Spacey Jane

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

After I saw Spacey Jane open for Charly Bliss at the end of July, I spent almost an entire day listening to their song “Balmy.” I couldn't get enough of it. I haven't had quite had that same click with “Good for You” just yet, but I still think it deserves a listen. It's a bright, upbeat rocker that boasts all the calling cards of preppy 2010s indie yet still manages to g...

After I saw Spacey Jane open for Charly Bliss at the end of July, I spent almost an entire day listening to their song “Balmy.” I couldn't get enough of it. I haven't had quite had that same click with “Good for You” just yet, but I still think it deserves a listen. It's a bright, upbeat rocker that boasts all the calling cards of preppy 2010s indie yet still manages to get a little sting in the tail. Good for them!

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imbi the girl

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

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30

I like “our room” from a production standpoint – it's got a lot of really nice keyboard flourishes and a simple, bassy beat to accompany it. I wish there was a little more going on lyrically and vocally, as both get a little repetitive, but there's something strong in the midst of it that is worth pursuing. It's nice to see someone going their own way and trying out somethi...

I like “our room” from a production standpoint – it's got a lot of really nice keyboard flourishes and a simple, bassy beat to accompany it. I wish there was a little more going on lyrically and vocally, as both get a little repetitive, but there's something strong in the midst of it that is worth pursuing. It's nice to see someone going their own way and trying out something different, and I truly do wish them all the best going forward with everything.

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Nautical Mile

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

First things first: Caleb, is it? Caleb Wynter. Your fucking drummer is a beast, Nautical Mile. Pay him. Pay him double, pay him now. On this track alone he's more than earned his keep. The rest of you are fine, and this is a pretty catchy song and all. Caleb, though. My MAN. You're the half star in this 3.5. You went the extra mile, my dude.

First things first: Caleb, is it? Caleb Wynter. Your fucking drummer is a beast, Nautical Mile. Pay him. Pay him double, pay him now. On this track alone he's more than earned his keep. The rest of you are fine, and this is a pretty catchy song and all. Caleb, though. My MAN. You're the half star in this 3.5. You went the extra mile, my dude.

Keelan Mak

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

I knew this guy was familiar! Reviewed "Warm Blooded" back in March, and I really liked the blue-eyed soul mixed with the electronica influence. That's very much at play again here, and Keelan has maintained a firm grasp on the sound. Weirdly, I almost get a new-jack swing vibe in parts. I dunno if that was intentional or not, but there you go. Where was I? Oh yeah, this is cool....

I knew this guy was familiar! Reviewed "Warm Blooded" back in March, and I really liked the blue-eyed soul mixed with the electronica influence. That's very much at play again here, and Keelan has maintained a firm grasp on the sound. Weirdly, I almost get a new-jack swing vibe in parts. I dunno if that was intentional or not, but there you go. Where was I? Oh yeah, this is cool. Nice one, man.

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Above, Below

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

Man, you kids fucken swung for the fences on this one hey. I think I heard a kitchen sink in there somewhere - absolutely no expense spared. This sounds huge, and a lot of work clearly went into making it happen. I am thoroughly impressed by the execution here - especially considering this side of the metalcore world isn't normally my thing. Above, Below - more like Above, Beyond.

Man, you kids fucken swung for the fences on this one hey. I think I heard a kitchen sink in there somewhere - absolutely no expense spared. This sounds huge, and a lot of work clearly went into making it happen. I am thoroughly impressed by the execution here - especially considering this side of the metalcore world isn't normally my thing. Above, Below - more like Above, Beyond.

Lonelyspeck

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
45

You got no idea how long I've waited for new Lonelyspeck. Actually, if you measure the amount of time between the last EP and this song coming out, you'll have a very precise idea. Either way, Lonelyspeck is a need-to-know artist. They are pushing some major boundaries in the world of electronic music, and “My Angel” takes it to yet another extreme. Sione's love of post-hardc...

You got no idea how long I've waited for new Lonelyspeck. Actually, if you measure the amount of time between the last EP and this song coming out, you'll have a very precise idea. Either way, Lonelyspeck is a need-to-know artist. They are pushing some major boundaries in the world of electronic music, and “My Angel” takes it to yet another extreme. Sione's love of post-hardcore and math-metal plays into the energy and execution of this song, churning it through the framework of electronic rock to create something that is unlike anything they've ever made before. It's a huge risk, but we've ended up on the other side of it all the better for it.

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EGOISM

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
45

After catching Egoism live by chance at the end of last year, they have quickly escalated into one of my favourite current Australian bands. They offer up a really fresh musical dynamic, mixing their die-hard love of indie with some really sharp pop sounds. “What Are We Doing?” further explores this dynamic, creating something shimmering and resplendent – fitting, given the song's re...

