EP REVIEW: SWIMWEAR (DAPPLED CITIES’ TIM DERRICOURT) – HIGH SUMMER

  Dappled Cities’ Tim Derricourt has already dipped his toes into side-project waters with the release of two EPs under the moniker Swimwear. His latest, High Summer, offers up a book-end to the previous Low Summer EP and also celebrates the hot season with some bittersweet dance music via indie-pop sounds. The songs are not…

EP REVIEW: DAN SULTAN – DIRTY GROUND

  Dan Sultan’s latest EP Dirty Ground draws together a collection of demos and outtakes from his latest Blackbird record, all tracked in a single day. The six songs actually have a lot more in common with The Beatles’ song of the same name, because here Sultan moves away from his soulful rock’n’roll sound to focus on raw, stripped-back…

EP REVIEW: THE LOVE JUNKIES – FLIGHT TEST

  Flight Test, the follow-up to The Love Junkies debut LP, should be called “mix tape”, as it’s one varied experiment of solo and group tunes that are difficult to pigeonhole. The WAM (Western Australian Music) winners wrote, recorded, and mixed the EP in the foothills of Perth. The result is five honest tracks that explore…

EP REVIEW: DAVEY LANE – THE GOOD BORNE OF BAD TYMES

  He’s You Am I’s guitarist, so most people would probably bet that Davey Lane’s first solo output would be guitar-based and probably rock. But they’d only be half right. His debut EP, The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes has guitar pop sure, but he’s also added another feather to his cap with vocal effects and spacey keys punctuating these proceedings….

EP REVIEW: MORGAN BAIN – SELF-TITLED

Morgan Bain is a young man that practices what he preaches. He has said that he thinks everyone should experiment and write songs about as many things as they can and tell a story. On his second, eponymous EP he does this while also talking cues from Victor Hugo. At the end of the day it’s…

EP REVIEW: BELLTALK – LIGHTS

  Brisbane four-piece, Belltalk should be called “Beautiful”. Their sound is gorgeous, the members are young and attractive and the lyrics are personal and evocative. On their debut EP, Lights, they offer a varied sound across five tracks that will hook the listener in from the first breath. It should come as no surprise that this set of songs…

EP REVIEW: TIGERTOWN – WANDERING EYES

  The third EP from indie pop quintet, Tigertown looks just like a vinyl LP from the seventies. Heck, Wandering Eyes even sounds like a record from that era. The group certainly know their Fleetwood Mac’s from their Fairport Conventions. They also offer something homely and not altogether unexpected here. The band members are all tied together by either…

EP REVIEW: BEN SALTER – EUROPEAN VACATION

  Some people send postcards and then there’s Ben Salter. The troubadour spent five months in Europe and rather than come home with souvenirs, he has gone and produced the European Vacation EP. These seven tracks follow on from his debut solo album,“The Cat”. It also references the country, folk, rock and pop that he’s known…

EP REVIEW: FLEA – HELEN BURNS

I dunno how Flea does it. When he’s not being Michael Balzary and father to Clara and Sunny he spends his downtime as a member of famous supergroups (hello: Atoms For Peace). His day job also means he does hand-stands (both literal and aural) for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. And somewhere in between (sources say back in 2007) he managed…

EP REVIEW: PLACEBO – B3 EP

Placebo’s B3 EP fails to instil much confidence for the band’s future. They are at risk of becoming a bitter pill to swallow after their previous, turgid album Battle for the Sun and the three year wait for this follow up EP. Plus Brian Molko’s whole angst-ridden schtick is becoming very tired now that he’s nearing 40. The mood…

EP REVIEW: TIGERTOWN – BEFORE THE MORNING

Bigger IS better, as Tigertown’s sophomore EP, Before The Morning, proves. The Sydney quintet produce rich and energetic music that falls into the folk, pop and indie genres. It’s a sprawling sound, or one you’d associate with cuts from a film soundtrack, because at some moments it is full of hope, while at other times it…