Bonnie Grace – Luna (E.P.)

LunaThe image of the acoustic songstress, with a voice and guitar rich in tone, is an immortal presence within pop music. One that has always been around, and one that will continue to persist. As such, it is rather difficult to carve out a memorable position within this group, given its saturation within the indie market. Having said that, Bonnie Grace’s debut E.P. Luna has a quaint charm about it, one that is accentuated by its cover, with each cover being hand-drawn and individually designed. While it is by no means a mind-altering experience or a watershed release, Luna does not attempt to be, a quality which cannot help but be appreciated within the confines of the E.P. Continue reading

The Top 8 Audiosprawl Reviews

It has been a whole year! Ever since the review for The War Drugs’ Lost In The Dream was published on the 19th of April 2014, Audiosprawl has seen over 70 reviews get published for the delight and dismay and many musical followers. When we created this blog in a small, cramped bedroom one Australian afternoon, Phillip Leason and I never expected to have such a loyal following of people interested to hear what we had to say. Our stuff has also been read internationally, a feat we never thought possible in such a small amount of time. So to sum up, we at Audiosprawl would like to say thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic lives to read our thoughts. We love doing this, and we love that you love it too. So, as a little anniversary treat, we have compiled a list of the Top 8 Audiosprawl Reviews (in no order)…Basically, we’re going to review our album reviews. How meta is that! So without further ado, thank you, and enjoy! – Yanni Markovina Continue reading

Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

It was early 2014. A down on his luck guy by the name of Tobias Jesso Jr. (is this his real name?) had for the past few years, been around the West Coast of America, trying prosper as a musician. However, after years of hard work, nothing came into fruition. About to give up on his dreams, in a last ditch attempt, Tobias wrote a few striking and personal songs, and posted the rough recordings of them to YouTube. The songs were simple piano ballads, but there was a magnetising quality to them. From then on, things started moving very quickly. Soon message boards and established music websites began to rave about this new talent. Continue reading

Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressure

There is no denying the fact that Brian Wilson is one of the immortals. He shaped the way music was perceived during the 1960s, and pushed the conventions of pop music to places never before heard or matched. To this day, countless musicians are still taking cues from the pioneering work of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, all those intricate, multi-textured man harmonies and instrumental pop experimentations you hear coming from your favourite alternative bands nowadays? You can thank The Beach Boys. Their album Pet Sounds undoubtedly is the cornerstone of the whole Beach Boys/ Brian Wilson mythos, it being a radical experiment by a crazed Wilson attempting to create the perfect pop record. Its musical glory and status in the pantheon of pop history is so astounding that the name “Pet Sounds” has now entered the musical lexicon; to be used by musicians when saying that they want to take their music to more complicated territory (“We’re gonna do this like Pet Sounds!”), and by critics who use the term as an outlandish point of comparison (“so-and-so album is the Pet Sounds for the modern era). Another integral factor of legend of Brian Wilson is that he is in possession of one of the most fascinating ‘rise and fall’ stories of any musician, ever. Mental disorder, court cases, self-imposed isolation, medical dramas, multiple comeback tours…it’s the stuff of movies (not unlike the Brian Wilson biopic coming out later this year). This history lesson is far from complete, but a little background context is necessary, as it allows for a thorough understanding of just how inadequate No Pier Pressure is. Continue reading

Laura Marling – Short Movie

Laura Marling’s fourth full-length album, Once I Was an Eagle, was a subtle and understated, but paradoxically brave and fiery, song writing masterpiece. Marling’s gorgeous, textured guitar playing, alternately gentle and triumphant vocal deliveries, and honest but cryptic lyrics were a culmination of a five-year-long emotional and musical growth. All but entirely bereft of electric instruments, the album relies on traditional folk instrumentation that slowly introduces layer upon quiet layer, sometimes revealing tasteful eastern influences. The result: probably the best album of the genre to be released in 2013.Two years later the follow-up, Short Movie, has arrived and after two years of the British artist soaking up cultural influences from her new home in Los Angeles, the record is certainly a change in direction; it’s her sunniest Continue reading