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Half Moon Run

Half Moon Run

Indie folksters Half Moon Run seem to attract good press where ever they go. Unsurprisingly for the Montreal trio the same thing seems to be unfolding here in Australia. After playing Woodford, Peats Ridge and a string of smaller gigs up and down the coast  it’s easy to understand why The NME called Half Moon Run “one of the most important bands débuting an album this year.”

Their minimal but textured sound fizzes and bubbles under serene melodies and heart crunching lyrics; often rising to surface of their live shows adding to the much talked about buzz.

Sydney folk can catch Half Moon Run this week playing at The Standard. Which is, by the way, an awesome venue space in Surry Hills!

Check out their Band Camp page for details of their upcoming début Dark Eyes out soon

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Avaberee. A vast brilliance of harmony and sound await your lil’ ears with the brand new single from the Brisbane based songstresses.  Lover of Mine is full of a honey glazed goodness that will sooth your musical soul with its song. These girls are amazing. Treat your head right and download a copy of their brand new single today. Your pocket will love you for it too as it’s available for free over on their Unearthed site.

The girls are working with Matthew Redlich (Ball Park Music, Emma Louise) to produce their forthcoming EP due for release in 2013. With plenty of clips on YouTube, including possible the Dizzee Rascal  cover ever, there’s plenty more to explore ahead of that release. Stay up to date with the band by hitting like on their FB page… or stay tuned to the WoS where we’ll be keeping an eye on this musical treat.

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Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't

Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

Jans Lekman has been bubbling around in the background of consciousness for some time after his music was recommended to me by a friend, much cooler and on the pulse, than myself. His perfectly crafted, super literal lyrics, appealed to my sense of twee and love of artists such as Belle & Sebastian and Laura Marling.  Best example of one such track is the aptly titled I’m leaving you beacuse I don’t love you’. It’s a no messing simplicity that provides one of the happiest post break up songs you could ever wish for.

This mesmerising – tell it like it is – attitude permeates his new single. Note the verse that starts, as so many wedding proposals in Bondi seem to: “So let’s get married, I’m serious, but only for the citizenship, I’ve always liked the idea of it”… Turns out Lekman moved to Australia to escape a break up in his homeland Sweden and faced with the looming deadline for a permanent visa popped the question to his best friend. (We’ve all been there!)

Jens Lekman new single ‘I Know What Love Isn’t‘ is the lead track from his first album in 4 years. It’s released this September on Secretly Canadian records. It is sure to be both hilarious and mesmerising

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Ross Henry

Ross Henry

Having settled in Sydney’s inner west Ross Henry is a Brit abroad who’s bringing more to this country than your average pom. Unlike most of us* who seem content with sitting around on Bondi’s beach getting as sun burnt as possible Ross Henry spends his days writing and producing music from his humble home studio ingeniously put together using secondhand mics and strange spaces to produce a sound that is as warm, as it is inviting. With In Fields, his latest EP Ross Henry delivers a solid folk album, full of intrigue and imagination.

Thanks to the lovely people of Maths & Magic and the power of email we caught up for a little Q&A to find out more about this folk playing fella.

Hey Ross, what was it that took you from sunny southwest England to the inner west?

I guess I like seeing what’s over the hill. It’s a good thing to do something new or put yourself in a fresh context, you’ll always gain a lot from it. I discovered the inner west upon my first shift at the Enmore theater. It seemed lot more interesting than where I first arrived in Botany, wasn’t a great deal going on there.

Did the move impact the music you make and the inspirations for it?

Well I’ve been studying music for the last few years, that in itself has helped me develop as a producer. In a way I see my music more like little experiments. I love playing with new elements and ideas even more so now. I aspire to just keep learning and developing and that hasn’t changed, oh and to pay the bills with my music would be amazing!

Can you tell us about your recording methods used for your EP: In Fields?

I bought a couple cheap secondhand mics, decked out my state of the art studio (cupboard) with some very basic sound proofing and spent two weeks recording and mixing. I used lots of overdubs and close miked everything. I see each release as a bread crumb in my development so it’s interesting to listen back to the tracks. Despite enjoying the outcome of recording this way, I missed the stripped down performance, so I’ve included live sessions in the EP too.

So what’s it all about? Is there a musical theme that runs through the EP?

