Prints Familiar

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

19 Jan 2017

Super Reviewer
45

It's the little details that make this groove. Only noticed the triangle (I think it's triangle?) three listens in - love how it forms a subtle harmony with the bass way down the other end of the pitch spectrum. "In between the beats" is where the guitars cut loose. Bowled, Shane.

It's the little details that make this groove. Only noticed the triangle (I think it's triangle?) three listens in - love how it forms a subtle harmony with the bass way down the other end of the pitch spectrum. "In between the beats" is where the guitars cut loose. Bowled, Shane.

Brightness

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

28 Oct 2016

Super Reviewer
50

Ahh this is gorgeous. Fuzz bass with clean guitars and major sevenths and all things that are good.

Ahh this is gorgeous. Fuzz bass with clean guitars and major sevenths and all things that are good.

RACKETT

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

04 Sep 2016

Super Reviewer
40

aaaaaa-OOOOOOOOOO-WOO! That alone probably would've won me over, but there's plenty more to enjoy. Those triplets just before the final chorus are a brilliant little detail.

aaaaaa-OOOOOOOOOO-WOO! That alone probably would've won me over, but there's plenty more to enjoy. Those triplets just before the final chorus are a brilliant little detail.

Alex L'Estrange

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

25 Mar 2016

Super Reviewer
40

Takes a lot of nerve - and skill with arrangements - to make a saxophone solo work in a pop-rock context. You nailed this and many other things in the space of three minutes. Very nicely done.

Takes a lot of nerve - and skill with arrangements - to make a saxophone solo work in a pop-rock context. You nailed this and many other things in the space of three minutes. Very nicely done.

The Atlas Mountains

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

05 Dec 2015

Super Reviewer
40

Love it when a bassline drives a song's melody as well as rhythm. Didn't see the chorus coming which is often a sign of a good one - hits you really hard out of nowhere.

Love it when a bassline drives a song's melody as well as rhythm. Didn't see the chorus coming which is often a sign of a good one - hits you really hard out of nowhere.

Winters End

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

26 Sep 2015

Super Reviewer
35

Enjoying the H.A.I.M vibes! Loses momentum a little between the first and second choruses, but recovers well after then with the change of beat and texture. That bit of unexpected wood-ish percussion in the quiet part was a great touch too.

Enjoying the H.A.I.M vibes! Loses momentum a little between the first and second choruses, but recovers well after then with the change of beat and texture. That bit of unexpected wood-ish percussion in the quiet part was a great touch too.

spire

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

17 Aug 2015

Super Reviewer
45

A thousand ideas buzzing around at once and they all link together splendidly.

A thousand ideas buzzing around at once and they all link together splendidly.

Mosquito Coast

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

18 Aug 2015

Super Reviewer
40

The slow tempo allows just the right amount of space for the guitars to ring out with / against each other, and just the right amount of time for the daydreaming lyrics to unfurl (especially like how the generals of breakfast/lunch turn to the specifics of coffee/crumpets, a brilliant detail evoking how people plan dates - real or imagined - down to the nth degree). Really nice voice that'...

The slow tempo allows just the right amount of space for the guitars to ring out with / against each other, and just the right amount of time for the daydreaming lyrics to unfurl (especially like how the generals of breakfast/lunch turn to the specifics of coffee/crumpets, a brilliant detail evoking how people plan dates - real or imagined - down to the nth degree). Really nice voice that'll grow more into its own over time, and you guys have already got plenty going in your favour.

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Lupa J

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

18 Aug 2015

Super Reviewer
45

There's a restrained sense of anger in the music which mirrors the restrained / suppressed emotions of the character being sung to. Great violin parts too - in pop it's rare for the instrument to sound this sinister, and the tension it brings is more than welcome.

There's a restrained sense of anger in the music which mirrors the restrained / suppressed emotions of the character being sung to. Great violin parts too - in pop it's rare for the instrument to sound this sinister, and the tension it brings is more than welcome.

MANGELWURZEL

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

13 May 2015

Super Reviewer
40

Delicious rhythms - the borrowed beat at 1:07 is particularly inspired - and surprising chord choices all throughout. The vocal melody could have branched away from the chords underneath a bit more than it did, but its restraint is effective in holding all the different ideas together. You've got the funk in you, as Gregg Alexander (almost) once said.

Delicious rhythms - the borrowed beat at 1:07 is particularly inspired - and surprising chord choices all throughout. The vocal melody could have branched away from the chords underneath a bit more than it did, but its restraint is effective in holding all the different ideas together. You've got the funk in you, as Gregg Alexander (almost) once said.

Split Visions

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

17 Feb 2015

Super Reviewer
40

Cruisy but also punchy - a difficult combination to balance! The chords jump around imaginatively, the Australian references come naturally and never feel forced, all in all a splendid little tune.

Cruisy but also punchy - a difficult combination to balance! The chords jump around imaginatively, the Australian references come naturally and never feel forced, all in all a splendid little tune.

Without Parachutes

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Review by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

31 Mar 2014

Super Reviewer
40

Liking the subtle bass octaves in verse 2, how the full band entry is held back for an extra bar at 0:48 ("come... with... ME"), how the temptation of a possibly superfluous extra chorus at the end was resisted and replaced by that awesome outro (how'd you get the phaser-ish drum sound at the end? in any case it sounds fresh and really gives the song an extra element). Nice stuff...

