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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Jan 2018

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25

On one hand, this is a complete mess. On the other hand, it appears that was the point. This gave me a headache - which also appears to be the point. A devon sandwich is a sometimes food.

On one hand, this is a complete mess. On the other hand, it appears that was the point. This gave me a headache - which also appears to be the point. A devon sandwich is a sometimes food.

sleepclub

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Jan 2018

Super Reviewer
40

How delightful is this? Lush harmonies, sun-kissed guitar, a gentle breeze, a chord progression to swoon over. Lot of people are gonna be waking up to this very soon, believe you me.

How delightful is this? Lush harmonies, sun-kissed guitar, a gentle breeze, a chord progression to swoon over. Lot of people are gonna be waking up to this very soon, believe you me.

Alana Jagt

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Jan 2018

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40

There just ain't enough country on Triple J Unearthed, consarn it! Really adored this - shades of Eilen Jewell and Loretta Lynn in there, and the vocals are a dream.

There just ain't enough country on Triple J Unearthed, consarn it! Really adored this - shades of Eilen Jewell and Loretta Lynn in there, and the vocals are a dream.

Dinosaur Beard

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Jan 2018

Super Reviewer
30

A bit of sleepy psychedelia never hurt anyone. This is perfectly harmless, charming and sweet. A little bit Dandy Warhols, a little bit Gelbison (remember Gelbison?). I'm sure you'll see this lot wind up on a folk festival bill somewhere. Cool name, too.

A bit of sleepy psychedelia never hurt anyone. This is perfectly harmless, charming and sweet. A little bit Dandy Warhols, a little bit Gelbison (remember Gelbison?). I'm sure you'll see this lot wind up on a folk festival bill somewhere. Cool name, too.

Sparkitect

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Jan 2018

Super Reviewer
30

It's cool to see the reach of grime and its influence, but there's a fine line between imitation and inspiration. "Storm in Your Vision" teeters on it, but there's enough going on here to ensure it's passable. Maybe tone down the faux-British accent, that'd be my only real tip.

It's cool to see the reach of grime and its influence, but there's a fine line between imitation and inspiration. "Storm in Your Vision" teeters on it, but there's enough going on here to ensure it's passable. Maybe tone down the faux-British accent, that'd be my only real tip.

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Jan 2018

Super Reviewer
25

For a second there, I thought someone had found the demos that my high-school band recorded and uploaded them to fuck with me. Needless to say, this is very rock & roll high school. I look forward to your growth and eventually doing away with the K-Mart-bought Nirvana tees.

For a second there, I thought someone had found the demos that my high-school band recorded and uploaded them to fuck with me. Needless to say, this is very rock & roll high school. I look forward to your growth and eventually doing away with the K-Mart-bought Nirvana tees.

Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones

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Review of Dreams I Could Recall by Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones David James Young

02 Sep 2017

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45

Azim has created something really beautiful here. Fragile, honest, wrought in its emotions and resonant in its lyricism. A stellar showing in the next wave of Australian emo (AKA emu) acts. Simultaneously as cold as Canberra and as warm as a home.

Azim has created something really beautiful here. Fragile, honest, wrought in its emotions and resonant in its lyricism. A stellar showing in the next wave of Australian emo (AKA emu) acts. Simultaneously as cold as Canberra and as warm as a home.

Asha Jefferies

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Review by David James Young David James Young

23 Aug 2017

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30

I like the unique vocal melody and the lilt in the voice itself, but the track itself is too long and meandering to properly have the impact it deserves. Pleasant, but not fulfilling of its own potential.

I like the unique vocal melody and the lilt in the voice itself, but the track itself is too long and meandering to properly have the impact it deserves. Pleasant, but not fulfilling of its own potential.

The Plastic Attraction

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Aug 2017

Super Reviewer
20

Bland, inoffensive, vaguely Christian.

Bland, inoffensive, vaguely Christian.

RAAVE TAPES

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

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40

k bye sounds like an absolute munter running on stage at a DZ Deathrays show, stealing the microphone and making up lyrics on the spot while the band plays on. That is absolutely a compliment, mind you.

k bye sounds like an absolute munter running on stage at a DZ Deathrays show, stealing the microphone and making up lyrics on the spot while the band plays on. That is absolutely a compliment, mind you.

Caiti Baker

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

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40

Stop denying Caiti Baker her place at the table. It only makes her hungrier. Hungry like the wolf, even. This is her most adventurous and ambitious song yet, and I'm completely enamoured with it.

Stop denying Caiti Baker her place at the table. It only makes her hungrier. Hungry like the wolf, even. This is her most adventurous and ambitious song yet, and I'm completely enamoured with it.

