5 December 2021
Where you can find reviews of local releases and our prestigious single of the week.
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It’s beginning to feel like it’s 1933 all over again around here.
Whoever says you have to get all up in people’s grills to get your point across was wrong. You can change the world just as effectively, if not more so, with a slinky slice of urban grooving R&B. You know, the iron fist in the velvet glove approach. That’s what Perth’s Ruby May is doing on her latest single, ‘Mr Platonic’, lulling is into a false sense of wellbeing with a song that’s built around a persistent three-note hook played on…is that the recorder? Kudos just for that if it is. I so want it to be. Sorry, got distracted by the groove, the vocals that sit just behind the trippy beat, subtle but ever so strong. And the layers, oh the layers in this song! ‘Mr Platonic’ is like a house of mirrors. So, yeah, there’s all of that going on and it’s cocktails by the beach and feel good summer vibes, but all the while May is dropping bombs like, Will you be my best friend to the end / Or are you going to drive me out, out, out?, because ‘Mr Platonic’ is a song about that guy. You know the one. That’s why ‘Mr Platonic’ is single of the week this fortnight, it’s great music, but it’s also just plain great in the this is music that should change the world sense of the word.
We give ‘Mr Platonic’ AFA.
For nigh on two decades, The Butterfly Effect have been one of Australia’s and the world’s preeminent hard rock bands. So, when a new single comes down from their mount, you just got to have a listen don’t you? Yeah, you do. ‘So Tired’ is a complex, multilayered trip that showcases everything about The Butterfly Effect that makes them so revered. It’s got more gears than a supercar, and is just about as slick and exciting. At the heart of ‘So Tired’ is a message about self care that, in these crazy times, is one perhaps we all should heed. See, when Mr Mackey says, “Drugs are bad, m’kay?” or Nancy tells the world to “Just say no,” the messages fall on deaf ears. Who would have thought? But, when The Butterfly Effect try to deafen us into being just a bit kinder to ourselves, there’s half a chance that the people who need the message are going to listen. If you’re already into The Butterfly Effect, you’ll definitely be into ‘So Tired’. If you haven’t climbed aboard their bus yet, this is as good a place as any to alight. ‘So Tired’ has got everything The Butterfly Effect are known for and everything that makes them so damned* good.
*PSA, yes, that is how you fucking spell it!
We give ‘So Tired’ PFA.
After two years in self-imposed exile, probably spending most of their time trying not to die in various disease ridden or violent ways, the only trio in the world that has three front men, Red Engine Caves, is back with new single. As you might expect from these 1970s Aussie boogie merchants, ‘Leadfoot’ is pedal to the metal guitar driven rock. When the song’s not riding on its two chords, there’s plenty of scuzzy six-string riffery, a bass line that’s never going to hide its light under anyone’s bushel and drums that shouldn’t sit on a riser because they belong front of stage. You can’t listen to ‘Leadfoot’ without breaking into a sweat, even if you’re sitting in an ice bath wondering what’s happened to your bits (now there’s a thought), it’s just too hot a song not to have an impact on your limbic system. ‘Leadfoot’ takes you to the edge and then closes out with a primal howl that’ll leave wanting to fight or fly. Welcome back, Red Engine Caves, it’s been a while between drinks. Don’t go wandering off on us again now, the world needs more of what you got.
We give ‘Leadfoot’ TFA,Cs
Rainbow’ is Savanah Solomon’s second single for 2021 and sees this self-declared country woman channelling some of the greats. The song is simple, subtle and high-tensile strong, and has Solomon, the woman and the artist, laying herself bare while she sings about the passing of a dear friend. But she does it without histrionics or overly dramatising what is simply part of life. We need a little rain / To see the sunshine is how Solomon puts it while singing and playing as one with her acoustic guitar and channelling the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King or even our very own Helen Reddy. Do not overlook Solomon just because, for the moment, she’s decided not to have to deal with lead guitarists who just want to noodle. Here is a singer and songwriter for the ages. Here is an artist who will go from strength to strength with or without a band behind her. Watch out world, here comes Savanah Solomon!
We give ‘Rainbow’ CFA.
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