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Single Reviews

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:04pm

What is Hugh Jackman’s favourite berry? Loganberry. (Please note this joke is less corny than the ending of Logan.)

 

Single Of The Week

Alice Ivy Ft E^St & Charlie Threads : Get Me A Drink

I’m a sucker for ripper opening lines, and “I’ve thrown up everywhere” is an absolute belter. Alice Ivy’s greatest strength is dexterity, cutting between lanes like...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:09pm

Can someone ask Nintendo to send me a Switch and new Zelda and I’ll review it for next week’s column cheers.

 

Single Of The Week

Lorde : Green Light

Folks, it’s a banger. Green Light holds onto Lorde’s initial exploration of overbearing mundanity, eeriness sublimating into rollicking triumph. Lorde has become a pop superstar in the past three years, and...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:11pm

I’m still profusely vomiting from Oscars Fever, baby!

 

Single Of The Week

Methyl Ethel : L'Heure des Sorcières

Perth’s Methyl Ethel again ascend to dizzying heights, fleshing out into a festival-sized arrangement on L'Heure des Sorcières, indulging in brilliant, cascading flair. New LP Everything Is Forgotten arrives this week.

 

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Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:41pm

Anyone noticed Melbourne’s weather today? Isn’t it hot/cold? Jeez Louise!

 

Single Of The Week

Darcy Baylis : Be Patient, Be Tender

As if the emotional essence of Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreaks, MBDTF, and Yeezus coagulated into a dancefloor-ready jam, Beat Patient, Be Tender pushes introspective vocal house into its dichotomous extremes – beauty both scary...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:11pm

Glad the Grammys could find a fellow openly British artist in Adele to pay tribute to George Michael.

 

Single Of The Week

Aldous Harding : Horizon

Daring inflections embolden barebones arrangement to devastating effect on Horizon. Harding meditates on moments, on melodies, with impeccable mastery – cracks opening in the darkness. That’s how the light gets...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:37pm

Dogs AFLW flag 2017.

 

Single Of The Week

Divide & Dissolve : Black Vengeance

Listening to Divide & Dissolve on headphones is a bit more comfortable than watching Divide & Dissolve in a 40-degree Tote bandroom. But that’s not to say it’s comfortable, it’s discomfort without aggression, yet still achieving an immense scale of power. New album...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:46pm

Pinch punch first day of the month! Haha but seriously fight fascism and punch any Nazi scumbags you might come across cheers.

 

Single Of The Week

Methyl Ethel : Ubu

Sit Ubu sit. Good song.

 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever : French Press

I’m a sucker for deft wordplay, and “I’ve been reading the French press” is a ripper turn...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:44pm

My Sugar Mountain review: It was sweet!

 

Single Of The Week

Dirty Projectors : Up In Hudson

Wasn’t on board with the first two tracks preceding the upcoming Dirty Projectors record, but I’m on board with this. Dave Longstreth addresses his band/relationship breakup directly, and has come up with a ripper tune as a result. Makes the best of what’s on offer...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:18pm

Get Mike Myers on the blower we fucken need Austin Powers 4 stat.

 

Single Of The Week

Wet Lips : Can’t Take It Anymore

A missile of an anthem buckling at the pop rivets, Can’t Take It Anymore is a focussed, powerful blast of inspired energy. Ittalks the talk, walks the walk, and doesn’t put up with any shit in the process. It’s music with a simple but...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:03pm

I haven’t reviewed any singles since last year! #LOL

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

MIGOS : T-Shirt

A woozy, relatively subdued taste from Migos’s upcoming Culture, T-Shirt marries impossible cool with eerie detachment, refining the ATL trio’s sprawling influence of recent years, continuing with purpose on the path of their own carving. The Migos are playing chess...

Posted 2 Jan 2017 @ 12:07pm

"I'd like to call Bob Murphy to the stand, you deserve Single Of The Year more than anyone mate."

- Lachlan Kanoniuk

 

Single Of The Year

Spike Fuck : Guts

Can’t think of a way to say it without coming across as hyperbolic, so I’ll just come across as hyperbolic. I listen to Guts and I think of the songs venerated in the Australian songwriting canon...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:07pm

*sung to the tune of Paul McCartney’s Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time* I’m simply having a wonderful Christmas time.

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

Spod : Boys Night

This boys’ night anthem keeps it so simple that it would be outright silly if it didn’t nail the elements, and it nails the elements. It’s funny without being too jokey, dissecting bloke-ness...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:05pm

I was asked to review a bunch of new Christmas songs straight after Meredith and let me tell you the current mood is not great.

 

PENTATONIX : God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

This sounds like what would happen if Hillsong made their own Westworld but each robot’s narrative involved ‘singing like an absolute fuckwit’.

 

SHE & HIM : Let It Snow

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Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:45pm

Aiming to cram a year’s worth of exercise into Sheila E’s Meredith set. Wish me luck.

 

Single Of The Week

Various Asses : Hood Team

I kinda regret listening to this at home on headphones before hearing it live. I wanna hear it in a crammed club with a hundred or so people cutting sick at the song’s plot twist (which I won’t spoil here). But you know what,...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:06pm

Failed to get picked up in the AFL Draft again, so looks like I’m doing this column for at least another year. Sorry.

 

Single Of The Week
Hi-Tec Emotions : Look Around

This feels like a comprehensive overload, but at the same time, leaves you fangin’ for a whole lot more. A bit like the most cyclonic moments from Blank Realm, supercharged into blown-out extremes...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:22pm

She embodies everything music should be. Thank you, Sharon Jones 

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

CAMP COPE : Keep Growing

A slinky, dreamy number from power trio Camp Cope, hitting that sweet balancing point between a communal triumph and something direct and intimate. After releasing their ripper self-titled debut earlier in the year, you could forgive Camp Cope for...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm

Thank you Leonard. Say g’day to Hank, up there in the Tower Of Song xo.

