7 November 2021
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OK, let’s get the important stuff out of the way first: Angie Colman gets points for spelling the title of her latest single correctly, although it may confound people in the US market. Whatever. Integrity is everything. As for the music, ‘Maths’ is the first single Colman has recorded with her band and, um, wow! It’s quite something. First there’s Colman’s voice. She has power, range, subtlety and a catch in her vocals that should, someday, hopefully soon, see her melting the hearts of millions. Even so early in her career, it’s plain that Colman is destined for greatness with a voice like that. And then there’s the music. It croons and underscores Colman’s vocals with beautiful restraint, always knowing where to insert itself but never overstaying its welcome. In short, this is some band Colman has assembled. Oh, that slide guitar! The overall effect is a spacious, country-tinged heartbreaker that will not fail to worm its way into your heart. Based on this outing, Colman is company we all should be choosing.
We give ‘Maths’ TFA.
Perth hard rockers, Amberdown, take an excursion into acoustic symphonic rock on new single, Ember’s Song’, with heart rending effect. This is a phones-in-the-air, light-up-the-stadium slow rocker that features Melanie Flynn, front woman with Ashes Of Autumn on guest vocals. And what a pairing it is. Amberdown’s Dan Connell and Flynn are a vocal match made in heaven. Connell wrote ‘Ember’s Song’ a few years ago now about a friend who was fighting cancer. He kept it on the shelf because he didn’t think it fit with Amberdown’s catalogue. How wrong he was. Yes, it’s a departure, but ‘Ember’s Song’ is set to be an Amberdown classic that will be a staple of their live set for years to come. Every time they play it there will not be one single dry eye in the house. Guess you’ll just have to take Mel with you next time you set out to conquer the US, Dan.
We give ‘Ember’s Song’ AFA.
Beks – ‘Devoted – Dubbel Drop Remix’
Rebecca Callander first came to Around The Sound’s attention when she was fronting Sydney band, Rackett. They played a certain brand of pop rock and, fronted by Callander, were hot tips to make it — whatever that means. Always capable of invention and reinvention, the demise of Rackett saw Callander rebrand herself as Beks, turning her talents to creating electronic dance music, her first love. Latest outing, ‘Devoted’ charted at number 3 on the global iTunes Dance Charts and now we have the remix, a collaboration with Aus dance duo, Dubbel Drop. ‘Devoted’ is a late-night banger that would be playing right now in a club somewhere in New York, because it’s that good and that universal in its appeal. We always knew Callander would be a superstar, we just didn’t know it would be as an EDM songwriter and performer. We can live with that and, if you’re so inclined, so will you once you’ve heard what Beks is up to on ‘Devoted’.
We give ‘Devoted’ TFA.
‘Keeping Score’ is the debut single from Fremantle pop-punk outfit, Year Long Drama. An instantly hummable earworm with a chorus that rides its vowels like there’s no tomo-o-o-o-orrow, ‘Keeping Score’ is an instant smash that’ll have everyone who hears it on the radio at work singing along under their breath while dreaming of a better life. Apparently, Year Long Drama came into the world in a house with no windows and doors, so, if they can knock out sunshine like this, there’s still hope for the rest of us. Noice!
We give ‘Keeping Score’ AFA.
‘Keeping Score’ is due for worldwide release on 11 November. Pre save it here.
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