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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Carrington

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
30

Not bad. This is marginally better than a lot of the all-male wolf-tattoo pop-punk that is doing the rounds in Australian music right now, but I really want to see this band break out of the "good, not great" basket and make a push out of the mould. This song is perfectly fine, but you could tell me this is the new song by maybe ten to twelve other bands and I would believe you. Dare ...

Not bad. This is marginally better than a lot of the all-male wolf-tattoo pop-punk that is doing the rounds in Australian music right now, but I really want to see this band break out of the "good, not great" basket and make a push out of the mould. This song is perfectly fine, but you could tell me this is the new song by maybe ten to twelve other bands and I would believe you. Dare to be different, y'all. You've got the know-how and the elbow grease. Make it count.

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Autosuggest

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
35

The sound of hammering Nine Inch Nails into the wall with a plugged-in guitar. The influence is obvious, but it's what Autosuggest does with it that makes you want to keep listening. I would have perhaps made the vocals a little less clean - some reverb, maybe, or a similar distortion to that of the guitar tone - but apart from that, there's a really interesting soundscape to work wit...

The sound of hammering Nine Inch Nails into the wall with a plugged-in guitar. The influence is obvious, but it's what Autosuggest does with it that makes you want to keep listening. I would have perhaps made the vocals a little less clean - some reverb, maybe, or a similar distortion to that of the guitar tone - but apart from that, there's a really interesting soundscape to work with here. It also doesn't waste time - it gets in, gets out, gets the job done.

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Rumours

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Review by David James Young David James Young

29 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
35

I was very ready to dismiss this the second I heard the American accent, but fuck me dead if that breakdown around the 1:30 mark didn't swing me back around. You kids are alright. I can tell we probably frothed a few of the same post-hardcore and metalcore records circa 2006. Add me on MySpace, yeah?

I was very ready to dismiss this the second I heard the American accent, but fuck me dead if that breakdown around the 1:30 mark didn't swing me back around. You kids are alright. I can tell we probably frothed a few of the same post-hardcore and metalcore records circa 2006. Add me on MySpace, yeah?

Blue Velvet

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Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
30

The northern beaches Hydran beast of Dear Seattle, Blue Velvet and Stumps is conglomerating into one giant radio-rock behemoth. While it's a little disappointing to see this band lose some of their more distinguishing features (no organ? At all?) in an attempt to create something more accessible and radio-friendly, I can't fault them for their efforts. I hope it gets them where they w...

The northern beaches Hydran beast of Dear Seattle, Blue Velvet and Stumps is conglomerating into one giant radio-rock behemoth. While it's a little disappointing to see this band lose some of their more distinguishing features (no organ? At all?) in an attempt to create something more accessible and radio-friendly, I can't fault them for their efforts. I hope it gets them where they want to go.

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Ro

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Tea Stains (Didirri + Ro)

Ro

Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
25

I really wish I liked this more. I honestly do. There's nothing inherently wrong with this song, but that just might be its biggest downfall: It has nothing going on that would sway you either way to absolutely love it or straight-up hate it. It just plods along inconsequentially, and then it just... ends. That's it, that's all. Like, best of luck to you both, but you're not...

I really wish I liked this more. I honestly do. There's nothing inherently wrong with this song, but that just might be its biggest downfall: It has nothing going on that would sway you either way to absolutely love it or straight-up hate it. It just plods along inconsequentially, and then it just... ends. That's it, that's all. Like, best of luck to you both, but you're not exactly giving me anything to latch onto here.

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Keelan Mak

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Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
35

This is really interesting. It feels like a trip-hop throwback powered by a blue-eyed soul revival. A bit Jamie Lidell? Does anyone remember Jamie Lidell? Also a bit Sam Sparro, and obviously a bit James Blake. Standing on the shoulders of giants means you're about to take a huge leap, young man. If the rest of your shit is as good as this, then consider me on board.

This is really interesting. It feels like a trip-hop throwback powered by a blue-eyed soul revival. A bit Jamie Lidell? Does anyone remember Jamie Lidell? Also a bit Sam Sparro, and obviously a bit James Blake. Standing on the shoulders of giants means you're about to take a huge leap, young man. If the rest of your shit is as good as this, then consider me on board.

daydream_haunting

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Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
25

I'm not gonna lie, I'm somewhat confused by the decision to lead with this song as your first single when it sounds like an interlude or an intro track. It's pretty enough, all glassy keys and distant vocals. There's no pay-off to the build-up, though - instead, it just fades away, and I feel like that's an opportunity wasted. I just wish this had more to it - and maybe...

I'm not gonna lie, I'm somewhat confused by the decision to lead with this song as your first single when it sounds like an interlude or an intro track. It's pretty enough, all glassy keys and distant vocals. There's no pay-off to the build-up, though - instead, it just fades away, and I feel like that's an opportunity wasted. I just wish this had more to it - and maybe future songs will show that, but it's definitely not here.

