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27 September 2021

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

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May contain traces of anxiety medication. Should be fun! 🙂

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
Grace Sanders – ‘Scrolling’
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The latest single from Grace Sanders, ‘Scrolling’, is a deft and mature foray into modern pop music. Mature and pop are words that don’t often take up space in the same sentence, so let me explain. ‘Scrolling’ is music made for the TikTok generation. It’s the sort of song that aims to introduce a new element around every seven seconds to keep short-attention-span kids engaged. It’s kind of like a sugar-rush approach to making music and, because it’s aimed at (mostly) young(er) people it’s easy to write it off. But, the genius of ‘Scrolling’ is in Sander’s vocals and delivery, which are pure languid R&B that will make plenty sit up and take notice. Sanders has been bubbling away in Perth for a while now doing extraordinarily good things musically, for ever charting her own course and winning a lot of fans along the way. With ‘Scrolling’ she may just make the transition from hometown hero to worldwide superstar.

Savanah Solomon – ‘Rainbow’
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‘Rainbow’ is the second solo single from Perth’s Savanah Solomon. It follows debut single, ‘Lost In Love’, which was released in February this year. By Solomon’s own admission, ‘Rainbow’ has been a long time coming, but it’s been worth every moment of the wait.  Though she damned near took over the world in 2019 with her band, The Strays, Solomon is an artist still at the very earliest stage of her career, particularly as she chose to reset and pretty much start over again. Which is part of what makes ‘Rainbow’ such an exciting listen, because it’s a song that reveals Solomon’s song writing dexterity and points the way forward for an artist who should soon be taking up the number one spot on country music charts the world over. The strength and clarity of ‘Rainbow’, the arrangements and the vocal delivery are reminiscent of the likes of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. That’s the territory, Solomon’s beginning to traverse in this second stanza of her career. Can’t wait to see what she does next.

‘Rainbow’ is due for release worldwide on 1 October. Get ready and follow Savanah Solomon on Spotify here.

Sky Machine – ‘The Ancient Empire’
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Sky Machine would have us believe that they play sci-fi jazz fusion. One of those things I would normally run from as fast as my stubby little legs can carry me, but the sci fi bit intrigued me enough to get me to sit still and have a listen. It was the graphics mostly. Looking a lot like they could have been created by a great grandchild of Roger Dean, they spoke to a time in the distant recesses of my past when I had a taste for bands with far out album covers and excessively long instrumental breaks. Back then, it was called prog rock. What passes for prog these days is often an excuse for being very bad at playing your instruments and covering for the lack of aptitude by just carrying on anyway. Based on their current single, ‘The Ancient Empire’, Sky Machine are neither bad at their instruments, nor playing anything approaching the current definition of prog rock. ‘The Ancient Empire’ is a scintillating musical ride that bounds along at a breathtaking pace and has more movements than a Louis VX carriage clock. There’s definitely what I would recognise as jazz in there, but not enough to make me turn off the record player. If you have to call it that, it’s like I imagine jazz would be played on another planet in another galaxy, fresh, exciting and without pretention. Alongside the jazz are some blasts of what I can only describe as mind altering rock virtuosity. Think Hawkwind with accents of Muse and that’ll take you part way towards what Sky Machine are doing on ‘The Ancient Empire’.  Another one of my peculiarities that nearly undid me when listening, there were no words, but I still thought it was rather brilliant. At this rate I’ll have to be taking another look at Yomi Ship sometime, in the future…

Bambuseae Rhythm Section – ‘Blue June’
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The Bambuseae Rhythm Section are well known around Perth and beyond as more than just party starters. They play the sort of funk soul slammers that keep the party going all night long and are the reason you see booze buses stopping cars on the highway at 10.00 am on a Sunday morning.  Latest single, ‘Blue June’ is no exception. Everything about this song is so smooth and slinky it just makes you want to move. This is music for a good-time island party, the sort of song you fall in love with on holiday and then bring home with you so you can keep on partying through the winter, keep the warmth tucked away inside you until the next time you can cut loose. Bambuseae Rhythm Section are unashamed, universal party instigators. With ‘Blue June’ they do their reputation no harm whatsoever.

Birds Of Tokyo – ‘Superglue (feat. Stand Atlantic)’
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Birds Of Tokyo are a band with enough stature and popularity to divide opinion. Many love them, many don’t. Even before they were announced for the 2021 AFL Grand Final, there was plenty of chatter on social media along the lines of, ‘please no, give the spot to someone new.’  Social media is lovely like that — everyone gets an equal chance to express their opinion, most of them are wrong. Birds Of Tokyo are popular and successful for a reason: they write, record and perform the sort of music a lot of people can relate to. Latest single, ‘Superglue’, which features Sydney’s Stand Atlantic, is no exception. It’s a radio-friendly anthem that starts out simple and then just grows and grows. Ian Kenny’s vocals in the opening movement are achingly vulnerable, tapping into the emptiness that it the theme of ‘Superglue’. Kenny is a vocal maestro and it’s not long before he’s taking us to peaks of emotion as effortlessly as he moves through the gears of his instrument. His voice is as big a part of the Birds of Tokyo’s success story as any other element of this band and ‘Superglue’ is a pleasing reminder of Birds of Tokyo’s prowess. It’s simple, it’s persistent, it’s hooky, it’s polished and it makes you feel. If that’s what it takes to be middle of the road, then I’m there with them every time.

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