Dilated Eye

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
30

This reminds me so much of kicking out the jams in the garage with my best mates through high school. The louder, the better. It warms my heart to think there are still kids out there doing the same. Keep it up, dudes.

This reminds me so much of kicking out the jams in the garage with my best mates through high school. The louder, the better. It warms my heart to think there are still kids out there doing the same. Keep it up, dudes.

Quite Like Pete

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
40

I dig this because it strikes a good balance. It's got a bit of production polish to it, but enough grit still in there to make it sound genuine. The vocals are strong, but not showy. The guitars are right in the tone-zone, not too GarageBand primitive or ProTools slick. Just really solid, no-frills power-pop. I'm on board.

I dig this because it strikes a good balance. It's got a bit of production polish to it, but enough grit still in there to make it sound genuine. The vocals are strong, but not showy. The guitars are right in the tone-zone, not too GarageBand primitive or ProTools slick. Just really solid, no-frills power-pop. I'm on board.

MIM

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
40

I feel like I'm on the precipice of something massive here, like in maybe 6-12 months time I'll see this woman on the main stage of a festival and the place will be PACKED. The vocals, the beat, the hook... it's all here. It's all ready to go. It truly feels like a "when," not "if" moment. That's pretty special.

I feel like I'm on the precipice of something massive here, like in maybe 6-12 months time I'll see this woman on the main stage of a festival and the place will be PACKED. The vocals, the beat, the hook... it's all here. It's all ready to go. It truly feels like a "when," not "if" moment. That's pretty special.

Paris Sparks

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
30

This is such a sweet, simple offering. It has all the intimacy of an iPhone recording. Paris has a really gorgeous voice, especially when the harmonies kick in. I would love to hear these tracks with a fuller arrangement.

This is such a sweet, simple offering. It has all the intimacy of an iPhone recording. Paris has a really gorgeous voice, especially when the harmonies kick in. I would love to hear these tracks with a fuller arrangement.

Essie Holt

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
30

A very quaint, very sweet number here. Kind of a low-key Adele vibe, which suits me just fine. Essie and Lanks' voices go very well together; reminds me of the Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy duets. Would not be opposed to more of them in the future.

A very quaint, very sweet number here. Kind of a low-key Adele vibe, which suits me just fine. Essie and Lanks' voices go very well together; reminds me of the Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy duets. Would not be opposed to more of them in the future.

Raised as Wolves

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
35

I'm the first to admit I've generally been pretty apathetic about this band in the past - nothing I heard or saw really stood out to me. This track is the first time that has changed, and I'm impressed by what's on offer here. The chord progression feels like a pop-punk retelling of Ride by The Vines, while the chorus is rousing and definitely festival-friendly. If the band ...

I'm the first to admit I've generally been pretty apathetic about this band in the past - nothing I heard or saw really stood out to me. This track is the first time that has changed, and I'm impressed by what's on offer here. The chord progression feels like a pop-punk retelling of Ride by The Vines, while the chorus is rousing and definitely festival-friendly. If the band continue in this direction, I'll definitely be investigating further. One gripe, though: "Antisocial" stretched out to five syllables is a Neddy No-No.

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Denise Le Menice

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Review by David James Young David James Young

11 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
40

If you're gonna do a solo project, make sure it sounds nothing like your main band. Consider Denise the Gwen Stefani to Boat Show's No Doubt - mostly because this shit is bananas AND it's hella good. That crystal guitar sound and those warm harmonies... what a dream.

If you're gonna do a solo project, make sure it sounds nothing like your main band. Consider Denise the Gwen Stefani to Boat Show's No Doubt - mostly because this shit is bananas AND it's hella good. That crystal guitar sound and those warm harmonies... what a dream.

Being Jane Lane

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Review by David James Young David James Young

11 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
30

Messy, trashy fun. Sounds like the soundtrack to a pub brawl.

Messy, trashy fun. Sounds like the soundtrack to a pub brawl.

As A Rival

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
25

There's a lot of potential here - I think the chorus is almost there, and the guitar tone is strong. The overly-Americanised vocals are somewhat of a deterrent, though, and the mix feels uneven. With a bit more work, I can see these guys nailing a big rock tune. I hope they get there.

There's a lot of potential here - I think the chorus is almost there, and the guitar tone is strong. The overly-Americanised vocals are somewhat of a deterrent, though, and the mix feels uneven. With a bit more work, I can see these guys nailing a big rock tune. I hope they get there.

BLKLST

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
35

This is cool! It's kind of a blend of latter-day Architects and Powerman 5000. I like how guttural and snarly the guitar is, although the production is a bit too big-budget slick for my tastes. Imagine this one goes off like a firecracker live.

This is cool! It's kind of a blend of latter-day Architects and Powerman 5000. I like how guttural and snarly the guitar is, although the production is a bit too big-budget slick for my tastes. Imagine this one goes off like a firecracker live.

