A round up of local releases
With a voice reminiscent of the late Doloris O’Riordan, Perth’s (via Ireland) Fieldsy has more than a hint of Irish folk about her music, and her latest single, You, is no exception. A song in several movements, You, is a plaintive tour-de-force by a songwriter who knows how to emote and has the vocal range to make it all so very real.
Perth’s Gombo are the very definition of the music biz fairy tale, ‘overnight sensation’. Having been in existence for 10 years now, and on hiatus for the last three, they’re back with their debut album, Mu Cephei, a genre defining slab of Nu Prog that doesn’t mind wearing its heart on its sleeve. This album may just singlehandedly make prog rock relevant again in the 2020s.
Award-winning singer songwriter Karin Page released her debut album Walk Away, on 1 November, a reflective collection of ten original songs that represent Page’s thoughts about the world around her. Adept at wrapping hard hitting messages in musical candy, there’s a great deal to like about Page’s songs and performances. This debut will excite audiences where ever they hear it.
Ever lost a job because of your age? In ‘Dear Sir/Madam’, Kelea puts to music quotes from an emotionless, corporate letter of rejection addressed to an unsuccessful mature-age candidate. It’s a beautiful and heartfelt song for the rejected masses that uses a slide guitar motif and minor key changes to channel the feeling of dejection. Held together by Kelea’s crystal clear voice, this should be a successful application for a long career in music.
POND release live studio album, Sessions, on 8 November. Recorded in the European spring during their tour earlier this year, Sessions is the band’s attempt to capture how they have been playing live lately. Singer, Jay Watson, said of the release. “I always loved listening to my favourite bands ‘Peel Sessions’ and wanted something of our own in that vein. We hope you dig it!”