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CD Review: Tia Gostelow – Thick skin

Since popping up as one of Triple J’s Unearthed High finalists a few years ago, Tia Gostelow has graced the Australian scene with her unique brand of atmospheric indie rock. She has now put out her debut album which shows off her amazing writing over these years.

Like many debut albums, this acts as a quasi “best of” with many of her great singles from the past few years making the cut.

Included in the album is the breezy atmospheric epic that is ‘Hunger’. The music drifts along blissfully carrying a huge fug of dreamy shoegazery along the way!

There is also the latest single ‘Phone me’. This sees Tia take on a more 80s esq poppy-dancy feel in the vein of Cindy Lauper or Olivia Newton-John. The result is a colourfully tune that shows off Tia’s great musical range.

‘Stranger’ is perhaps the most laid back tune on the record. Floating along in a chilled out fashion the music creates the perfect relaxed vibe. The calm duel vocals from Tia and Lanks add further to the relaxed feel.

Vague utopia brings in a great earthy rural atmosphere that floats in and takes you somewhere far away! Tia’s gusty and beautiful vocals gives the song a create character and further add to the hazy vibe!

Towards the end of the record is a reworking of ‘State of art’. This epic soundscape still has the amazing mesmerizing powers it possessed when Tia Gostelow burst onto the Unearthed High scene!

The album finished with the bright and breezy ‘That’s what you get’. The song has a faint Go-Betweens feel to it, with a bright colourful vibe felt the whole way through. Tia’s vocals are bright and catchy and finish off the bright and bouncing sounds beautifully. This is quite different from what Ms Gostelow has put out before, but really it shows how she can take on many musical styles and make them her own!

This is a fantastic debut record that really shows off Tia Gostelow’s incredible musical ability. Each song paints a gloriously colourful soundscape full of feeling and life. Given this is the first full length, there is no doubt many more glorious sounds to come!

Check out Tia Gostelow’s website to find out more!

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Designer Mutts – Virtue Signals

This is the debut full length release from the self proclaimed hottest anti-folk bedroom pop duo to come from Porpoise Spit, Australia. You may listen to this and think “this sounds a lot like Royal Chant”! That isn’t a coincidence, the line up is basically the same as that of Royal Chant. So what’s the difference? Well while Royal Chant are a loud and raving garage rock band, this release shows off  the guys’ softer side. The tracks are in most parts acoustic, taking on a sound somewhere between Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan. The music still has the rough, raw, and gritty feel that has made Royal Chant stand out over the years, it’s just a bit softer and quieter.

A major highlight is the the catchy almost electo-pop sounds of ‘I don’t want to race you’ that opens the record. The sound bounces around playfully, while Mr Spence’s soft yet gravely vocals gives it a somewhat sinister edge. Especially with lyrics such as “I don’t want to chase you but you won’t stay still!”

Also on offer is a mellowed out and atmospheric re-working on Royal Chant’s thrashing rock tune ‘Bored awake’. Wait given this is listed as a different band does this count as a cover version? Or is it a re-work as it was sung by the same person? I don’t know! But either way you should listen to it as it is one of the more creative interpretations of a past song out there!

As to be expected, there are a lot of the elements of Royal Chant re-appearing here so if you like Royal Chant you will like this record and may well consider it part of the expanded catalogue. At the same time it offers a different feel, with a much more placid and atmospheric vibe! Either way it’s good so you should listen to it!

Plus you can listen to the whole album by clicking the play button below!

 

 

Check out Designer Mutts’ Facebook page to find out more!

CD Reivew: The Omnific – Kismet

The Omnific are a Melbourne based three piece a consisting of 2 bass players and a drummer, creating a unique new age / rock / metal sound. This is the band’s second EP, showing off an amazingly colourful collection of sounds and atmosphere!

The duel bass guitars bring out a very unique sound that is charged with energy and atmosphere. The moving slides seamlessly from intense industrial metal sounds to calm chilled out new age sounds and a fair bit in between. The basses bring out all sorts of interesting sounds full of character and colour!

‘Proem’ opens the EP in a out new age fashion. It quickly thrusts into top gear speeding along with great energy and life. ‘Objects de vertu’ has a subtle jazzy feel to it bringing in a cool chilled out vibe.

‘Bugbear’ shows off the exceptional range the band can achieve with their bass guitars, bringing out a cool mix of rocking and electronic style sounds. The title track follows in a similar fashion putting forward a mix of metal and new age sounds sounding like Metallica remixed by Mike Oldfield.

‘Ersatz’ is a short, sharp, and intense metal tune. Going for just under tow and half minutes the track blasts through with great power! The EP closes with the Mike Oldfield-esq epic ‘Sonorous Pt 2’

This is a very cool EP with 8 action packed tunes. The band have demonstrated amazing sounds can be created with just drums and bass guitars.

Check out The Omnific’s Facebook page to find out more!

 

CD Review: 10 Years – (How to live) as ghosts

Tennessee Rockers 10 Years have returned with album number eight. With their previous record being alluded to as a swan song and the return of Brian Vodinh and Matt Wantlan, this album acts like something of a second coming for the group.

The album sees 10 Years pick up from where they left off and building on and further defining their own sound. There is a great deal of rocking energy which is matched with a calm and smooth atmospheric backdrop.

‘The messenger’ slams its way in with a barrage of loud metal backed with a deep atmospheric backdrop. The song charges along at great pace building up in energy and intensity as it thrashes through. ‘Novacaine’ is a thumping rock tune with subtle elements of Faith No More in the mix. The breathy but calm vocals give the track a cool kind of charisma that it driven along by the powerful sounds belted out.

‘Catacombs’ is a more upbeat offering, with the music moving about brightly while maintaining the tight energy.
‘Ghosts’ is a somber, metal ballad with a slower deeper sound in the vein of Tool’s softer moments.
‘Blood red sky’ is a deeper atmospheric tune that takes you out into a vast desert space! There is a certain calm yet energetic vibe that is experiences here creating an endearing experience.

‘Phantoms’ is a dark but smooth metal tune. The song charges along in a slow but steady page picking up a great slow burning roar.
‘Lucky you’ puts out some slow cold metal vibes creating an unnerving soundscape.

The album closes with the blasting fuzzy rocking sounds of ‘Insomnia’.

This is a great collection of atmospherically roaring metal tunes. 10 years have continued to put out their very own brand of metal that is full of oomph!

Check out 10 Years’ website to find out more!

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