Sunscreen

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
45

It's hard to miss the Alvvays in this but it's definitely still uniquely Sunscreen.
This is a favourite of mine live (go see them!) and it's translated so well in the studio. Unbelievably keen for the EP!

It's hard to miss the Alvvays in this but it's definitely still uniquely Sunscreen.
This is a favourite of mine live (go see them!) and it's translated so well in the studio. Unbelievably keen for the EP!

Obscura Hail

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

This one definitely goes exactly where you don't expect.
I love the synth and lyrics are super charming. The drum beat is definitely the dude doing 140 on the highway - makes the song go by in a flash.

This one definitely goes exactly where you don't expect.
I love the synth and lyrics are super charming. The drum beat is definitely the dude doing 140 on the highway - makes the song go by in a flash.

START TOGETHER

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
45

I'm so excited about Start Together. One of my favourite bands coming from QLD at the moment.
Stick around for the chorus on this one, it's an alt-indie cracker.

I'm so excited about Start Together. One of my favourite bands coming from QLD at the moment.
Stick around for the chorus on this one, it's an alt-indie cracker.

WYN

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WYN

Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
40

This track makes me feel like I'm driving down the street at 2am and people are looting every store in sight in slow motion. I really really like it.

This track makes me feel like I'm driving down the street at 2am and people are looting every store in sight in slow motion. I really really like it.

Bells Rapids

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Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

Female-fronted Oasis but on acid and with a big PHAT outro.
Such an exciting act, I back this so damn hard.

Female-fronted Oasis but on acid and with a big PHAT outro.
Such an exciting act, I back this so damn hard.

Good Doogs

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
50

That's it, I'm going to start skating or surfing - whatever Good Doogs want me to do, I will do it.

That's it, I'm going to start skating or surfing - whatever Good Doogs want me to do, I will do it.

Lola Scott

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Review by Darren James Darren James

06 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
50

Oh god, she's so so good.
Lola Scott's sound becomes more and more realized with every release.
I literally could not tell you how you're supposed to top this as a song.

Oh god, she's so so good.
Lola Scott's sound becomes more and more realized with every release.
I literally could not tell you how you're supposed to top this as a song.

Split Feed

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

31 Jul 2019

Super Reviewer
40

Think 'I Don't Care' era Fall Out Boy having beers and/or good times with Luca Brasi.
Super lovely (and appropriately gritty) punk just teetering on the right side of pop.
Love the new direction!

Think 'I Don't Care' era Fall Out Boy having beers and/or good times with Luca Brasi.
Super lovely (and appropriately gritty) punk just teetering on the right side of pop.
Love the new direction!

Eliza & The Delusionals

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

17 May 2019

Super Reviewer
50

Eliza and the gang have pulled it off again.
They’re never an artist to lack feel or melody and in this case, it’s the perfect culmination of both. That pay-off at the end is simply world class.

Eliza and the gang have pulled it off again.
They’re never an artist to lack feel or melody and in this case, it’s the perfect culmination of both. That pay-off at the end is simply world class.

ZUMA

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Review by Darren James Darren James

28 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
35

ZUMA have crafted a hugely distinctive sound, it's beyond interesting.
Shades of Tame Impala, Blondie and King Gizzard in this one, an extremely gripping listen and I can only imagine this triples in size live.

ZUMA have crafted a hugely distinctive sound, it's beyond interesting.
Shades of Tame Impala, Blondie and King Gizzard in this one, an extremely gripping listen and I can only imagine this triples in size live.

MEMOIIRS

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

28 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
40

Effortlessly-cool soul topped with terrifically unique voice.
For the fans of old school Chet Faker - one to keep an eye on for sure.

Effortlessly-cool soul topped with terrifically unique voice.
For the fans of old school Chet Faker - one to keep an eye on for sure.

Yev Kassem

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

26 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
40

There is something so incredible about the way Noah crafts his songs.
Lyrically he presents such a casual yet gripping theme, and musically he structures his songs as free-flowing and as thoughtful as anyone. They scream for a live band yet are so perfect being these acoustic ear worms.
Go Yev.

There is something so incredible about the way Noah crafts his songs.
Lyrically he presents such a casual yet gripping theme, and musically he structures his songs as free-flowing and as thoughtful as anyone. They scream for a live band yet are so perfect being these acoustic ear worms.
Go Yev.

Trucks

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

26 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
35

A little alt-rock gem for the fans of Slowly Slowly and Dear Seattle.

(just wish it was mastered louder).

A little alt-rock gem for the fans of Slowly Slowly and Dear Seattle.

(just wish it was mastered louder).

Froyo

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Review by Darren James Darren James

26 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
40

Dreamy and boppy and straight out of the 2011 movie, Drive, starring Ryan Gosling.
In my opinion there can be no greater compliment.

Dreamy and boppy and straight out of the 2011 movie, Drive, starring Ryan Gosling.
In my opinion there can be no greater compliment.

The Zilzies

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

26 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
30

Literally overflowing with feel good melodies and a lovely little comment on privilege that evoked a 'yep, nice' from me.
A whole stack of influences present in this one too, keen to see just a couple honed in on.

Literally overflowing with feel good melodies and a lovely little comment on privilege that evoked a 'yep, nice' from me.
A whole stack of influences present in this one too, keen to see just a couple honed in on.

DRESS CODE

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

01 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
40

Massively dreamy with a chorus that's just begging to be played in big rooms across the country.
Can't imagine it'll be long until that's the case.

Massively dreamy with a chorus that's just begging to be played in big rooms across the country.
Can't imagine it'll be long until that's the case.

Sleep Talk

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

01 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
35

A personal highlight from Bigsound 2018.
Cannot wait to see the singalongs to this chorus live, can't even imagine the scenes.

A personal highlight from Bigsound 2018.
Cannot wait to see the singalongs to this chorus live, can't even imagine the scenes.

Party Dozen

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

01 Mar 2019

Super Reviewer
40

Filthy - there's no other way to describe this song.
That build up to the last 30 seconds leads to one of the biggest moments in punk music this year, absolutely huge.

Filthy - there's no other way to describe this song.
That build up to the last 30 seconds leads to one of the biggest moments in punk music this year, absolutely huge.

EGOISM

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

22 Feb 2019

Super Reviewer
50

Yep, 5 stars for this one.
The shoegaze guitars, the Molly Rankin vocals, the amazing bittersweet chorus - THAT OUTRO. Egoism, I feel, have just firmly planted themselves as the one's to watch for 2019 and beyond. I cannot wait for more.

Yep, 5 stars for this one.
The shoegaze guitars, the Molly Rankin vocals, the amazing bittersweet chorus - THAT OUTRO. Egoism, I feel, have just firmly planted themselves as the one's to watch for 2019 and beyond. I cannot wait for more.

Butter

Review

Review by Darren James Darren James

22 Feb 2019

Super Reviewer
40

@Drummer, Questlove would like to have a word with you, this is simply incredible.
Such a stupidly well put together song. I can only imagine how hard a sweaty dancing crowd would get behind this.

@Drummer, Questlove would like to have a word with you, this is simply incredible.
Such a stupidly well put together song. I can only imagine how hard a sweaty dancing crowd would get behind this.