ALBUM REVIEW: GLASS TOWERS – HALCYON DAYS

WARNING: this is not an album for adults, unless they’re exceptionally young at heart. The debut from Sydney-via-Byron Bay youngsters, Glass Towers, does just as prescribed; Halcyon Days captures the adventures and mystery of youth. The band started as a one-man show in 2008 in Ben Hannam’s bedroom. Now he feels like a young man on the precipice of adulthood….

ALBUM REVIEW: LAURA IMBRUGLIA – WHAT A TREAT

Laura Imbruglia’s third album, What A Treat comes with a gift, a Pozible-funded jigsaw. It proves a funny link between the past and future, a description that’s also applicable to her ten album tracks. Imbruglia’s music is by her own admission: “Lyric based, depresso pop with regular visits to the jaunty zone”. On What A Treat, Nat’s little sister emphasises…

ALBUM REVIEW: SPLIT SECONDS – YOU’LL TURN INTO ME

Perth-via-Melbourne band, Split Seconds’ star has continued to shine bright since they picked up five WAMI awards. They’ve toured this great land with a number of excellent acts and released an impressive debut EP. But perhaps their biggest claim to fame is that Richard Kingsmill dubbed them his “New favourite Perth band”. Naturally, the expectations…

ALBUM REVIEW: ADELE & GLENN – CARRINGTON STREET

When you see the names Adele & Glenn you almost expect them to be cordially inviting you somewhere. And it could just be that these two are welcoming you into “their house” on Carrington Street. Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson – once the rhythm section of The Go-Betweens while the latter was also the drummer…

ALBUM REVIEW: BARRY MORGAN – THE TOUCH OF YOU

Barry Morgan’s a piano man but he’s not singing songs. The man who put the “organ” into “Morgan” is the alter ego of comedian, Stephen Teakle, who originally rose to fame on Spicks & Specks. On his debut album, The Touch Of Youhe pulls out all the stops (that’s an organ joke) with eight instrumental…

ALBUM REVIEW: BEARHUG – BILL, DANCE, SHINER

If there was ever a band that sounded like they were giving a giant bear hug to J. Mascis then it’s – ahem – Bearhug. Frontman and singer, Ryan Phelan even sounds a lot like the Dino’s J. And while that grey-haired, skateboarding elf and king of distortion no doubt gives good hugs, the band’s…

ALBUM REVIEW: ALEKS & THE RAMPS – FACTS

Aleks & The Ramps have just released their third studio album. Fact. It once again is an eccentric offering of energetic art-pop. Fact. It was recorded in a warehouse in Fairfield and this was at times sweaty and at other moments chilly. Fact. And the group reckons they’re bigger than Jesus (okay, I made that…

ALBUM REVIEW: GUTHRIE – SELF-TITLED

When you have a name like Guthrie you’ve certainly got a lot to live up to when you consider Woody and Arlo, not to mention at least one other band with the same name. The Tassie duo is virtually Google-proof, but that has not phased frontman, Liam Guthrie (guitar/vocals) and drummer, Luke Young. They are…

ALBUM REVIEW: CLOUD NOTHINGS – ATTACK ON MEMORY

When Bob Dylan went from being a folk troubadour to donning an electric guitar, many fans were less than impressed. Some even went so far as to call him, “Judas!” On their third LP (and second studio album proper), Attack On Memory, Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings appear to be standing on a similar precipice. Gone is…