BIILMANN

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BIILMANN

Review by David James Young David James Young

30 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
25

On paper, bringing in someone as talented as Citizen Kay feels like an absolute no-brainer. You get that kind of rub and you can instantly see a star-making collab - a great equaliser, like Run DMC and Aerosmith. What you've done, however, is shown how much work you need to do. Kay completely overshadows the entire proceedings - you take him out of the picture and this is paint-by-numbers ...

On paper, bringing in someone as talented as Citizen Kay feels like an absolute no-brainer. You get that kind of rub and you can instantly see a star-making collab - a great equaliser, like Run DMC and Aerosmith. What you've done, however, is shown how much work you need to do. Kay completely overshadows the entire proceedings - you take him out of the picture and this is paint-by-numbers leather-jacket rock by Alex Turner disciples. The single most interesting thing about your entire song is by someone who's not in the band. That is damning, and will hopefully make you guys want to step up your game.

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Manning Patston

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Review by David James Young David James Young

28 Apr 2020

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30

A rock song with the seatbelt on. This sounds like Harry Styles covering something off a latter-day Kings of Leon record. It's very safe and clean and light, but that's probably the intention so in that regard it works well enough.

A rock song with the seatbelt on. This sounds like Harry Styles covering something off a latter-day Kings of Leon record. It's very safe and clean and light, but that's probably the intention so in that regard it works well enough.

Isadoré

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
30

There's a great song somewhere in "Raven." Actually, technically, there's two - and that might be its biggest issue. The first smash-cut from the song's ambience into its drum-and-bass break is such a unique surprise. The problem with pulling the rabbit out of the hat, however, is that you can only do it once. The magic's gone when you go back for a second helping....

There's a great song somewhere in "Raven." Actually, technically, there's two - and that might be its biggest issue. The first smash-cut from the song's ambience into its drum-and-bass break is such a unique surprise. The problem with pulling the rabbit out of the hat, however, is that you can only do it once. The magic's gone when you go back for a second helping. There needs to be a better comprehension of tension and release in order to get this song from good to great. It's within reach and entirely possible, too. The potential here is overwhelming.

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Kuya James

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

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40

Jimi has been one of the most underrated producers and beatmakers in Australia for a very long time. I'm hoping that the Kuya James project will allow that to change, and this dude finally gets the attention he deserves. His work is meticulous, impeccably crafted and consistently engaging - it's all about immersing yourself in a place entirely different to your own and going with it. ...

Jimi has been one of the most underrated producers and beatmakers in Australia for a very long time. I'm hoping that the Kuya James project will allow that to change, and this dude finally gets the attention he deserves. His work is meticulous, impeccably crafted and consistently engaging - it's all about immersing yourself in a place entirely different to your own and going with it. Serina's vocals are lush, the zither (is it a zither?) sample is hypnotic and that sub-bass work brings the exact sting in the tail that the song needs. Big love to my big brother on this new voyage - great things are ahead.

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Alex Carpi

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

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35

"Well, that certainly didn't go the way I thought it was going to." - Me, more than once, listening to this song.

This is a very curious case indeed. The vocals sit somewhere between Missy Higgins and Amy Shark, the opening guitar is pure emo-revival before it gets given the M Phazes production treatment. Oh, and then the bass and kick chorus suddenly turns this into "...

"Well, that certainly didn't go the way I thought it was going to." - Me, more than once, listening to this song.

This is a very curious case indeed. The vocals sit somewhere between Missy Higgins and Amy Shark, the opening guitar is pure emo-revival before it gets given the M Phazes production treatment. Oh, and then the bass and kick chorus suddenly turns this into "Attention" by Charlie Puth?

I had to listen to this twice to wrap my head around it, and I don't think I'm entirely there even after that. This is a very ambitious song, it's definitely coming in the wake of acts like G Flip and there's a throughline one can attach the narrative to. I think with a few tweaks of the arrangement, this could be a high rotation song. I'm already curious, so consider my interest piqued.

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Julia Lostrom

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

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35

There is a lot to like here. Julia's vocals are perfectly matched to Duan and Rob's production work, and the dynamics at play lift this from the potential trappings that come with chill-out and downtempo music. A very easy, very pleasant listening experience.

