Since Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has solidified herself as one of the greatest Australian indie rock artists to date. This week, she delivered once more with Tell Me How You Really Feel. Opposing her first album outlining her own life, Barnett takes a new direction with her second LP, outlining the general human experience through observation of those around her. As a result, Tell Me How You Really Feel is a beautiful recount of the human condition.
Easy living at the Tranquillity Base
A love letter to a lost decade.
Forth Wanders are a New Jersey outfit. The core of their sound builds around the songwriting partnership of guitarist Ben Guterl and vocalist Ave Trilling. Their self-titled second arrives as a record driven by rawness, vocal honesty and lurching catharsis.
Satanic Majesties was different. The Rolling Stones embraced Flower Power’s cloudy romanticism. But just as counterculture’s utopian idealism failed to negate its gritty realities the hippy dream couldn’t nullify The Stones’ menace.
In the whirlwind of the past 18 months, Confidence Man have delivered standout sets at Splendour In The Grass, Falls and the legendary Glastonbury. Debut Confident Music for Confident People consolidates these successes. This group cuts it cool. As band and album title suggest they project confident personas. Self-absorption cast over irresistible rhythm.
Hook filled and endlessly catchy. Coldly cool, but instantly fun.
Flailing about in the playpen of rock’s past, The Ruminaters bring crackpot ambition to their second LP. ‘I’m The Sun That Shines Through Your Mind’ sets the tone. It’s high flying psychedelic rock. A dash of Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake and lysergic Britpop, yet it’s difficult to pin down for long.