Weezer – Weezer (White Album)

Everything Will Be Alright in the End in many ways could have been Weezer’s last album. Asides from the very resolute sounding title, the album neatly rounded off a 20 year career, featured Ric Ocasek production like their debut, and featured a sound that was a frank and honest reminder to their fans that had stuck by them for so many years and been let down so many times. The message was that Weezer still understood their fans, and could still make a good album. Not to mention, the album concluded with the phenomenal The Futurescope Trilogy, which was a pretty damn high note to finish on. It would have been sad, but if 2014’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End had been the final Weezer album, it would have made sense. But here we, two years later and we find Weezer shattering that legendary ‘could-have-been’ story with their 10th album…Weezer (The White Album). Did it deserve to be shattered? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart

Pictures do tell a thousand words, and that is definitely the case with this self-titled release from Seth Bogart. Just look at that album cover, with Bogart himself looking like a cross between Andy Kaufman in Heart Beeps and Bryan Ferry, with his digitally replicated likeness glitching at the seams, and not to mention, coloured in that washy, pastel explosion that can only point to one thing. Yep, this is going to sound like an 80s album. And while it may be true that the current music industry is unquestionably looking back to the 1980s to revive the lost arts of cheesy synths, grandiose torch songs, and epic melodies, so much so that it might just start being a tad stale some time soon, that is no reason to shrug Seth Bogart off as merely another 1980s poser album, or at best, an ironic 1980s poser album. Continue reading

Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

The already infamous album rollout of Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo was truly something to behold. It was drawn-out yet oddly sudden, patchy and shambolic yet somehow seemingly pre-planned. With reports dating that the album would be released as far back as late 2013, West has, without desiring to or not, strung along his fanbase for the better part of three years. Within that time, there wasn’t really much to get too excited about. A cameo here and there, some helping out with Big Sean, a few 2015 singles all vastly different and in some regards, kinda lacking that special Kanye ‘oomph’. Not to mention, West’s fashion industry ambitions were bizarre and perplexing at best. Then, we get to the actual release of the album. Continue reading

Grizzlee Train – Burned Him Again (E.P.)

Take a look at that title. “Burned Him Again“. With the destructive nature of fire infused into this statement, there is a definite implication of a burning of the past in order to start anew. And while one may scoff that a young, up-and-coming blues band from the Central East Coast of Australia who have only produced one previous E.P. should not really be touting such lofty artistic notions and proclaiming that they need to ‘get back to their roots’ (considering that many would still see them in the root-creating process), there is no denying that the ‘blaze it all, start afresh’ approach has definitely proven to be an artistic step forward for Grizzlee Train. Continue reading

Groove Platoon – Groove Platoon EP

UntitledMelbourne’s funk, soul and blues entity Groove Platoon have just released their debut self-titled EP. Accompanied with a psychedelic colour collage for a cover where one half looks to be depicting some sort of vibrant alien planet, there’s not much else that isn’t already self-explanatory to be said about this release. This EP puts funk and mild psychedelia with soulful vocals, and doesn’t really try to be anything beyond that. Continue reading

David Bowie – Blackstar

I started writing this review in absolute elation, but it looks like I will be in utter despair by the time I finish it. Literally as I was writing this review of David Bowie’s wondrous return to form Blackstar, I found out that David Bowie had died. The man that words cannot ever hope to describe, the man who unquestionably shaped the face of popular music forever, the man who managed to change the perception of society’s downtrodden and misrepresented into something proud. The man, myth, and legend: David Bowie. Is dead. Continue reading

Dead Vandals – MOON UNIT EP

This EP was teased for a release right on the end of 2015, literally on New Years Eve. Yes, I was excited. Dead Vandals are a duo from Melbourne, Australia, who are credited on this EP as ‘Lazy8: Words, Mr.Society: Beats,’ and they first introduced their brand of Noisy Hop-Hop (quite literal on the term ‘noisy’) with their debut release # which proved a solid gem back in 2014, and I can only see future listeners going back to the firm roots of where Dead Vandals began. Then MOON UNIT was announced, and I thought an EP might be a fruitful outlet for further experimentation, maybe even a release that could be looked back on as a transition record for whatever is to come. Continue reading

Infinity Machine – Prisims – EP

Infinity Machine (formerly known as Ipso Factopus) have always had an affinity for Muse, and when listening to their music, it is unavoidable to think of anyone else. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, as Infinity Machine do know how to utilise their influences to enjoyable effect, it is a little bit distracting , and it sadly takes away from the musical talent that is on display on this EP. Still, for the fella or fellete who is interested in some synthy, Muse-inspired indie rock,  Prisims EP is a pretty nice place to go to. Continue reading

V1BE – Two Brothers

2015. It has been a good year for hip hop, but of a specific type. All the key releases in the hip hop scene this year have been pretty heavy stuff; Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Drake and more, have not allowed themselves a lot of time to relax, instead choosing to focus on the big issues (as well as themselves). While this is all good and progressive for the genre, it is nice to have differentiation from the crowd, and asides from the strange collaboration release of Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, jubilant hip hop releases have been thin this year (correction: GOOD jubilant hip hop releases). So what better artist to remind us of the simple pleasures of feeling fun than one simply called V1BE. Continue reading

Beach House – Depression Cherry & Thank Your Lucky Stars

Well this is interesting.

It seems odd to think now, but Beach House, the relatively faultless dream pop duo, have almost been making albums for 10 years. Over that time, their star has grown and grown ever larger and brighter as they let fans into their wonderfully insular and sonically comforting world. Whether lo-fi or glossy production, their sound has maintained an unshakable individualistic identity that has served to influence much of popular music within the new decade. Most notably, Beach House have popped up as a prominent sampling source for the likes of Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Amidst all of this, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have maintained a refreshingly humble demeanour.  They seem to realise the attention placed upon them, but they do not wish to bask in it. They just make music of pure emotional honesty, and ask us to respect their privacy. So far, this has been a good relationship, despite an ever-growing audience. And, seemingly as a reward, Beach House have released Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, two albums, not even two months apart from one another, breaking tradition from the standard “one album ever two years formula”. And as I did not manage to review Depression Cherry when it came out in August, I figured an analysis of both would be more acceptable. And besides, due to certain themes and issues spread across these albums, it actually makes more sense to discuss both and outline the reason why they were released so close to each other. Continue reading