After catching Egoism live by chance at the end of last year, they have quickly escalated into one of my favourite current Australian bands. They offer up a really fresh musical dynamic, mixing their die-hard love of indie with some really sharp pop sounds. “What Are We Doing?” further explores this dynamic, creating something shimmering and resplendent – fitting, given the song's reflective nature. There really aren't many bands coming out of Sydney that can quite match what Egoism are doing right now, and you're only doing yourself a disservice by ignoring them. Bonus points: A chorus with the words “Hey, listen” in it, which reminds me of playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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EGOISM

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Review by David James Young David James Young

09 Jul 2019

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WARCRIES

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
30

Is that a Kylie Minogue sample I heard in there? The voice saying "breathe"? I find the way the vocals are shouty yet still in harmony with one another - reminds me of the way Bluejuice used to run things. I'd like this more if there was more to the chorus than just the title over and over again, but I still like it all things considered. The beat is strong, and it's an intr...

Is that a Kylie Minogue sample I heard in there? The voice saying "breathe"? I find the way the vocals are shouty yet still in harmony with one another - reminds me of the way Bluejuice used to run things. I'd like this more if there was more to the chorus than just the title over and over again, but I still like it all things considered. The beat is strong, and it's an intriguing mix of genres and sounds. Needs work, but it's enough to make me want to keep tabs for next time.

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Port Royal

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
40

I feel obliged to tell you that probably not since maybe 2017 have I queued up a song on here by an artist I've never heard before, and found myself singing along within the very first listen. This is a gem. The horns are a perfect touch, the delivery reminds me of Elvis Costello at his most upbeat and the melodies across both vocals and instrumentation are entirely infectious. I am so imp...

I feel obliged to tell you that probably not since maybe 2017 have I queued up a song on here by an artist I've never heard before, and found myself singing along within the very first listen. This is a gem. The horns are a perfect touch, the delivery reminds me of Elvis Costello at his most upbeat and the melodies across both vocals and instrumentation are entirely infectious. I am so impressed by this. I want this to get on the radio. I want to get absolutely fucking SICK of this song because I hear it EVERY time I switch on the station. Best of luck to you lot.

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Cassel

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
25

The guitar: Striking, urgent, lo-fi. The drums: Brisk, well-paced. The vocals and lyrics, on the other hand, are what I think need the most work. The histrionics in both really don't feel at home in a song like this, purely going off the instrumentation itself. I wish this did more for me, because I can truly see what you're going for, but I don't think it's been realised no...

The guitar: Striking, urgent, lo-fi. The drums: Brisk, well-paced. The vocals and lyrics, on the other hand, are what I think need the most work. The histrionics in both really don't feel at home in a song like this, purely going off the instrumentation itself. I wish this did more for me, because I can truly see what you're going for, but I don't think it's been realised nor achieved here.

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The VANNS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
30

So this is really the tale of two songs - the pleasant jangle of the verses and the mean, snarly riff in the chorus. I'm a little confused by the direction - theoretically, you'd use the chorus to go even brighter and poppier, not darker and rockier. Lads, you're a pop band, no matter what new pedals you've bought. This is ALMOST there. I can taste it. It's just falling...

So this is really the tale of two songs - the pleasant jangle of the verses and the mean, snarly riff in the chorus. I'm a little confused by the direction - theoretically, you'd use the chorus to go even brighter and poppier, not darker and rockier. Lads, you're a pop band, no matter what new pedals you've bought. This is ALMOST there. I can taste it. It's just falling short. My honest advice: Don't bore us, rethink the chorus.

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RAAVE TAPES

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
35

Firstly just want to call bullshit on Joab Eastley saying he's sad. That fucker has been cheerful ever since he won the Newcastle Rugby League premiership. With that out of the way - knowing he's doing this song "in character" - it's another bloody winner, isn't it. It's fuzzier than a Jim Henson workshop, it's catchier than a cold, it's hookier than...

Firstly just want to call bullshit on Joab Eastley saying he's sad. That fucker has been cheerful ever since he won the Newcastle Rugby League premiership. With that out of the way - knowing he's doing this song "in character" - it's another bloody winner, isn't it. It's fuzzier than a Jim Henson workshop, it's catchier than a cold, it's hookier than a bait shop. This lot know what they're doing, and they're doing it pretty well. RAAVE TAPES: That's My Team.

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Fevermind

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
35

You ever see someone in the street rocking the shirt of a band you dig and you kinda just give em the knowing nod? I'm like that with bands sometimes, and with these guys I know for a fact we've spent a good chunk of the 2010s listening to a lot of the same sort of bands. These guys like both kinds of music: Balance AND Composure. Even though the influences are clear, I'm impress...

