliah​ is a salt water baby in the big smoke playing a sold out show at the Corner Hotel on Swan Street, Richmond. This show was to celebrate the release of her song ​Just My Type (A Little Bit Lonely),​ it was also a tease of what is to come on her upcoming EP.

ALBUM REVIEW // ‘SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound’ – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Western Australia’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are back with their latest album: ‘SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound’. This is album number four from the psych rockers, who have been making a notable name for themselves over the past few years with three successful albums under their belts, the band playing across the country at various big festival and gigs, as well as getting a ton of support from Triple J and Triple J Unearthed, with lots of airtime and ‘SHYGA!’ receiving the coveted feature album slot very recently.

PREMIERE // ‘LSD Chimpanzee’ – Martom

LSD Chimpanzee is the debut single from Sydney Alt Rock band ‘Martom’ and we’re fortunate enough to be premiering the track right now, here on Temporary Dreamer. If you’re a fan of Alt-J, Rex Orange County or just want a new go-to track, I highly recommend this one.

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.

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