There is a lot to like here. Julia's vocals are perfectly matched to Duan and Rob's production work, and the dynamics at play lift this from the potential trappings that come with chill-out and downtempo music. A very easy, very pleasant listening experience.

Stevie Jean

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

Yeah, this is fucking COOL man. Stevie's got some sass on her, that snare has some serious crack to it and I can feel that bass-line in my chest. This one gets downright mean at points, and that's exactly the kind of vibe that you want. Roots-rock revival for 2020? Why not!

Yeah, this is fucking COOL man. Stevie's got some sass on her, that snare has some serious crack to it and I can feel that bass-line in my chest. This one gets downright mean at points, and that's exactly the kind of vibe that you want. Roots-rock revival for 2020? Why not!

The Flock

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
20

This is played very competently, there isn't a foot out of place and it's one of the most concise, tidy rock songs I've heard in a while... so why is it that I feel next to nothing when I hear this? There's no urgency here, there's no grand statement to be made with the lyrics and the execution ultimately feels unremarkable. This is a sandwich with the crusts cut off - ...

This is played very competently, there isn't a foot out of place and it's one of the most concise, tidy rock songs I've heard in a while... so why is it that I feel next to nothing when I hear this? There's no urgency here, there's no grand statement to be made with the lyrics and the execution ultimately feels unremarkable. This is a sandwich with the crusts cut off - the taste is still there, but it feels entirely too safe.

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Harding's House

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

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25

This feels really underdeveloped. I understand that it's trying to soundtrack a hangover, but the dragging rhythm and lackadaisical delivery doesn't warrant any intrigue or investment. It feels more like a poor Horrorshow impression than something singular or identifying. There's ability present, it's just not being realised the way that it should be.

This feels really underdeveloped. I understand that it's trying to soundtrack a hangover, but the dragging rhythm and lackadaisical delivery doesn't warrant any intrigue or investment. It feels more like a poor Horrorshow impression than something singular or identifying. There's ability present, it's just not being realised the way that it should be.

Starve

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

This is fine. It's entirely serviceable. It's adequate. It's very clear what you're going for, and it's done respectfully enough. The issue is that there are literally hundreds of bands across Australia doing the exact same thing. What do you plan on doing to make people care about Starve over all of them? What is going to make them want to go out of their way to see yo...

This is fine. It's entirely serviceable. It's adequate. It's very clear what you're going for, and it's done respectfully enough. The issue is that there are literally hundreds of bands across Australia doing the exact same thing. What do you plan on doing to make people care about Starve over all of them? What is going to make them want to go out of their way to see you? What is something you can offer other bands cannot? These are things you should genuinely be considering going ahead.

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mambali

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

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30

Nice one guys, great to hear more Unearthed tracks in language and this has a great groove to it. Love and respect.

Nice one guys, great to hear more Unearthed tracks in language and this has a great groove to it. Love and respect.

Major Arcana

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Okay, let's look at the positives here: That's a tasty riff. Y'all must have been on that good kush when that bad boy came together. Instrumentally, this is really strong. My sole reservation is with the vocals - you either need to go full Crowbar and just howl the house down, or you need to give this the Cro-Mags treatment. The soft, semi-spoken vocals aren't gonna cut it. ...

Okay, let's look at the positives here: That's a tasty riff. Y'all must have been on that good kush when that bad boy came together. Instrumentally, this is really strong. My sole reservation is with the vocals - you either need to go full Crowbar and just howl the house down, or you need to give this the Cro-Mags treatment. The soft, semi-spoken vocals aren't gonna cut it. Go hard or don't go at all - seriously, this could absolutely work as an instrumental.

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Tiarnie

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

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30

Pleasant and not too demanding with a nice little bit of subtle lead guitar and a sweet vocal. "I'm Fine" indeed. That said, I did like the lyrical sting in the tail that came with the titular reveal. Good luck out there.

Pleasant and not too demanding with a nice little bit of subtle lead guitar and a sweet vocal. "I'm Fine" indeed. That said, I did like the lyrical sting in the tail that came with the titular reveal. Good luck out there.

Plovers

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

If your dad is into The Mark Of Cain or Blacklevel Embassy or anything else that's mean, muscly and working class, and he reckons "they don't make 'em like this anymore," send him Plovers' way. He might not trust them, being millennials and all, but this is burly noise-rock with much more brawn than you might have anticipated.

