With his luscious vocals and attention grabbing lyrics, Hozier has really made our ears tickle this month at Vinyl Garden and we feel his music deserves a bit of a shout out.
Irish born and bred, Hozier has slowly been gaining more and more international attention in recent times, and for good reason. His voice is handsomely rugged, yet soothing and slightly gospel in technique. His standout track, “Take Me To Church” is a perfect example of the strength of his vocals and song writing talents. We want to see more from Hozier, particularly on Australian turf!
By Sophie Henry
-Thanks to Brooke Kelly for the suggestion!
If you haven’t checked out Icelandic folk acoustic artist Ásgeir yet, then do yourself a favour and get his stunning song “King And Cross” on your current playlist. Right now.
Besides exhibiting that fabled European beauty with his lazy beanie, neat stubble and icy blue eyes (ahem, back on track now Erin), he creates magic with thick harmonies and simple, bright guitar lines. Think a little of the rhythm of Sigur Rós with a touch of echoey vocal stylings like Dustin Tebbutt.
Like what you hear? Just wait till you check out his live sets:
He strikes a nice balance between relaxing yet energising in his music – something that’s often hard to find in the genre!
You can listen to more of Ásgeir’s sweet tunes in his new album In The Silence or catch him on his Australian tour later this year.
By Erin Rooney
Artist: Dustin Tebbutt
Album: Bones EP
Hometown: New England, NSW
Genre: Acoustic Folk
With winter so quickly descending upon us, it only seems appropriate that Dustin Tebbutt release his chilling second EP Bones.
Tebbutt’s two year sojourn in Sweden writing and recording music has already had a large influence on his first EP, Breach, but traces of this trip still seem to have left marks on his work in this record. The glacial album artwork and references to ‘frozen bones’ and ‘wild heart’ point to European winters and experiences of a new place.
But despite these associations with the cold, Dustin Tebbutt’s mellow guitar and whispering voice will warm you to the core. The track “Bones” has been carefully thought out and is a significant listen in this EP.
The album also features a lovely surprise, the reason why you should listen right now – guest artist Oliver Tank remixing Tebbutt’s hit single “Breach”.
“Honest Hands” breathes a further delicacy than the other tracks. It’s like you can feel each stroke of the guitar strings, and Dustin’s voice exhibits a gentle emotional depth with each phrase.
Citing influences such as Sigur Rós and Justin Vernon, Dustin Tebbutt has created a beautiful work with Bones through his tender sound.
Catch Dustin Tebbutt on his intimate Australia wide tour – you can still find tickets to his Brisbane show at the Alhambra Lounge here.
By Erin Rooney