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Terminal Zero

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Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
30

Is it strange that I can SEE this song more than I can hear it? A Wednesday night at the Bald Faced Stag (before it was Crowbar), with Lord headlining and the entire crowd clad in cutoff denim. It's pretty surprising to hear a band throwing back to this sort of sound - not to show my age, but it would have paired well with Side Effect X back in the day. Also a little strange to hear a trad...

Is it strange that I can SEE this song more than I can hear it? A Wednesday night at the Bald Faced Stag (before it was Crowbar), with Lord headlining and the entire crowd clad in cutoff denim. It's pretty surprising to hear a band throwing back to this sort of sound - not to show my age, but it would have paired well with Side Effect X back in the day. Also a little strange to hear a trad band going with such slick, contemporary metalcore production but hey - whatever gets the job done. This, admittedly, isn't really my side of the metal spectrum. Still, I have to give them credit for swinging for the fences with this one.

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Run Squirrel

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Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
40

Run Squirrel are a remarkable band. The build soundscapes that burn slowly but brightly and beautifully. Tom's vocals are gruff and blunt, but never short on emotional impact - especially given his forthright lyrical content. This song reminds me a lot of Like... Alaska, Tom's old band, and I don't say that in a sense that the songwriting hasn't evolved. It's that it�...

Run Squirrel are a remarkable band. The build soundscapes that burn slowly but brightly and beautifully. Tom's vocals are gruff and blunt, but never short on emotional impact - especially given his forthright lyrical content. This song reminds me a lot of Like... Alaska, Tom's old band, and I don't say that in a sense that the songwriting hasn't evolved. It's that it's stayed just as strong after all this time.

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Julia Why?

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Review by David James Young David James Young

04 Apr 2019

Super Reviewer
40

This is a big step forward for the JW? sound, and I really dig this direction. The reverb is touched up just right, the guitar is right in the tone-zone and the vocal melody is absolutely lush. Ziggy would have absolutely jammed on this.

This is a big step forward for the JW? sound, and I really dig this direction. The reverb is touched up just right, the guitar is right in the tone-zone and the vocal melody is absolutely lush. Ziggy would have absolutely jammed on this.

Michelle Brasier

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Review by David James Young David James Young

06 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
35

Really like this one Michelle. You and Tom work so well together as a duo, and the arrangement really works to your strengths vocally. It was always going to take a lot to top the modern classic that is The Fingering Shed, but you've put in the work and it's paid off.

Really like this one Michelle. You and Tom work so well together as a duo, and the arrangement really works to your strengths vocally. It was always going to take a lot to top the modern classic that is The Fingering Shed, but you've put in the work and it's paid off.

Hope Wilkins

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Review by David James Young David James Young

06 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
35

This is really something. Strong vocal presence, mathy guitar and a pure pop payoff. All this really needs is a kick in the rhythm section to really launch it to that next level. Some very solid foundations laid down here, with a lot of promise.

This is really something. Strong vocal presence, mathy guitar and a pure pop payoff. All this really needs is a kick in the rhythm section to really launch it to that next level. Some very solid foundations laid down here, with a lot of promise.

LEOPARD LAKE

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Review by David James Young David James Young

06 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
25

It's clear there's a lot of talent and potential in this duo. What I'm not entirely sure of, however, is whether it's being put to its full use. This starts off strong with the Rhodes and the soulful vocals, but soon enough it becomes more generic and electronica-lite. Would have preferred this to go a little harder, or at least take a couple more risks.

It's clear there's a lot of talent and potential in this duo. What I'm not entirely sure of, however, is whether it's being put to its full use. This starts off strong with the Rhodes and the soulful vocals, but soon enough it becomes more generic and electronica-lite. Would have preferred this to go a little harder, or at least take a couple more risks.

Baltimöre Charlót

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Review by David James Young David James Young

06 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
30

It's tough to stand out when there are so many young women out there going for this sound in a post-Royals world, but there's been efforts made here to stamp some degree of identity onto the track and that's absolutely to be commended. I like the glitchy elements of the production, and her voice is obviously top-shelf. I don't feel it's quite there yet overall, but she&...

It's tough to stand out when there are so many young women out there going for this sound in a post-Royals world, but there's been efforts made here to stamp some degree of identity onto the track and that's absolutely to be commended. I like the glitchy elements of the production, and her voice is obviously top-shelf. I don't feel it's quite there yet overall, but she's a lot closer than many others in her position.

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Pirra

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Review by David James Young David James Young

06 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
30

Any of you kids ever get into Tunng? That's what this reminds me of. Like a millennial Tunng. It's got legs.

Any of you kids ever get into Tunng? That's what this reminds me of. Like a millennial Tunng. It's got legs.

Machine Age

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Review by David James Young David James Young

06 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
30

This is fun. A bit too EB Games playlist for my taste, but you can't fault the production or that fat synth-bass tone.

This is fun. A bit too EB Games playlist for my taste, but you can't fault the production or that fat synth-bass tone.