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Review: ‘Heartbreak Player’ – President Street

This EP feels rather misplaced in Maverick Country with it’s heavy pop production, but the songwriting is still good. From start to finish the Australian duo’s latest offering is littered with catchy hooks and melodies, from the chorus of ‘I Found Me’ to the pre-chorus of the title track. That’s the stand-out song for me …

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Review: ‘The Impossible Wild’ – The Last Inklings

The Last Inklings, made up of multi-instrumentalists David Hoyland and Leonardo MacKenzie, explore the world of folklore and myths on their debut album ‘The Impossible Wild’. Their storytelling lyrics set to symphonic arrangements are something to be marvelled at. Making use of the Cello and Mandolin to great effect the pair’s sound is unique and …

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Review: ‘Makin Tracks’ – The Outlaw Orchestra

The Outlaw Orchestra have always crafted a unique sound, fusing their love of country music and rock ’n’ roll. ‘Makin Tracks’ expands their scope as well as giving their loyal fans what they know and love. The gravelly tones of Dave’s vocals shine throughout but especially on ‘Done My Time’, the country-rock enthused first single …

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Review: ‘As Long As It’s Not Us’ – Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes

The band create a unique soundscape with their new album; drawing upon their Americana influences they blend this with pop sensibilities, the traditional instrumentation stripped away. However, it is their most personal collection to date as they explore heartbreak, depression and isolation. Despite how that sounds, there are moments of jubilation punctuating the record too …

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Review: ‘Distant Chatter’ – Matthews Baartmans Conspiracy

The duo, made up of singer-songwriter Iain Matthews and guitarist/singer-songwriter/producer  BJ Baartmans, came together to find solace in co-writing during the pandemic. The result is this unique collection of colourful songs. It opens with the gentle tones of ‘Sleepwalking’, the slow, soothing tempo matching the lyrical content, laid-back drums keep it moving forward whilst the …

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Review: ‘Song and Dance Man’ – Eric Devries

The primarily acoustic album from Dutch singer-songwriter Eric Devries is full of passion, humour and in depth storytelling lyrics set to a folky, bluegrass backdrop. Featuring traditional instrumentation, such as banjo and fiddle, Devries tells stories about unrequited love and real people who have resiliently overcome the struggles of everyday life. ‘Jericho Walls’ is a …

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