We can all agree that 2015 was a massively successful year for Australian music. Courtney Barnett & Tame Impala led the charge overseas, Aussie legends like San Cisco & The Rubens dominated the airwaves and up-and-comers like Tired Lion, WAAX and Boo Seeka solidified that the future is bright. (more…)
Having already topped the iTunes charts and selling out headline tours worldwide, this Australian actor turned singer is the definition of ‘hot property’.
Recently releasing his first full length album, to incredible public demand, it’s Troye’s engaging persona, mixed with beautifully curated compositions and honest lyrics, that we see emotional electro at its finest.
Part dreamy, part doomy, the delicate arrangement of smooth synth and empowering vocals flow easily through tracks such as ‘Youth’ and ‘Cool’, as tales of heartbreak and turmoil bridge the elegance and dusky undertones of ‘Talk Me Down’.
Whilst the repetitive downhearted ambiance may wear thin near half way into the disc, for a debut pop album, Troye Sivan has little to complain about. Should Troye follow in the footsteps of similar artists, i.e. Patrick Wolf, there is no doubt that the future will bring continued colourful and eclectic sheen, and universal critical acclaim.
And to have full support of every move you make from pop-royalty Taylor Swift, I truly do understand just why Sivan’s ‘small baby heart cannot handle this kind of stress’ right now.
Artist: Troye Sivan
Album: Blue Neighbourhood
Moments of Standout: Youth, Cool
Label: EMI Music
– This review was written by James.
Newton Faulkner has returned with his fifth studio album with a new look and a new sound. The dreadlocks are off and the folky guitar has taken a back seat.
Whether it be covering Major Lazer, collaborating with Empire of the Sun or sharing songwriting credits with a UK pop powerhouse, there are all the signs that Newton Faulkner is trying to evolve his sound.
Unfortunately there is a fine line between progressing your sound and losing your individuality by sounding like everyone else. (more…)