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Just a bloke that enjoys gigs around Australia (mostly Melbourne for now). I will only try to review outfits and songs that I have seen personally. They will usually consist of a short happenings at the gigs which may include some memorable moments from the performance. Banter will be prioritized. The second part will attempt to give some comments about the songs. I have no (current) expertise on composition or music so take that with a grain of salt. Therefore, I don't feel like I can comment constructively enough on work that could do with improvement. That said I am biased to leaving scores for music I like so please excuse me if I only rate songs 4-5 stars.
Howlite

Review

Vinh Nguyen

07 Jan 2019

50

The gig scene is often filled with performances that demand national recognition. Then, sometimes, a band appears and makes you feel completely conflicted between both gratefulness and injustice that they aren't selling out international tours. Howlite is one of them. Employing moody instrumental movements and breathy main vocals that are somehow also perfectly harmonized backing vocals, t...

The gig scene is often filled with performances that demand national recognition. Then, sometimes, a band appears and makes you feel completely conflicted between both gratefulness and injustice that they aren't selling out international tours. Howlite is one of them. Employing moody instrumental movements and breathy main vocals that are somehow also perfectly harmonized backing vocals, this band will completely dominate your senses live. Come see a set that is the entire opposite of 50 Turkish coffees.

Howlite sounds like they have taken the most recognisible elements of every band they have listed as their influence here and married them together. Orchestra makes for a compelling case of trying to catch someone's attention in, albeit in vain. Eventually, it is no longer worth it to keep trying. With a delicately complex arrangement, there is something new to focus on every listen.

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Natasha Johanna

Review

Vinh Nguyen

03 Dec 2018

50

This was on the list to see after being recommended by a mutual friend, describing the music as something between Gabriella Cohen and Weyes Blood. The live set is something to behold. Never before have I witnessed a very palatable anxiety in the audience as we all hold our breath for the next song. Natasha has some sort of stage presence magic that leaves the crowd silent and spellbound. It fee...

This was on the list to see after being recommended by a mutual friend, describing the music as something between Gabriella Cohen and Weyes Blood. The live set is something to behold. Never before have I witnessed a very palatable anxiety in the audience as we all hold our breath for the next song. Natasha has some sort of stage presence magic that leaves the crowd silent and spellbound. It feels like we were all personally handed a postcard full of the songwriter's childhood memories.

Belmont Park is a lovely and bright song about Natasha's childhood experiences growing up with a seaside amusement park in San Diego. Deceptively lo-fi, the song delivers beautiful vocal harmonies against layers of percussion (the clapping!), acoustic strumming and flute. It is going to be a great EP, expect more melancholy!

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