If your dad is into The Mark Of Cain or Blacklevel Embassy or anything else that's mean, muscly and working class, and he reckons "they don't make 'em like this anymore," send him Plovers' way. He might not trust them, being millennials and all, but this is burly noise-rock with much more brawn than you might have anticipated.

UNI/VS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

I've been sent a lot of heavy Australian stuff lately, and a lot of it is fine but nothing has well and truly wowed me in a long time - especially in the "one guy screams, the other guy sings" department. I wish you guys all the best, but I really hope you find something fresh to do - being complacent won't get you anywhere beyond the opening slot on the bill.

I've been sent a lot of heavy Australian stuff lately, and a lot of it is fine but nothing has well and truly wowed me in a long time - especially in the "one guy screams, the other guy sings" department. I wish you guys all the best, but I really hope you find something fresh to do - being complacent won't get you anywhere beyond the opening slot on the bill.

The Shang

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

I was intrigued by the opening here, as it reminded me of Ray Of Light by Madonna and the chord progression reminded me of the guys in Eliza & The Delusionals. I think there's a solid structure of a pop-rock hit here, the only problem lies in the vocals. They're all head and no heart - it feels like machismo where it's really not required. I would have taken it in a different...

I was intrigued by the opening here, as it reminded me of Ray Of Light by Madonna and the chord progression reminded me of the guys in Eliza & The Delusionals. I think there's a solid structure of a pop-rock hit here, the only problem lies in the vocals. They're all head and no heart - it feels like machismo where it's really not required. I would have taken it in a different direction myself. Something to work on, anyway. Gosh, you kids are young. You'll figure it out.

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Marrow Lane

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

As a band you're very clearly influenced by once said: It's all about confidence, baby. If you're going to try pursuing the roots-rock/reggae sound, dive in from a great height. Make a splash. Do something to stand out. Here, you're just dipping your toes in the ocean (alley). My advice? Don't stay in your Lane - swerve and see what happens.

As a band you're very clearly influenced by once said: It's all about confidence, baby. If you're going to try pursuing the roots-rock/reggae sound, dive in from a great height. Make a splash. Do something to stand out. Here, you're just dipping your toes in the ocean (alley). My advice? Don't stay in your Lane - swerve and see what happens.

Hope Wilkins

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

A little alt-country shuffle with a nu-folk swing and a couple of cheeky Easter eggs via lifting the chorus medley of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" and the hook of Damien Rice's "Rootless Tree." In that respect, "L.I." feels like a mosaic - it's made up of a lot of other artworks, but when you take a step back and look at it in its own right it's a be...

A little alt-country shuffle with a nu-folk swing and a couple of cheeky Easter eggs via lifting the chorus medley of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" and the hook of Damien Rice's "Rootless Tree." In that respect, "L.I." feels like a mosaic - it's made up of a lot of other artworks, but when you take a step back and look at it in its own right it's a beautiful creation as well.

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DOS ENOS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

This is a completely different Dos Enos to the one I used to see kicking around bars in Wollongong a few years ago - I legitimately had to double check it was the same band. This is a surprising change, but a welcome one. The bass work here is really cool, and the snare has a real crack to it that is irresistible. Look forward to checking back in again in a couple of years, when they've in...

This is a completely different Dos Enos to the one I used to see kicking around bars in Wollongong a few years ago - I legitimately had to double check it was the same band. This is a surprising change, but a welcome one. The bass work here is really cool, and the snare has a real crack to it that is irresistible. Look forward to checking back in again in a couple of years, when they've inevitably turned into a thrash metal band.

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Peachfield

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

A very nice track, tasteful guitar work and pleasant storytelling. I wish there was a little more to grip onto here, be it sonically incorporating more in the arrangement or lyrically giving more urgency to the imagery and storytelling. I think there's more here, and I want to see more from Peachfield.

A very nice track, tasteful guitar work and pleasant storytelling. I wish there was a little more to grip onto here, be it sonically incorporating more in the arrangement or lyrically giving more urgency to the imagery and storytelling. I think there's more here, and I want to see more from Peachfield.