Nick Ward

Review

I Wanna Be Myself Or Nothin...

Nick Ward

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

09 Oct 2020

Triple J
45

Excuse me while I just wipe away my tears and catch my breath. This is just one of those songs: a deeply honest expression from an artist willing to bare more than just gorgeous music.

Excuse me while I just wipe away my tears and catch my breath. This is just one of those songs: a deeply honest expression from an artist willing to bare more than just gorgeous music.

SoSo

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

25 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Time to change the tagline, guys. Ain't nothing "offensively average" about this polished emo-punk gem. SoSo? More like SoSo good.

Time to change the tagline, guys. Ain't nothing "offensively average" about this polished emo-punk gem. SoSo? More like SoSo good.

Obscura Hail

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

23 Sep 2020

Triple J
50

'I'm taking selfies with my Game Boy camera': It's going to be tough to find a 2020 lyric that hits with harder nostalgia than this. If Sufjan Stevens was an Aussie teen in the '90s, he'd maybe write something as great as this.

'I'm taking selfies with my Game Boy camera': It's going to be tough to find a 2020 lyric that hits with harder nostalgia than this. If Sufjan Stevens was an Aussie teen in the '90s, he'd maybe write something as great as this.

Maple Glider

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

23 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Talk about introductions! A gorgeous new voice ready to tell some deep stories, Maple Glider soars into earshot with a song that hovers in a rare venn diagram between Weyes Blood's vocal stunner-y and Julia Jacklin's thoughtful reflections on toxic romance.

Talk about introductions! A gorgeous new voice ready to tell some deep stories, Maple Glider soars into earshot with a song that hovers in a rare venn diagram between Weyes Blood's vocal stunner-y and Julia Jacklin's thoughtful reflections on toxic romance.

Zig Zag

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

23 Sep 2020

Triple J
35

This is Proper Punk: where the purposeful message and the no-nonsense ferocity are inexplicably linked.

This is Proper Punk: where the purposeful message and the no-nonsense ferocity are inexplicably linked.

FELIVAND

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

23 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, wondering where that early summer RnB warmth is? Right here. You could sunbake in the glow coming off'a that voice and slinky sounds.

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, wondering where that early summer RnB warmth is? Right here. You could sunbake in the glow coming off'a that voice and slinky sounds.

EGOISM

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

16 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Another emotional sonic fantasy that's intimate yet expansive, simultaneously capturing your ears and your heart.

Another emotional sonic fantasy that's intimate yet expansive, simultaneously capturing your ears and your heart.

Mia Wray

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

16 Sep 2020

Triple J
45

One of those voices that stops you in your tracks, on a song that snags you with its increasingly stomping soul? Hey, it works for me!

One of those voices that stops you in your tracks, on a song that snags you with its increasingly stomping soul? Hey, it works for me!

POOKIE

Review

Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
45

Damn, POOKIE where'd you come from!? She sounds like she's rapping over drippy beats like this her whole damn life. Masterful first offering, hyped for a second.

Damn, POOKIE where'd you come from!? She sounds like she's rapping over drippy beats like this her whole damn life. Masterful first offering, hyped for a second.

ROYBOY

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
45

Yikes. ROYBOY pulled another stunner out of the oven. It bumps hard but there's space in the mix meaning I really felt every element popping here. Crazy crafty.

Yikes. ROYBOY pulled another stunner out of the oven. It bumps hard but there's space in the mix meaning I really felt every element popping here. Crazy crafty.

Crocodylus

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Reckon this is gonna be the one that gets more ppl on the Crocodylus bandwagon. It's got that easy-to-pick-up guitar nod going on but then finds interesting places to go.

Reckon this is gonna be the one that gets more ppl on the Crocodylus bandwagon. It's got that easy-to-pick-up guitar nod going on but then finds interesting places to go.

Agung Mango

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
45

Agung does it again! The production, the flow, the delivery. And he's not trying to move with current trends. Doing his own thing and sounding hella good doing it.

Agung does it again! The production, the flow, the delivery. And he's not trying to move with current trends. Doing his own thing and sounding hella good doing it.

Reside

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
35

Big, anthemic, super-confident stuff, and you can tell far they've come in a short amount of time.

Big, anthemic, super-confident stuff, and you can tell far they've come in a short amount of time.

BOYSCLUB

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Short.Fast.Loud brought me here. Whatta sick lil' ripper, getting a dose of Distillers and a bit of Hole from this, and was banging along to the chorus by the end of first spin.

Short.Fast.Loud brought me here. Whatta sick lil' ripper, getting a dose of Distillers and a bit of Hole from this, and was banging along to the chorus by the end of first spin.

Rudeboy E

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

04 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Cool. Confident. Crushing It. And hey, if it's good enough for Arno Faraji, Sally and Woodhead. It's more than enough for me.

Cool. Confident. Crushing It. And hey, if it's good enough for Arno Faraji, Sally and Woodhead. It's more than enough for me.

Teenage Joans

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

03 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

Ain't nothing wrong with the genes in this pair. Proof besties can make the best tunes.
Popping this one right next to Ruby Fields and Alex Lahey on the music mantelpiece.

Ain't nothing wrong with the genes in this pair. Proof besties can make the best tunes.
Popping this one right next to Ruby Fields and Alex Lahey on the music mantelpiece.

Aodhan

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

03 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

A great step-up in sound and songwriting, it's as strong as your ability to render sentimental feelings.

A great step-up in sound and songwriting, it's as strong as your ability to render sentimental feelings.

Sam Windley

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

03 Sep 2020

Triple J
45

Knock knock. Who's there? Oh just Sam, the charming new songsmith who's moved in next door with her housemates cowbell, whistling, and instantly likeable chorus.
On the scale of Sweet Neighbours, she's right up there with Totoro.

Knock knock. Who's there? Oh just Sam, the charming new songsmith who's moved in next door with her housemates cowbell, whistling, and instantly likeable chorus.
On the scale of Sweet Neighbours, she's right up there with Totoro.

ok2222

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

03 Sep 2020

Triple J
35

Exciting to see you take the solo reins - you don't need a collab to shine. Docked half-a-star because I wished it was longer.

Exciting to see you take the solo reins - you don't need a collab to shine. Docked half-a-star because I wished it was longer.

Raymondouu

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Review by Al Newstead Al Newstead

03 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

A gorgeous sense of space on this one, without it feeling fragile. Love the closing dramatic moment on this one.

A gorgeous sense of space on this one, without it feeling fragile. Love the closing dramatic moment on this one.