You ever see someone in the street rocking the shirt of a band you dig and you kinda just give em the knowing nod? I'm like that with bands sometimes, and with these guys I know for a fact we've spent a good chunk of the 2010s listening to a lot of the same sort of bands. These guys like both kinds of music: Balance AND Composure. Even though the influences are clear, I'm impressed with what they've been able to do with them. This really appears to be forging into something distinguishable and identifiably theirs. I'd have made one or two tweaks here and there (the lead in the intro feels a bit too Slash for my tastes), but overall it's a strong showing from a promising new band.

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Days Like These

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
20

I just don't buy this, sadly. The lyrics are poorly thought-out and cliche, the production is thick and artificial, the American accent is nasal and forced. I like the inclusion of the rave synths - reminded me of Enter Shikari's heyday - but they're so buried in the mix that I wonder why they were even included in the first place. I say this without any malice and only with the ...

I just don't buy this, sadly. The lyrics are poorly thought-out and cliche, the production is thick and artificial, the American accent is nasal and forced. I like the inclusion of the rave synths - reminded me of Enter Shikari's heyday - but they're so buried in the mix that I wonder why they were even included in the first place. I say this without any malice and only with the hope you'll progress: Back to the drawing board.

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Hyclass

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
30

I have to respect the hell out of not only naming a song Yeah Nah, but turning it into a hook. There's a lot of braggadocio here, and you've gotta pay it. She'd probably knife you if you didn't.

I have to respect the hell out of not only naming a song Yeah Nah, but turning it into a hook. There's a lot of braggadocio here, and you've gotta pay it. She'd probably knife you if you didn't.

He Danced Ivy

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 May 2019

Super Reviewer
30

This is a great song trapped in a good song's body. I cannot stress enough how much stronger this would be if there was a bit more focus to it, and you tightened the screws structurally. I feel as though the histrionics and the harder-edged stuff are at odds with one another, and that a compromise needs to be reached sonically if you want to nail that Fall of Troy thing you're going f...

This is a great song trapped in a good song's body. I cannot stress enough how much stronger this would be if there was a bit more focus to it, and you tightened the screws structurally. I feel as though the histrionics and the harder-edged stuff are at odds with one another, and that a compromise needs to be reached sonically if you want to nail that Fall of Troy thing you're going for. Also, ATDI/TMV worship is cool and all, but I present you the cautionary of Closure In Moscow if you go too far down that rabbit hole.

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Victoria K

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Review by David James Young David James Young

10 May 2019

Super Reviewer
35

I probably haven't listened to this kind of music since I was in high school (and you were probably in pre-school), but you've brought me right back into this world with a raised fist and a thrashing mane. The PIPES on this kid! That chorus is an absolute conquerer, too. Colour me impressed - or, at least, dye me black impressed.

I probably haven't listened to this kind of music since I was in high school (and you were probably in pre-school), but you've brought me right back into this world with a raised fist and a thrashing mane. The PIPES on this kid! That chorus is an absolute conquerer, too. Colour me impressed - or, at least, dye me black impressed.

Illyria

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
25

When I'm reviewing songs, I like to imagine how a song came together. Here, I imagine "Wilderness" was originally two different song ideas that were written in the same home key and were merged together in a valiant effort to try something different. If that's the case, I have to be the bearer or bad news and report that this didn't work the way you hoped it would. The ...

When I'm reviewing songs, I like to imagine how a song came together. Here, I imagine "Wilderness" was originally two different song ideas that were written in the same home key and were merged together in a valiant effort to try something different. If that's the case, I have to be the bearer or bad news and report that this didn't work the way you hoped it would. The melodic parts are sluggish and undercooked, and really detract from the heavy, Deafheaven worship parts - which, it cannot be stressed enough, are really fucking good. If you'd done the whole song like that, this would be a full star rating up. Maybe a star and a half. I feel like there's potential for a great song here, but it's unfortunately not realised just yet.

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Waxflower

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
20

This really didn't do anything for me. A lot of it has to do with the vocals - the slick overproduction, the forced American accent and the breathy boyishness to it makes it sound like it should be for a Busted or early Jonas Brothers song. That's fine if that's what you're going for, but the instrumentation suggests mid-period Jimmy Eat World - which leads me to guess there...

This really didn't do anything for me. A lot of it has to do with the vocals - the slick overproduction, the forced American accent and the breathy boyishness to it makes it sound like it should be for a Busted or early Jonas Brothers song. That's fine if that's what you're going for, but the instrumentation suggests mid-period Jimmy Eat World - which leads me to guess there's been some sort of miscommunication between the band itself. Left doesn't know what the right's doing, and it makes for a really disappointing effort that wastes its potential. Obviously this band is young, and they have plenty of time to get their shit together. They just haven't been able to do so here.

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