I’m a big fan of melody, small vs big dynamics (especially when I play live) and subtly odd rhythm. All of which seem apparent within In Fields. I s’pose it’s a little story about wanting something that isn’t there. I like the live recording best, it’s got more energy, a more organic raw feel.

What’s next for you & the EP (news/tour dates etc?)

I just finished up a few gigs recently in the inner west and I’ll be free from the shackles of education come August. Soon I’ll be locking in more Sydney (and hopefully Melbourne) dates for September/October. I’m also pretty excited about a few electronic/interactive elements that are sneaking their way into my sets. On with the experiments!

Spend a little time to get to more about this guy through his music below and I promise you’ll enjoy what you hear. 

*when I said ‘most of us’ I just meant me…

If you like Ross Henry – You might like First Aid Kit

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Tigertown - Witches & Lions

Tigertown – Witches & Lions

Sydney six piece Tigertown are heading back on the road, bringing their enchanting blend of folk pop to a venue near you soon. Having already built on the successes of last year that saw Tigertown support the likes of Matt Corby & Emma Louise the band look set to make 2012 a year to remember.

Armed with a new management team in the form of Rowan Brand and Catherine Haridy (Eskimo Joe) and publicity from Mucho Bravado the band have just released a stunning new single Witches & Lions with a follow up EP scheduled for release imminently.

To celebrate these activities Tigertown are embarking on the ‘Age of Winter’ tour delivering their compelling live shows, full of magical harmonies and heartfelt lyrics to a string of cosy venues up and down the East coast. Witches & Lions is a strong return to scene and a signifier of what we can expect form the EP.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band play live a few times, not forgetting the live set they played for us on Bondi FM, and they never disappoint. Sydneysiders should come along to the Hibernian House on 21st June for a magical musical experience that will not be forgotten.

Full tour dates below the Witches & Lions clip:

  • Sunday 10th June – The Queen’s Wharf, Newcastle
  • Thursday 14th June – Ed Castle, Adelaide
  • Saturday 16th June – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda
  • Sunday 17th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne
  • Thursday 21st June – Hibernian House, Sydney
  • Sunday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

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To celebrate the impending, any minute now, release of a brand new Charlie Mayfair EP, Fall In Time,  I’ve handed control of the humble Walk of Shame blog post to to the band themselves. Hailing from Brisbane this chilled out, laid back, 5 way collection of awesomeness, have laid bare the influences and thought process behind the music that makes up their latest EP.


Charlie Mayfair - Fall in Time

Charlie Mayfair – Fall in Time

Hey guys, Charlie Mayfair here. It’s been a whirlwind two years, full of gigs with The Panics, Emma Louise, Ball Park Music, Owl Eyes, Husky, Old Man River and performances at Sunset Sounds in Brisbane and at Woodford.  We’ve just released our latest single ‘Waste Me and it’s a bit of a change of pace from our folk-inspired first release Watch My Hands which we released back in 2010, so without much further ado, here are four albums that help tell the story of the journey leading up to our brand-spanking new EP…

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New Music - Siobhan

Siobhan - Soldier Heart

The warmth from of Soldier Heart reaches you the second you hit play. It was so good I listened to it twice in one sitting.

A copy of the debut album from Melbourne singer songwriter Siobhan was waiting for me after a gruelling 24hr flight from the UK. The CD arrived unexpected and unannounced, without any notation or fanfare. It’s a good looking CD with some cool cover art and a card from those nice people at Maths and Magic, a PR company that you can trust for quality folk music.

Right from the outset the music that enveloped the house soothed and warmed my soul, healing the parts of the body that tea alone can’t reach. Simple folk structures with solid guitar playing and light piano accompaniment gently shimmer through the way dappled light plays under a tree.

Confessional lyrics, voiced by Siobhan’s almost husky vocals give way to some brilliant musical arrangements. It’s easy to listen to to, without being easy listening. It can be a little obvious at times but it only adds to the familiarity, which in turn, adds to the warmth of Soldier Heart. Listening to this record is like listening to the tales from an old friend. The album is available in May and can be streamed via Soundcloud below. For those of you in Melbourne head The Toff in Town on the 23rd May to catch the Album launch. I’ll be playing tracks on the show this weekend on Bondi FM and more details are available here.

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