Blue Velvet

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
30

I've caught these guys a few times, and I'm generally pretty into what they do. This gets off on the wrong foot for me, as the lower range vocals don't really suit and it feels clumsily executed. When it notches up to the next semi-octave, it sounds much better. That's probably my one bug-bear with this track, because otherwise I think it's a pretty solid outing from BV...

I've caught these guys a few times, and I'm generally pretty into what they do. This gets off on the wrong foot for me, as the lower range vocals don't really suit and it feels clumsily executed. When it notches up to the next semi-octave, it sounds much better. That's probably my one bug-bear with this track, because otherwise I think it's a pretty solid outing from BV. The driving organ is a great addition, as always, and I appreciate their brevity and brisk nature. Gets to the point, doesn't fuck about.

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Steel City Sue

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
40

Sue, I'm from Wollongong. The rival steel city to yours. As such, I really should be giving you a negative review. The problem is thus: Your song is just too damn good. Your vocals are delightful, the production is warm and roomy, the instrumentation and arrangement is on point. I'm absolutely going to check out the rest of the record. What a pleasant surprise.

Sue, I'm from Wollongong. The rival steel city to yours. As such, I really should be giving you a negative review. The problem is thus: Your song is just too damn good. Your vocals are delightful, the production is warm and roomy, the instrumentation and arrangement is on point. I'm absolutely going to check out the rest of the record. What a pleasant surprise.

Speakeasy

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 Oct 2018

Super Reviewer
30

I love the energy in the instrumentation here, it's got all the workings of a bright and catchy pop-rock tune. Rather than serve as a striking contrast, however, my concern is that the under-delivering and un-enthused lead vocals detract from the overall product. It needs to have a stronger sense of dynamics to really drive it home, which is a shame as I really do feel as though it's ...

I love the energy in the instrumentation here, it's got all the workings of a bright and catchy pop-rock tune. Rather than serve as a striking contrast, however, my concern is that the under-delivering and un-enthused lead vocals detract from the overall product. It needs to have a stronger sense of dynamics to really drive it home, which is a shame as I really do feel as though it's *almost* there.

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LOSER

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Review by David James Young David James Young

28 Sep 2018

Super Reviewer
40

I've had the pleasure of watching each of the members of this band play dozens of times over the years, and it's magic seeing how seamlessly they've come together. Craig and Tim's vocals go so well together, the guitar layers are brilliant and sense for pop dynamics is really something else. So excited to see where this lot goes next.

I've had the pleasure of watching each of the members of this band play dozens of times over the years, and it's magic seeing how seamlessly they've come together. Craig and Tim's vocals go so well together, the guitar layers are brilliant and sense for pop dynamics is really something else. So excited to see where this lot goes next.

Dear Seattle

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Aug 2018

Super Reviewer
35

As a Bachelor of Fuckwit from the University of Wollongong, I take umbrage with the opening line. Otherwise, very catchy and fun song y'got there, kids.

As a Bachelor of Fuckwit from the University of Wollongong, I take umbrage with the opening line. Otherwise, very catchy and fun song y'got there, kids.

Caravãna Sun

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Aug 2018

Super Reviewer
35

Cool to see the progression you guys have made, this has such a nice sound to it and it's clear a lot went into writing and recording it. One love!

Cool to see the progression you guys have made, this has such a nice sound to it and it's clear a lot went into writing and recording it. One love!

FRITZ

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Aug 2018

Super Reviewer
35

It's freezing outside right now, but this is pure sunshine. One to brighten your day.

It's freezing outside right now, but this is pure sunshine. One to brighten your day.

East Denistone

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Aug 2018

Super Reviewer
30

This feels like an off-shoot from that blue-eyed soul revival in the early 2000s - Norah Jones and Jamie Cullum and that whole mob. Quite nice and gentle, liked the distorted synth break as a bit of a surprise in the second half of the track. Vocals need a bit more confidence in the delivery to get this over the line from good to great. Lot of potential here.

This feels like an off-shoot from that blue-eyed soul revival in the early 2000s - Norah Jones and Jamie Cullum and that whole mob. Quite nice and gentle, liked the distorted synth break as a bit of a surprise in the second half of the track. Vocals need a bit more confidence in the delivery to get this over the line from good to great. Lot of potential here.

Ghost Hour

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Aug 2018

Super Reviewer
40

You may have seen Lachlan playing guitar in Gay Paris or, most recently, sleepmakeswaves. This sounds like neither - because apparently kicking arse in two different genres just wasn't enough. Now he's gotta be ripper at one-man-band power-pop, too. Hey, Lachlan! You're making us look STUPID! Jerk.

You may have seen Lachlan playing guitar in Gay Paris or, most recently, sleepmakeswaves. This sounds like neither - because apparently kicking arse in two different genres just wasn't enough. Now he's gotta be ripper at one-man-band power-pop, too. Hey, Lachlan! You're making us look STUPID! Jerk.

Tasman Keith

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Review by David James Young David James Young

21 Jun 2018

Super Reviewer
30

Can't fault the message on this one, it's delivered with great conviction. Interested to hear where the EP goes.

Can't fault the message on this one, it's delivered with great conviction. Interested to hear where the EP goes.