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24 October 2021

Where you can find reviews of local releases and our prestigious single of the week.

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SINGLE OF THE WEEK
King Ibis – ‘Touch’
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Having been bubbling away in the Perth music scene for a while, King Ibis are a band that should know what they’re all about by now. They play a brand of beautifully angular, energetic pop when they’re doing their thing on stage and it wins them a lot of fans. So, next up in their career should be the defining moment, the breakthrough song that takes them to the next level. And, with new single, ‘Touch’, King Ibis may well have just crossed the threshold that propels them into the pop stratosphere. ‘Touch’ is desirously languid and as smooth as butter. Vocalist, Nadene Burchell, reaches new heights of self possession with her delivery, sounding decidedly comfortable and confident in her aural skin. ‘Touch’ is the culmination of King Ibis’s promise delivered in spades, but it’s never going to be in your face or wear out its welcome. The charm of ‘Touch’ is that it is beautifully restrained. This is a band that know where they’re going and, with new single, ‘Touch’, just how to get there.

We give ‘Touch’ AFA.

Dan Howls  – ‘Bad Blood’
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Dan Howls is everything a bluesman should be — a mysterious globetrotter who may or may not have been to the Crossroads, because when he plays on his guitar he becomes this other worldly person, just ever so slightly possessed. Or is that in possession? Who knows? New single, ‘Bad Blood’, does nothing to diminish Howls’ reputation and everything to enhance it. With a stonking, fuzzed out guitar riff driving it along like a caged animal that’s been pacing way too long, and a vocal delivery that takes Howls’ singing to a whole new dimension, there’s not one bad thing to be said about ‘Bad Blood’. It’s hard, driving, dark-as-fuck blues that gives the lie to the twinkle in its creator’s eye and we just love it.

We give ‘Bad Blood’ TFA.

Mitchell Martin – Stay Out Late EP
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Coming in at six songs, the new EP from Mitchell Martin provides a generous insight into this artist’s talents. On first listen, songs like ‘Be Myself’ sound familiar, like they’re from an FM radio playlist, and none of that nostalgia stuff either, today’s fresh-on-the-charts contemporary pop. That’s the territory Martin is exploring with Stay Out Late — modern chart toppers. But don’t discount him just because his music is radio friendly. Give them a chance, and the six songs on Stay Out Late will become boon companions, confidants and earworms you carry with you through your days, making the humdrum seem just that little bit more bearable.  Martin’s music is immediate and inviting and it gets carried along beautifully on the freshness of his vocals. Listen to Martin’s music and this is a person you immediately want to know more about, if not wrap up in a warm hug, one that you wouldn’t mind him returning, if he felt so inclined, but no pressure, of course. Mitchell Martin is a major talent and the heartfelt bangers on Stay Out Late show exactly why.

We give ‘Stay Out Late’ AFA.

Oceanique – ‘Hiding From You’
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Maddy and Jess, the twins who are Oceanique, recently said in a radio interview that you can’t dance to their music, but you can sway to it. Well, yes, maybe, but there’s nothing at all wrong with the sort of communal swaying that breaks out everywhere Oceanique go. They make the sort of music that heals souls, so they’re just what the world needs right now. New single, ‘Hiding From You’, with its lush harmonies and gentle guitar lines, continues their lineage quite perfectly. It’s a song filled with longing and the weariness of distance travelled. Maddy and Jess have the magic of being able to evoke images of time and place in their music and so it is with ‘Hiding From You.’ As you dig into the texture of the song each rendition of the images they create with their aural tapestry comes into clearer focus. It’s beautiful and you will thank your ears and their collective creative spirit every time you listen.

We give ‘Hiding From You’ TA, because we’d never dare to swear in earshot of Oceanique.

‘Hiding From You’ is due for worldwide release on 29 October.

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