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Album review: Matt Corby // Telluric

Archive, Editors Choice, News, Pop

March 25, 2016

After a couple of years of silence, the Aussie returns with his long-awaited debut album Telluric. And it was a wait worthwhile. Many were hoping that the five EPs he has under his belt, could predict any sort of direction he would take on his debut LP, but if you were hoping for something similar, you’re definitely going to be disappointed.

The meaning of the word Telluric is “an electric current which moves underground or through the sea”. The tempo and feel of the album circles and twirls steadily away, making restrained stops for you to catch your breath before continuing onwards. Current or no current, Matt’s is steering his debut ship in the direction he wants to discover.

“Stood in the corner when we would fight / to act upon a line and hang my shit up out to dry.” He smoothly sings on the soothing and indulgent opening track ‘Belly Side Up’. The slow pace of the record starts here and it doesn’t change much throughout the album.  (I refrain from using the word current again but it’s so cunning and cleverly used by Matt himself.)

There are continuing moments of what appears as ambivalent, but what seem to come effortlessly to Matt might be actually meticulously thought out. We just don’t know, and that’s what makes it exciting. For Mac DeMarco fans and in particular listeners of Salad Days, Telluric would be something to dig into.

Paces are kept at a low and mellow speed, from the choirs and clapping on the simplistic ‘Monday’ to the wholesome psychedelic jazz atmosphere on ‘Sooth Lady Wine’. There is a diary-like form to the songs, representing chapters or emotional difficulties you come across in life. The most lifted and upbeat song of the bunch, is the soulful ‘Why Dream’ where Matt discloses “Just to be like you, but you talk too much to listen / and I want you more, and we are meant to be broken / and I forgive warmly, when you’ve got a change of heart.”

Matt Corby’s voice is something you cannot avoid addressing. From his long-forgotten Australia Idol moments, this man has grown vocally as well as in years. The control he possesses, the way a word can bear one meaning in a song and change in the next is outstanding. He’s far from face amongst the crowd when you hear his voice.

The end of Telluric is where we find the hypnotic ‘Empire Attractions’. He asks, “Something’s got to shape us / Boredom’s going to shape us / something’s got to shake us out of this and save us /how can they save you if they can’t help themselves?” Matt’s got vision and we need not worry about where his vision lies in terms of his music. It’s like he has taken the book of soul music, dusted it off, and left his own notes in the margin.

Article by Flipse Flebo

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Track Review: Bunched Up Letters // The King’s Parade

Archive, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Jazz, Pop

August 8, 2015

With their debut single ‘Bunched Up Letters’, The King’s Parade are becoming a fast favourite of mine. Having scored a residency at the incredible Ronnie Scott’s as well as performing at The Great Escape, Bestival and Reeperbhan Festival and on their own UK tour, frontman Olly Corpe and his fellow band members are clearly determined, and deservedly so, to make us all well aware of their soaring talent. The London-based four piece combine accomplished songwriting and catchy, chilled melodies with a jazzy, blues undertone in their first release, a singular track that will be making its way into many a music collection after just one listen.

Corpe’s vocals are toffee-smooth, accentuated beautifully by precise harmonies. Echoes of Hozier and George Ezra peep through, but his voice is most certainly all his own. The musical and instrumental arrangement is boisterous but wonderfully, melodically slick, and strikingly unique. The King’s Parade have a perfectly crafted track in ‘Bunched Up Letters’; each element locks in to the next with perfect subtlety, and something unforgettable is formed.

Article by Amie Bailey

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Sophie Coran Gives Us The Best With “Better” EP

Archive, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Singer/Songwriter

July 10, 2015

Smooth, beautiful and soulful are only a small selection of the words I could come up with to describe “Better” – the first EP released by London based singer Sophie Coran.

The four track EP released in June of this year is nothing short of art and the woman behind it is nothing short of an artist herself. I was astounded by the stories she was able to portray through her lyrics and was enchanted by the fluidity of the tracks as well. Sophie’s talent of course has not gone unnoticed; in 2014 she received the Shure Songwriting award and clearly her talent has not let up since then. Her talent does not stop there of course, Coran is also a classical pianist who gradated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2012 and also spent a year studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Better is something that this EP does not need to be. Each song made me feel something different and each were relatable to me as a listener. The overall sound of the EP was very mellow and relaxing, jazzy at some points, cute and romantic in others and in the song “Out of Focus” even a little bit sexy. “Tell Me”, tells a pretty familiar story for everyone, the worry and confusion of whether or not someone feels the same for you, and it does it in the sweetest melody possible. “One Way Ticket” starts to show the Coran’s jazzy side and is a great song about trying to find yourself. “Better” is also on the jazzy side and it my goodness is it great! It also sends an amazing message to love yourself because everything will eventually work out.

If you’re looking for something on the alternative side with a little something “Better” than you’re used to, look no further that Sophie Coran. You can listen to her EP now on SoundCloud and Spotify, you can also purchase the EP on Bandcamp and iTunes! Go out and support this soulful lady because she sure deserves it!

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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Album Review: Kamasi Washington // The Epic

Archive, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Jazz

July 1, 2015

Jazz is an interesting genre. It’s lack of accessibility means that, although it’s musicians have always been highly regarded, it has never had much of a grasp on the mainstream. Unfortunately this means that even talented artists remain largely unheard by the masses. But once in a while the public will recognise a truly great talent; whether it be in the form of Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Charles Mingus.

And so now in 2015, out of the mystic shadows of the realms of Jazz comes Kamasi Washington. Here is an artist so original, so exciting and so beautifully strange in his approach to music that his talent could scarcely be unrecognized for long. Washington, a tenor saxophonist, has been known as a contributing musician for a number of acts in recent years including Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock and even Kendrick Lamar. But it was this year’s breakthrough album ‘The Epic’ that has garnered him some well deserved attention.

At its core, this album is Jazz. But is also so much more. His band consists of trumpet, trombone, bass, keyboards, percussion, saxophone, piano, and two – yes- two drummers. Together they journey into uncharted sonic territory, pushing the boundaries of what contemporary music can be. The result? An almost extra-terrestrial sound; impassioned and atmospheric. The haunting backing vocal tracks found on songs like the opening ‘Change Of The Guard’ sound as though they’ve been plucked from the soundtrack of a 70s science-fiction film.

Although the album can be described as a well-balanced whole, the tracks themselves range quite drastically. Sometimes fierce and urgent, like ‘The Magnificent 7’; sometimes slow and soft like the dreamy ‘Seven prayers’. Other tracks aim to incorporate different genres altogether such as ‘Re-Run Home’ which begins with a Funk driven groove. It is here that his use of two drummers really comes alive as they become caught in the throws of frantic games of cat and mouse. You can also find elements of Soul, like in the easy-going ‘Cherokee’ which is one of only a handful that utilizes vocals as a major part of the song.

‘The Epic’ could not be more aptly named. It is a true assault on every one of your unsuspecting senses. Clocking in at a little under three hours, this behemoth is split into three volumes; ‘The Plan’, ‘The Glorious Tale’, and ‘The Historic Reception’. As an artistic project it is close to flawless; at some points smooth and sensual, at others, erratic and abrasive. This album gives the listener everything and is not a venture to be taken lightly. So if it’s an experience you’re after, take three hours from your life, put on a selection of great music and witness a journey like no other.

By Edward Acheson

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