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Contemporary Music Recording
Ashfield Skyline

Artist/s: Family Fold. Paul Andrews (guitar/vocals), Brad Jones (producer/bass/guitar/keys), Dan Cohen (guitar/mandolin), Jason Cheek / Nick Buda, (drums), Steven Byrom (keys), Chris Carmichael (strings), Carey Kotsionis (backing vocals), Jim Hoke (sax).
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock
Label: Family Fold
www.familyfold.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by

“It might not be the stuff that generates hits and clicks but this is music that puts its hooks in far deeper than that.”

Acoustic
Asymmetry

Artist/s: Karnivool
Category: Acoustic, Metal, Rock
Label: Standard edition Cymatic/Sony KARN06CD Deluxe edition with live DVD Cymatic/Sony KARN05DLX
www.karnivool.com
Reviewed by

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…

Contemporary Music Recording
Cannot Buy My Soul 2020 edition: the songs of Kev Carmody

Artist/s: Various performers including Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes, Kate-Miller Heidke, Courtney Barnett, Archie Roach, Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Clare Bowditch, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more.
Category: Contemporary, Country, Folk, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: EMI through Universal. Vinyl – 0717073. CD – 0737156
Reviewed by

“The great strength of the writing is the way Kev balances the fire and rage with love and hope” – Paul Kelly.

Contemporary Music Recording
Dissonants

Artist/s: Hands like Houses. Matty P Cooper, lead guitar; Joel Tyrrell, bass; Trenton Todd Woodley, lead vocals, keyboard, programming; Alex Pearson, rhythm guitar and backing vocals; Matt Parkitney, drums
Category: Contemporary, Experimental Music, Rock
Label: Rise Records
http://handslikehouses.net
Reviewed by

With their third album Dissonants and eight years under the belt, Canberra-based band Hands like Houses have well and truly ‘arrived’. Hands like Houses have toured extensively over the last couple of years, boosted by the support of the Oregon-based…

Contemporary Music Recording
Feelin’ Kinda Free

Artist/s: The Drones
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: TFS Records
Reviewed by

“A major expansion of the sonic palette for The Drones.” The inclusion of synths, drum machines and more studio-treatment than any other Drones recording has intensified what has always been essential to this band. Enveloping memorable verse/choruses and lyrics delivered…

Contemporary Music Recording
Fever Dreams

Artist/s: Mark Moldre (acoustic and electric guitars/percussion), Scott Hutchings (drums), Reuben Wills (double and electric bass), Adam Lang (lap slide/banjo), Jamie Hutchings (electric guitar/percussion). Produced by Jamie Hutchings.
Category: Contemporary, Country, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: Yellow Moon Records
Reviewed by

“Hot band, great songs, top-shelf performances and some classic microphones too no doubt. But if it was as simple as that there would be more records as powerful as Fever Dreams.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Field Recordings

Artist/s: Blackbirds FC. Gina Hearnden (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jeremy Gronow (vocals/acoustic and electric guitars/string arrangements), Bec Long (cello), John Jackson (violin), Julien Chick (bass), Phil Campbell (drums), Cam McKenzie (producer/guitar/keys).
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: Popboomerang (PB:116)
http://popboomerang.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by

“A great song lives beyond your time and mine. You can find 12 of them on Field Recordings.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Ghosteen

Artist/s: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Nick Cave (vocals/piano/synth/backing vocals), Warren Ellis (synth/loops/flute/violin/piano/backing vocals), Thomas Wydler (drums), Martyn Casey (bass), Jim Sclavunos (vibraphone, percussion), George Vjestica (guitar)
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: AWAL Recordings BS016CD
https://www.nickcave.com/
Reviewed by

“Cave’s grappling with all that is mortal and all that is not is utterly immersive on this album. It is an artistic triumph.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Golden Boy

Artist/s: Nick Batterham with guest musicians Nick Murray, Raif Rehak, Craig Mitchell, Erica Manting, Jethro Woodward, Andrew Batterham, Gareth Skinner, Nick Milwright.
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock
Label: Popboomerang, PB 112.
www.nickbatterham.com
Reviewed by

“Batterham is one of this country’s most acute observers of matters of the heart, and Golden Boy is as powerful as it is intimate.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Good Mood

Artist/s: Ball Park Music. Sam Cromack (guitar/lead vocals), Jennifer Boyce (bass), Paul Furness (keys), Dean Hanson (guitar), Daniel Hanson (drums)
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock
Label: Stop Start SSM52CD
Reviewed by

“The Perfect Life Does Not Exist finds a perfect balance between conversational tone, philosophical insight and a melody that just won’t let you go.”

