A repeated image of the lover destroyed: examining grief, heartbreak, and temporality in Angel Olsen’s ‘Big Time’
In the midst of the usual stresses which come with living through a global pandemic, a break-up, a realisation of one’s queerness, and both of her parents had died only weeks apart; Angel Olsen turned to her latest musical endeavour as a way to escape from and process this grief. 'Big Time' not only reflects and explores these themes of same-sex love, heartbreak, isolation, grief, and self-actua
'Beatopia' shows that Bea is still coming into her own as an artist. Faustian bargains lurk by each opportunity to make an easy faux-emo song stamped with the TikTok guarantee of short-lived virality. But—just as it takes care of any lingering doubt about Bea's rejection of the pessimism of the 'sad girl' persona—'Beatopia' makes me optimistic for her career hereafter.
On Florence + The Machine's latest record, frontwoman Florence Welch doesn’t rest with plaintive platitudes reducing her to a romanticised “suffering artist” and grasps this struggle with art and death with her own hands. She wrestles back notions of womanhood for her own self-mythology. For her, songs are "children begging to be born." 'Dance Fever' is the result.
'Yelling Shit At The Universe' establishes itself as nothing short of ethereal, with vocals by Charly that are both warm and haunting, and lyrics that feel so close to home, yet completely out of reach in a way that has you constantly grappling for more.
On first listen, the tracklist of Mellow Moon may sound uneventful in comparison to his earlier releases, and yet with time, the songs have grown on me, identifying themselves as individual titles matched for their continuity.
The former One Direction star's latest 13-track record may not grab you on first listen the way his previous solo albums did, but the strength of 'Harry's House' lies in its ability to slow peel back layers of intimacies with each repeated listen.
In their new album 'Cooties', Brisbane trio Bugs dive into their sound evolution now combining surfer-punk music with a powerful pop-umph. The combination creates incredibly catchy songs that use 2000’s pop-punk radio classics to frame the feelings of toxic masculinity and loneliness that inhabit our twenties.
Melbourne-based neo-soul collective Velvet Bloom serve up familiar yet simultaneously fresh sounds on their debut EP 'Glimmer', a testament to their instinctive experimentation in mixing and melding different musical styles.
'Crash' is a masterclass in subverting female pop expectations and dives headfirst into territories of unknown soundscapes: mainstream chart-toppers are the industry’s unstoppable force, and Charli XCX is the immovable object in its way.
Go and listen to Gang of Youths’ most recent album angel in realtime., before you keep reading for soaring strings, cinematic atmospheres, and an evolution of euphoria.
Big Thief’s new album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, is a 20-track record that surveys love and landscape in its most primal, most road-trip form.
In The Dream, alt-J firmly plant themselves in the American landscape, in all of its heat-stroke and bluesy glory. The record is like basking under Californian sun, perched between debauchery and the luxury of Chateau corridors, before plodding through the Wild West. There is a lucrative richness to the harmonies and guitars, a slowness that can only be paired with ice-cold Coca Cola and a slew of
In the midst of a time that seems to make little sense, MAY-A’s debut EP Don’t Kiss Ur Friends is like a steaming mug of tea to soothe the soul—its title an ironic nod to the distance we are forced to keep from the people closest to us.
Kylie's 15th studio album brings a newfound sense of self to a genre that she knows better than perhaps any of her contemporaries. The result is a disco-pop album that feels familiar at first, but this time—and surprisingly for the first time in her career—on her own terms.
The expanded edition of Roger and Brian Eno’s Mixing Colours is a timely injection of effervescence into the dullness of a Melbourne winter; 25 richly-layered yet elusively nebulous tracks, depicting all the colours, minerals and textures we might forget by the time we’re out of this supposedly interminable present.
Will Minack After an eight-year drought of original material, the enigmatic folk icon returns with a 17-minute cultural odyssey centred on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Markella Votzourakis Niall Horan uses his second studio album Heartbreak Weather to analyse the rise and fall of a relationship from different points of view. But he is rarely accusatory or even particularly self-pitying throughout, which is refreshing and consistent with his clean, easy-going marketing image. How coincidental!
Will Minack Scott & Charlene’s Wedding returned to the Tote last month, launching a batch of wry, restless tracks from their new EP When in Rome, Carpe Diem. Craig Dermody and co. took to the stage nearly an hour late, just moments before midnight. Nobody in the Tote crowd seemed to mind. The Melbourne-based band were playing on their home ground – and kicking into the wind.
Monique O'Rafferty Last Monday 2 December, Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen brought The Dedicated Tour to The Forum, Melbourne for a sold out show that could only be described as a modern-day disco extravaganza.
Monique O'Rafferty On Sunday 17 November, Sydney alt-rock band Middle Kids returned to The Forum for the Melbourne leg of their New Songs For Old Problems Tour. And boy was I blown away.
Will Minack On Miami Memory—an intimate portrayal of a modern-day relationship—Alex Cameron sheds his skin. He empties out the wardrobe of elaborate costumes he spent years crafting across his first two albums. In place of these characters, Cameron steps into the spotlight as himself, showcasing a skilled ability to write songs with naked sincerity.
Ian Cranfield In early October, Melbourne surf-Rock band The Grogans released their debut album Just What You Want. It’s the album you didn’t know you needed.
Tiia Kelly Although Olsen’s record takes place in the aftermath of a breakup, it resists the typical conventions of a ‘breakup album’. Here, the past is not a source of pain, but a catalyst for reflection. The album does not mourn, so much as it makes peace.
Monique O’Rafferty There is nothing like seeing an artist perform live in their hometown, and pop-icon Troye Sivan was no exception. On Wednesday 25 September, Troye performed a sold-out show to 7,000 adoring fans at Margaret Court Arena. And boy did he blow us all away! Only one song into his set, Troye was already pulling out his signature dance moves: hip thrusts, body rolls and slut drops!
Alana Bolger “Shout out to all the big butts, the small ones, the medium ones” shouts Doja to the crowd. Doja is aware of her presence - she knows what she's doing and isn't afraid to sell it. She clearly doesn't let any ideas of what a rapper ‘should’ be - or what a ‘female rapper’ should be - dictate any aspect of her image or output.
Ian Cranfield Two years after their sophomore release, Nothing Yet, Surf Curse have yet again created another soundtrack for sad boys and girls. This “coming of age epic” features track titles inspired by cult films they’ve cherished throughout their young adult lives.
Monique O'Rafferty When I first saw that LANY was bringing their World Tour to Margaret Court Arena on July 19, I wasn’t really sure whether I wanted to buy tickets. Was I really prepared to be moshing amongst a sea of children, covered in the superfluid of teens—a mix of sweat, tears and cheap vodka smuggled into the area in yoghurt pouches?