Category Archives: Music Reviews

January 01

Blank Tape Positive – Richard Garet and the sublime. (Music Review)

The relationship between making a sound, choosing what to listen to and listening are fraught with an infinitesimal series of choices that render listening an almost impossible act. Many of the choices that determine the registered sound (for a human creature going about their day) are unconscious, some are political, some are rational and a […]

November 25

Kiss Land – The Weeknd goes global. (Music Review)

The cover of Kiss Land says it all. Abel Tesfaye, aka Weeknd looking down his nose at the camera with a stare unconvinced by his own seriousness. I was a fan of the first three albums; House of Balloons scared the shit out of me (initially), Thursday really took the subversion to a whole new […]

October 16

Four Tet Beautiful Rewind Review at Slant Magazine

I am pleased to announce that I am writing music reviews for Slant Magazine. Slant Magazine is a publication I have admired for some time and I am very excited to be writing for them. To add to the fun and pleasure, my first review there is Four Tet’s latest – Beautiful Rewind. Check it […]

September 22

Chasing Kurt: From the inside – Deep House goes personal. (Music Review)

Build my own desire, Set my soul on fire, Music brings me back to my soul. With a fondness (conscious or otherwise) for deconstruction, Chasing Kurt land on the scene with their much anticipated first album “From the Inside.”  Musically, this is an intensely personal album, the three members finding a fusion in an environment […]

September 16

Pizzica Indiavolata – Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and the cure for what ails you. (Music Review)

I’ve been getting into Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino recently, a folk band from Italy, right down the bottom in the Puglia region, the part that forms the heel of the boot.  The region has a history of Hellenistic influence, and you can hear the Greek ancestry in Pizzica Indiavolata, as well as in their earlier albums. […]

June 30

Mister OTT – Matthew Ottignon and the homage to Ethiopian jazz love. (music review)

Matthew Ottignon is a cool as cool gets Sydney based jazz musician, born in NZ and world traveled enough to soak up sound culture everywhere he goes so he can include as much as possible in his musical performances.  I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Mister OTT’s first two singles at the […]

June 30

The Metropolitan Orchestra – Claire Edwardes Plays Rojas (music review)

The Aim of The Metropolitan Orchestra is to bring premium quality orchestral performance to more audiences, thereby inspiring a love of classical music. It was launched in 2009 and since then has continually brought superb intimate performances to a wide range of Sydneysiders across the metropolitan area. If it is true that art is brought […]

April 02

Mike Cooper – White Shadows in the South Seas: Exotica for the dawn of a new age. (music review)

When Arthur Lyman shouted those bird calls into the audience at the Shell Bar in 1951, he had no idea he was teetering drunk on the edge of a revolution. Not just a revolution in sound with the birth of Exotica, but a revolution with the discovery of Island Kitsch igniting a national mania for all […]

March 26

Bardo Pond – Yantra: Three epic tracks of dense textural landscape. (music review)

Like all the releases in the Latitudes collection, Bardo Pond’s Yntra arrived on the shelves in limited editions of collector-grade beauty. The three track mini album still clocks out at just over thirty seven minutes leaving with a hefty Bardo Pond vibe combined with a freedom-of-expression improv feel. The result still garners all that Bardo […]

March 12

Judy Kang – Judy Kang reimagines our relationsihp with the classical. (Music review)

I’ve been listening to this album for quite a while and it has grown on me, so much so that I’m searching for it in my playlist these days. It covers such a variety of sound imagery that I find my mood has to be right in order to grasp the depths in her offerings, […]