Classical Music Recording
Hollows out of time. Erik Griswold

Artist/s: Erik Griswold (prepared piano) & Camerata String Quartet: Brendan Joyce and Jason Tong (violins), Anna Colville (viola), Katherine Philp (cello)
Category: Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, New Music, Rock
Label: Artist release
Reviewed by

“Hollows out of time is extremely groovy, timbrally curious, and refreshingly honest – a musical treatise reflecting on the many complex facets of the human emotional spectrum.” Nestled in a forest at Wilson’s Downfall close to the NSW border in…

Contemporary Music Recording
Hymnarium

Artist/s: Resonaxis
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Indidem IND003
Reviewed by

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…

Contemporary Music Recording
I See Seaweed

Artist/s: The Drones
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: TFS Records
thedrones.com.au
Reviewed by

The Drones are perhaps the most important Australian rock band creating music today. While this is a big statement, and one that reflects my own admiration of the literary (and noisy), there is much to love about this group, both…

Contemporary Music Recording
In and Out of the Light. The Apartments

Artist/s: The Apartments. Peter Milton Walsh (guitars/keys/vocals), Chris Abrahams (piano), Nick Allum (drums/percussion), Miro Bukovsky (trumpet/flugelhorn), Antoine Chaperon (guitar/string arrangements), Anthony Chesneau (viola), Eliott Fish (bass/vocals), Ken Gormley (bass), Olivier Jaeger (cello), Nick Kennedy (drums), Tim Kevin (guitar/production/recording), Clare Moore, (vibes), Natasha Penot (vocals).
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Riley Records/Talitres
Reviewed by

“In a world where we are reminded so sharply of the things that divide us, In and Out of the Light is a from a deeper well, one that draws upon the things we share.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Inferno

Artist/s: Robert Forster. Robert Forster (electric and acoustic guitars/lead vocals), Scott Bromiley (guitar/bass/synthesiser/organ/vocals), Karin Baumler (violin/glockenspiel/vocals), Michael Muhlhaus (piano/Fender Rhodes), Earl Havin (drums/bongos)
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: EMI, Catalogue No. physical: 7750544 digital: 7750543
Reviewed by

“It’s the pressure that creates the diamond, not the easy life.”

Contemporary Music Recording
It’s Magnetic

Artist/s: It’s Magnetic. Mia Goodwin (vocals), Jamie Trevaskis (guitars), Ben Ely (bass/drum programming)
Category: Contemporary, Post-rock, Rock
Label: Valve through MGM
Reviewed by

“It’s Magnetic is music made for these times, when some of us find ourselves in this strange place, where we have time to really listen.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Jen Cloher

Artist/s: Jen Cloher (guitars/vocals), Courtney Barnett (guitar), Jen Sholakis (drums), Andrew “Bones” Sloane (bass), Greg Walker (guitar/ keys/percussion)
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Milk! Records
www.jencloher.com
Reviewed by

“You feel like you are right there in the car with her with the radio on”

Contemporary Music Recording
Killer

Artist/s: Dan Sultan
Category: Contemporary, Gospel, Rock, Soul
Label: Liberation Music, Australia LMCD0331
http://dansultan.com/
Reviewed by

Killer is Dan Sultan’s fourth album and embraces and extends the strengths of his previous award-winning Blackbird. But he’s venturing strongly into gospel territory here and it is, of course, a wondrous genre when your desire is to convey strong messages.

Contemporary Music Recording
Lilith Shrugs

Artist/s: Jackie Marshall. Jackie Marshall, vocals / acoustic guitars / electric guitar / keys), Leigh Ivin (electric and acoustic guitars/ baritone guitar / steel guitar / guitar synth / synths), Ronny Rindo (drums / percussion), Melissa  Fraser (bass / backing vocals), Adam Bodkin (bass), Roz Pappalardo, Raychel Stone, Sarah Carroll, George Wilson (backing vocals)
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Sugarrush.
https://www.sugarrushmusic.com.au
Reviewed by

After playing it for a month, I think I know where to categorise Lilith Shrugs now. File it under Great.

Contemporary Music Recording
Monument. The Bell Streets

Artist/s: The Bell Streets. Played and sung by Nick Batterham and Josh Meadows. Kelly Day (vocals), Craig Mitchell and Joel Sprake (drums), Phil McLeod (cello), Jenny M. Thomas (violin and viola). Recorded and mixed by Nick Batterham.
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock
Label: Popboomerang, PB 118
Reviewed by

“Fragile is a song about being open with another person about vulnerabilities, and that’s what these two did in the course of writing the album.”

Contemporary Music Recording
My Friend The Chocolate Cake. The Revival Meeting

Artist/s: My Friend the Chocolate Cake. David Bridie (piano, pump-organ, vocals), Helen Mountfort (cello, vocals), Greg Patten (drums, percussion), Hope Csutoros (violin), Dean Addison (double bass), Andrew Richardson (guitar, ukulele), Andrew Carswell, (mandolin)
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock
Label: Self Release
Website: https://www.mftcc.com/
Reviewed by

This is a great album by an important Australian artist and band. It transcends ordinary pop by a very long way. It sparkles with originality and superb musicianship. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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