Liking the subtle bass octaves in verse 2, how the full band entry is held back for an extra bar at 0:48 ("come... with... ME"), how the temptation of a possibly superfluous extra chorus at the end was resisted and replaced by that awesome outro (how'd you get the phaser-ish drum sound at the end? in any case it sounds fresh and really gives the song an extra element). Nice stuff once again, and I'm looking forward to the album!

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Without Parachutes

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

25 Aug 2013

Super Reviewer
40

Can't remember the last time I heard a song start with nothing but a hummed vocal melody - distinctive, and (more importantly) effective. Also refreshing to hear a rock riff centred so strongly off the beat - gives it the knack of making you want to hear it again. Just reckon the lead guitar in the part before the last chorus could've been placed higher in the mix. That's a minor...

Can't remember the last time I heard a song start with nothing but a hummed vocal melody - distinctive, and (more importantly) effective. Also refreshing to hear a rock riff centred so strongly off the beat - gives it the knack of making you want to hear it again. Just reckon the lead guitar in the part before the last chorus could've been placed higher in the mix. That's a minor point though. This is good stuff

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Dustin Tebbutt

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

20 Aug 2013

Super Reviewer
30

Great voice, and a nice arrangement with plenty of space. Perhaps a little too much - I reckon there would've been room for bass guitar to play a melodic role.

Great voice, and a nice arrangement with plenty of space. Perhaps a little too much - I reckon there would've been room for bass guitar to play a melodic role.

Veludo

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

20 Aug 2013

Super Reviewer
30

(3.5 stars) Plenty to like about this one. So many songs have verses which run longer than needed, but here they're edited to perfection with a well timed transition to the chorus. Sweetly arranged harmonies, too. I just felt the song might've benefited from a contrasting part - seemed like the bridge around 1:30 - 1:50 was a tad too similar to the chorus. That's just me though. ...

(3.5 stars) Plenty to like about this one. So many songs have verses which run longer than needed, but here they're edited to perfection with a well timed transition to the chorus. Sweetly arranged harmonies, too. I just felt the song might've benefited from a contrasting part - seemed like the bridge around 1:30 - 1:50 was a tad too similar to the chorus. That's just me though. Nice stuff

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Red Revolver

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

10 Mar 2013

Super Reviewer
40

That opening chord sets the scene so well (out of curiosity, what the hell IS that chord? More people should use it). The kick drum accents on "killin' all the fellas" made for another nice bit of musical symbolism. Smartly written, smoothly performed.

That opening chord sets the scene so well (out of curiosity, what the hell IS that chord? More people should use it). The kick drum accents on "killin' all the fellas" made for another nice bit of musical symbolism. Smartly written, smoothly performed.

The Shanghai Times

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

06 Mar 2013

Super Reviewer
30

I like how the bass is pushed right up in the mix - too often in modern rock it's hidden away in the corner / borderline inaudible, so it's refreshing to hear that. On a similar note the vocals might be about 10% too loud. Felt like the chorus was a bit too similar to a couple of other sections (or maybe the other way round). The bridge at 1:25 was a sweet change though - triplets are...

I like how the bass is pushed right up in the mix - too often in modern rock it's hidden away in the corner / borderline inaudible, so it's refreshing to hear that. On a similar note the vocals might be about 10% too loud. Felt like the chorus was a bit too similar to a couple of other sections (or maybe the other way round). The bridge at 1:25 was a sweet change though - triplets are an underused weapon, and they're used really well here.

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Small Town Giants

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

29 Jul 2012

Super Reviewer
30

(actually 3.5 stars if I could) Great to hear strong instrumental performances - folk pop-ish bands aren't renowned for it, and it's definitely a strength of yours. Would like to have heard a bit more development through the choruses, especially the last - just seems to be lacking a little in variation. Getting a nice Bob Evans vibe here though- "Goodnight Newcastle!"

(actually 3.5 stars if I could) Great to hear strong instrumental performances - folk pop-ish bands aren't renowned for it, and it's definitely a strength of yours. Would like to have heard a bit more development through the choruses, especially the last - just seems to be lacking a little in variation. Getting a nice Bob Evans vibe here though- "Goodnight Newcastle!"

Wild Oats

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

24 Mar 2012

Super Reviewer
30

Lots of adorable chord changes and dashes of instrumental subtlety but it seems like the song fades out just when it feels like time for a dynamic peak. Can't quite identify an alternate way, and re-writing songs is rarely worthwhile so I wouldn't do that in this case, just doesn't quite fully deliver on the promising build-up of the bridge. Still, I'm looking forward to hea...

Lots of adorable chord changes and dashes of instrumental subtlety but it seems like the song fades out just when it feels like time for a dynamic peak. Can't quite identify an alternate way, and re-writing songs is rarely worthwhile so I wouldn't do that in this case, just doesn't quite fully deliver on the promising build-up of the bridge. Still, I'm looking forward to hearing more - you're on the artist spotlight for a good reason!

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The Fabergettes

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Reviewed by LosingMyEdge LosingMyEdge

26 Jan 2012

Super Reviewer
40

Cleverer AND catchier than conventional surf-pop/rock (a simplistic term but it's a credit to you that no label is really an accurate match!)

Cleverer AND catchier than conventional surf-pop/rock (a simplistic term but it's a credit to you that no label is really an accurate match!)