Friday, February 1, 2019
In our view, it is a tribute to Cunningham the pop craftsman that we find traces of past favorite records from labels like Postcard, Creation, and Sarah, as well as the label for this album, Slumberland, without being able to put a finger on a specific influence. The quality is at such a level that choosing favorite songs is an impossible task. We listen to this album daily -- at work, at home, in the car, on runs, and in the gym. If the blips and blaps on our devices were like vinyl, this record would be skipping already and today is the release day. Yes, Ripe for Anarchy gets our highest recommendation.
The album is out today in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Slumberland Records.
Bandcamp for Ripe For Anarchy
When I first read the name for Michael Wood's project, I wondered whether it was ironic, and would deliver a dose of thrash metal, or descriptive. The truth is that Whoa Melodic is an anagram of Michael's name. However, it also is completely, and delightfully, descriptive. Wood previously has worked with Singing Adams/Steven Adams & The French Drops and The Hayman Kupa Band, but steps to the front of the stage here with a set of personal songs that celebrate how happy he is and, quite frankly, how talented he is in crafting sunny ear worms. The listener will find a lot of piano, a lot of major keys, and a lot of smiles and hugs. (The listener also may correctly surmise that Paul McCartney is a major influence on Wood's creative impulses.) This is a gentle and sincere set of songs that we will enjoy in any setting. But with the rain coming down all day at WYMA headquarters, it currently is an essential album as well. Check out the album via the streams below or at the Bandcamp link, and enjoy smiling.
Whoa Melodic is out today in vinyl and digital formats via the mighty little indie pop label Where It's At Is Where You Are (wiaiwya).
Bandcamp for album
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Melbourne's Chapter Music is a "go to" kind of label. We've covered electronic, club, pop, rock, and many, many guitar pop releases put out by these fine gents. We've been wondering when their first release of the year would arrive, but we wonder no more. Our ears have now had the pleasure of meeting Honey 2 Honey, via single "Tone Of Voice". Firmly on the club side of the spectrum, it is the product of a Canberra/Sydney collaboration among Roy Stenning, Luke Keanan-Brown, Del Lumanta, and Daryl Prondoso, and is taken from their forthcoming EP A Taste Of. Expect - no, anticipate - some jazz, dub, R&B and even Krautrock. But for now, enjoy "Tone Of Voice".
Bandcamp page for pre-orders of the EP
Chapter Music page for pre-orders of the EP
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Attic Lights are Kev Sherry, Colin McArdle, Jamie Houston, and Noel O'Donnell. Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks is out now via Spanish label Elefant Records.
Bandcamp for album
Sunday, January 27, 2019
For this recording, Delsbo Beach Club are Erik Björklund, Aron Lange, Alexander Kuronen, Max Englund.
Bandcamp for EP
Bandcamp for "Skinny Dipping"
Link for additional sites to buy/stream