TV on the Radio - Seeds

Tv on the Radio – Seeds

Writing about TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light in 2011 – after it topped my albums of the year poll, I wrote: “I loved Dear Science, which was like the last half of a great house party, funky and fun but kinda morose at the same time. Nine Types of Light feels like…

The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers are one of those bands that I’ve always felt vaguely guilty for not liking. The problem wasn’t that I had some deep-seated hatred for the group that I was unable to express, but rather that the group’s impressive reputation and pedigree never translated into great music for me. Sure, Twin Cinema is…

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Listening to Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – the second solo album from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, which was tossed into the internet without preamble on Friday – for the first time, I experienced a moment of aural disconnect that’s characteristic of the millennial music experience. I’d received a message on the phone on which I was…

Death From Above 1979

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Death From Above 1979’s 2004 debut You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine always struck me as a scorched earth deal, a grenade tossed by Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler into an unsuspecting music scene before striding away, completely nonchalant. The robustness of the record suggested a simplicity that belied how tricky it was to…

Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Kimbra – The Golden Echo

“90s Music” – the first single from Kimbra’s The Golden Echo – is a misleading introduction in more ways than one. The off-kilter danciness of the track reminds me of Kanye West’s “Power”, in that it’s the kind of pop song that manages to combine infectious glee with intentional abrasiveness; it simultaneously sounds like it…

Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring

By the time punk found me, it had died and been born again many times over. It was 2002, and I’d just moved in to my first share house, a boxy little unit in Toowong filled with empty beer bottles, guitars and – if we’d been slack cleaning the dishes – a colony of maggots.…

Eno-Hyde

Eno•Hyde – Someday World

Someday World is the child of two parents: two musicians, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, who would each likely appear in my own personal top ten favourite musicians. It’s pointless to try to summarise the breadth of Eno’s inimitable musical career within the confines of a mere music review; suffice to say he contributes his…

clipping - CLPPNG

clipping. – CLPPNG

CLPPNG is a dark, often difficult record. It’s despair; it’s disgust; it’s the acrid sting of bile in the back of your throat. It wields its malignant soundscape — a swirl of hard-edged textures, a maelstrom of noise — not as an outcry of aggression (though there is anger here), but as a manifesto of…