Arno Faraji

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

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40

Damned if this didn't put a big grin on my face. Kid's got bars, kid's got beats, who could ask for anything more?

Damned if this didn't put a big grin on my face. Kid's got bars, kid's got beats, who could ask for anything more?

RUBY FIELDS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

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30

There's a disconnect between the intentionally-lackadaisical vocal delivery and the radio-friendly production sheen which makes the listening experience somewhat conflicted - I was under the impression one could only be simply 'whelmed' in Europe. Regardless, I foresee this doing quite well; a lot of young people will quote lyrics from it on Twitter and add LITERALLY ME. We did t...

There's a disconnect between the intentionally-lackadaisical vocal delivery and the radio-friendly production sheen which makes the listening experience somewhat conflicted - I was under the impression one could only be simply 'whelmed' in Europe. Regardless, I foresee this doing quite well; a lot of young people will quote lyrics from it on Twitter and add LITERALLY ME. We did the same with Lahey last year. Meet this year's model.

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Hair Die

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

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40

How good is post-punk in Australia? Between Mere Women, Gold Class, Mining Boom, Clean Shirt, Death Bells and now this, it may be stronger than it's ever been. This had me dancing from the second it kicked off. The keyboard hook is sunk in and isn't coming unhooked any time soon.

How good is post-punk in Australia? Between Mere Women, Gold Class, Mining Boom, Clean Shirt, Death Bells and now this, it may be stronger than it's ever been. This had me dancing from the second it kicked off. The keyboard hook is sunk in and isn't coming unhooked any time soon.

kuda manuka

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

Super Reviewer
35

Kuda, damn! You're teasing me! I wanna hear this blown out with a full-band arrangement. I can hear that slinky groove already. Even as a sketch, this is streets ahead of a lot of other stuff going on right now. Keeping a close eye on this one.

Kuda, damn! You're teasing me! I wanna hear this blown out with a full-band arrangement. I can hear that slinky groove already. Even as a sketch, this is streets ahead of a lot of other stuff going on right now. Keeping a close eye on this one.

Cat Cloud

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Review by David James Young David James Young

07 Aug 2017

Super Reviewer
25

Checked this out because I was intrigued by the name and the photo. I think there's some cool ideas here, but I'm not quite sold on the execution. The programmed drums sound too realistic, for one - if you're going to use a drum machine, the beats should be really processed. The fake-out lead guitar parts are also quite annoying after the first couple. For a song that's near...

Checked this out because I was intrigued by the name and the photo. I think there's some cool ideas here, but I'm not quite sold on the execution. The programmed drums sound too realistic, for one - if you're going to use a drum machine, the beats should be really processed. The fake-out lead guitar parts are also quite annoying after the first couple. For a song that's nearly five minutes, not nearly enough actually goes on to justify that fact. The potential's here, but it's not quite tapped into yet.

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Antonia & The Lazy Susans

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Review of Home Here With Your Friends by David James Young

17 Jul 2017

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50

This band is so special. Inherently relatable, strikingly emotional and a knack for dynamic songwriting that belies their early-twenties age average entirely. If home is where the heart is, Antonia and the Lazy Susans feel like coming home. Meet your new family. Meet your new favourite fucking band.

This band is so special. Inherently relatable, strikingly emotional and a knack for dynamic songwriting that belies their early-twenties age average entirely. If home is where the heart is, Antonia and the Lazy Susans feel like coming home. Meet your new family. Meet your new favourite fucking band.

Holiday Party

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2017

Super Reviewer
40

Little Scout proves to be a real Hydran beast - its head has been cut off, but in its place has grown Pynes, Exhibitionist and now this. All wonderful, bright, beautiful music. I hope it all gets the recognition LS never did.

Little Scout proves to be a real Hydran beast - its head has been cut off, but in its place has grown Pynes, Exhibitionist and now this. All wonderful, bright, beautiful music. I hope it all gets the recognition LS never did.

Love Blisters

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Review by David James Young David James Young

19 Jun 2017

Super Reviewer
35

Isn't this charming? I had to giggle when I heard the bike bell off in the distance at the end. Very sweet little ditty, this one.

Isn't this charming? I had to giggle when I heard the bike bell off in the distance at the end. Very sweet little ditty, this one.

Capes

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Review by David James Young David James Young

19 Jun 2017

Super Reviewer
35

It's so cold in Canberra right now, so it's nice to have something so warm and comforting coming from there. What a lovely song.

It's so cold in Canberra right now, so it's nice to have something so warm and comforting coming from there. What a lovely song.