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Going out on a limb, Karnivool is the best contemporary band in Australia. They are musically intelligent, exploring polyrhythms, independent harmonic layering, novel structures and chromatic melodic sequences. As drummer Steve Judd reminds us, toddlers can count to four. Possibilities…


Artist/s: Resonaxis
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Indidem IND003
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The second CD from this ambitious project combines cathedral organ and rock instrumentation built around the pure singing and songwriting of Brooke Shelley.  Combining her dual passions of renaissance polyphony and progressive rock, Shelley is joined on this CD by…

Roll Back the Stone: 1985 – 2016

Artist/s: Mark Seymour and the Undertow. Mark Seymour (vocals and guitar), Cameron McKenzie (guitars), Peter Maslen (drums), John Favaro (bass), Scott Griffiths (keyboard and guitar)
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Liberation LMCD0310
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“Mark Seymour is, at heart, a storyteller and the wonderful traditions of Australian folk music are effusive, stripped of the aerophonic hardware prevalent in his Hunters and Collectors persona.”

Sanctuary. A meditation on memory, identity, family and the power of regeneration.

Artist/s: Gary Daley
Category: Classical, Country, Jazz, Rock
Label: Self-release
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This is one of the most impressive and disturbing releases I have heard in recent times. Disturbing? It is difficult to disentangle the inherent power of this music from personal associations. Okay. Look, there is nothing unusual about me. I…

Stories of Ghosts

Artist/s: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Intercorps/MGM, 2012
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I conclude this review on the day that Australian female rock icon, Chrissy Amphlett died. There is a slight synchronicity – Deborah Conway, like Chrissy Amphlett, appeared and thrived in a male dominated industry, in no way kowtowing to sexist…

Taking Pictures

Artist/s: Jo Lawry, singer/songwriter, vocals, guitar. One track a duet with Sting
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Label: Fleurieu Music
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Jo Lawry is a singer/songwriter from South Australia currently living in New York. She is best known as a backing singer with Sting and has been touring the world in his band. She was also featured in the documentary about…

to your poverty quietly go

Artist/s: Umlaut
Category: Contemporary, Experimental Music, Rock
Label: Newmarket Music and Romeo Records
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The second album by Melbourne experimental rock ensemble Umlaut is a cinematic, restless and beautifully arranged collection of songs. At only 32 minutes long I was definitely left wanting more – I wish I could walk around in the film-world…