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What's good? David James Young here. Some people call me DJY. You can if you want to, as well. I write about music for a bunch of places. I really like doing it. I am a music critic, so please don't take it personally if I don't like your song. I'm just doing what's asked of me. Speaking of, if you'd like me to listen to and review your song then please email me: davidjamesyoungwrites@gmail.com. Be cool. Please. Photo by Ryan Kitching.
Royal & The Southern Echo

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
25

I think the main issue facing this song is that it's trying to be too many things at once. The acoustic guitar and simple refrain suggests a simple indie-folk/indie-pop vibe, but the glitching vocal samples and the swirling synth are reminiscent of stuff like Friendly Fires or Gypsy & The Cat. Both are fine in their own regards, and work well individually, but combined it leaves a stra...

I think the main issue facing this song is that it's trying to be too many things at once. The acoustic guitar and simple refrain suggests a simple indie-folk/indie-pop vibe, but the glitching vocal samples and the swirling synth are reminiscent of stuff like Friendly Fires or Gypsy & The Cat. Both are fine in their own regards, and work well individually, but combined it leaves a strange aftertaste. There's a lot to be desired here, and a lot of it comes down to how noncommittal the track ends up being.

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PRISCILLA

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
40

1994 saw the release of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in cinemas. It also saw the release of "Missing," what is now regarded as the signature song of Everything But the Girl. 25 years later, we have an unrelated Priscilla releasing an unrelated "Missing" - although, one could argue, there is a definite EBTG vibe to this mixed-gender duo from WA...

1994 saw the release of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in cinemas. It also saw the release of "Missing," what is now regarded as the signature song of Everything But the Girl. 25 years later, we have an unrelated Priscilla releasing an unrelated "Missing" - although, one could argue, there is a definite EBTG vibe to this mixed-gender duo from WA. Also playing into the dynamics of pairs like Moloko and Lamb, "Missing" exudes confident, arresting vocals and a lush musicial soundscape for said vocals to explore. It starts out in an almost trip-hop realm - like another 1994 staple, Portishead's "Dummy" - before it explodes into 21st century technicolour in its high-definition outro. For all the links to the past, "Missing" provides a fascinating insight into the immediate future.

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