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

NUN : Can’t Chain

A canny tightrope between detached cool and focused propulsion, Can’t Chain initiates with an elevating sense of grandiose before kicking into overdrive. It’s a dizzying, melodic spell, jack-knifing melodic shifts inferring glee without sounding...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:45pm

Check in next week’s column intro for the exclusive announcement of the next US president! #scoop

 

Single Of The Week

Sampa The Great : Mona Lisa

Few in Australia have been operating on the same level as Sampa The Great since her breakthrough with The Great Mixtape a bit over a year ago – maintaining pristine quality with a constant output of fresh...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:15pm

Big hearty hooroo to gun Beat editor Cara. Thanks for publishing my shit.

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

TWO STEPS ON THE WATER : A Little Bit Scared

An understated propulsion flows throughout A Little Bit Scared, cascading violin melodies conjuring a whirlwind. Here, Two Steps On The Water feel in control of chaos, surreptitiously exploding into throes of passion...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 11:45am

With Lachlan Kanoniuk

 

BROADWAY SOUNDS : Ah Ring Ah Ting Ting

Broadway Sounds release a track that sounds pretty much like every other track they’ve released, diminishing returns hastened with some patois in the titular choral cry that’s a little bit questionable. I’d never let a press release affect a review, but the claim that their sound is “something that’s...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:33pm

Wake me up when AFL Trade Week ends.

 

BIG SMOKE : Wrong

Big Smoke find a huge clearing of space in Wrong, invoking a huge landscape. It sounds bloody great, something akin to The Cars meets The Triffids. It meditates on the “don’t get me wrong” refrain, each shift loaded with impact.

 

THE LEMON TWIGS : As Long As We’re Together

The...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:37pm

It’s skivvy season, baby.

 

SOLANGE : Cranes In The Sky

Sparse instrumentation clears a direct emotional pathway for Cranes In The Sky, sounding so deceptively simple while each subtle shift resonates with humane impact. It builds such a profound calm, nestle in deep enough and you’ll weep with relief. Really listen, you’ll be rewarded. A Seat At The Table,...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:00pm

SONS. OF. THE. WEST. YOU. ABSOLUTE. BEAUTY. DOGS FLAG 2016. WE FUCKEN DID IT. AIR PICKO. TOMMY BOYD THREW THE BIG FRAME AROUND. JJ PUT THE FUCKEN BURNERS ON. WE STUCK IT RIGHT UP EM. MOZ DID IT ALL WITH A BROKEN BACK. HIS BACK WAS BROKEN. THIS IS THE BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE. THERE SHOULD BE A SOLID GOLD STATUE OF BEVO GOING UP IN FOOTSCRAY (PROBS A MILLION WORTH OF GOLD IN HIS BICEPS ALONE #PIPES...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 11:34am

This is the best week of my life. No matter what happens on Saturday, I’m bloody proud of the mighty Doggies. Having said that, a win would be pretty handy. Dare to dream everyone. Cede Nullis, Dogs. Cede Nullis.

 

NICK MURPHY : Fear Less

There comes a time in every young artist’s life when they realise the band/artist name they’ve chosen is a bit shit. Usually it...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 11:58am

How about them beautiful Western Bulldogs. Dare to dream, everyone.

 

SLEIGH BELLS - It’s Just Us Now

It’s rather admirable that the dude from Sleigh Bells is trying to sustain a career in playing guitar when he’s spent the past five years proving he has no fucking idea how to play a guitar. You could let a small number of moray eels loose into an Allans Billy...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:16pm

I don’t ask much in this humble little column that hits the streets each week. But I’ll ask this: It would be great if you could all get behind the Western Bulldogs Football Club this Friday evening. Cheers, Lachlan.

 

GUY SEBASTIAN : Candle

You know how sometimes a track has so many things it reminds you of that it kind of makes all reference points meaningless?...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 12:24pm

How Jakey Stringer got his groove back: the Dogs 2016 finals story (please).

 

DIE ANTWOORD : We Have Candy

For all their many shortcomings, I kinda dig some of Die Antwoord’s rave rap bangers. We Have Candy is dumb. Not even dumb fun. It’s vaudevillian idiocy, a diss track at Starbucks I think. Sometimes novelty isn’t novel.

 

DD DUMBO : Walrus...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:56am

Subscribe to RRR. “Subscribing to RRR is cool.” – Lachlan Kanoniuk, 2016

 

FRANK OCEAN : Nikes

The thing with this is, Frank just makes it all seem so effortless. There’s a groggy stream of consciousness, pitched-up, creating a disjointed calm, a sense of honesty. Clearing into a raw, slightly autotune-inflected vocal, Nikes possesses layers, cascading and serene...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 12:57pm

Currently in the market for a personal trainer capable of getting me fit enough to dance my arse off to Sheila E. at Meredith.

 

POWELL FEAT. FRANKIE : Frankie

Opening with a throwback to the primordial stages of electronic music with errant hisses, Powell eventually constructs a deep groove with a minimalist toolset, joined by Frankie (AKA HTRK’s Jonnine...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 11:44am

Full credit to Frankie Ocean for one of 2016’s greatest stitch-ups! Really brings us all together.

 

WARPAINT : New Song

New Song kind of meanders about the place, which isn’t a terminal quality for a song, but here it tends to grate as a sense of overlong pervades. Best when it fully locks into a groove, with the slinky bassline proving the star, peppered with a...

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