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EP Highlights: Vessel by The Kite String Tangle

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Artist: The Kite String Tangle
Album: Vessel
Hometown: Brisbane
Genre: Electronica

On this lazy and very rainy Sunday, there’s nothing more simple or beautiful than listening to the oscillating notes of Brisbane producer Danny Harley (aka The Kite String Tangle). His debut six-track EP is a collection of pensive exploration into love, human connection and letting go.

Harley has certainly started developing his voice in this EP, presenting trembling rhythms and swells throughout the songs that work like a musical filter to create a consistent, powerful sound. His vocals fill gaps and create a connection that keeps the listener engaged.

Looking past his already-successful singles, a particular highlight in Vessel is the development of beats and use of African drum samples in “What If”. You can detect the growth in his song writing in this track from his earlier singles.

 

Though developing his own signature sound, there are some interesting influences coming into play. “Words” feels very Oliver Tank, pulling everything back a notch and allowing gentle reflection. “Stone Cold” features a Kimbra-esque vocal appearance from Tiana Khasi which brings nice diversity to the EP.

 

There’s always been something particularly special about TKST that we’ve held close here at Vinyl Garden, and what this EP really brings home for us is the sheer feeling that goes into his music. The work seems to be an extension of his heart – incredibly emotionally-driven both melodically and lyrically, expressing great depth so early in his career.

By Erin Rooney

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Someone Thinks Our Blog is Lovely!

As an unexpected surprise this month, the lovely Jessie from What Jessie Read has nominated us for the One Lovely Blog Award on her blog and we are very excited to get on board the nomination train to show our appreciation for our fellow music bloggers! The rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers.
  4. Notify the nominees that you have done so.
  5. Put the logo of the award on your blog site.

7 Facts about Sophie and Erin:

  • During exam period at uni, Erin lives on pasta with sausages and tomato based sauce
  • Sophie has a sneezing fit on the daily
  • Erin knows how to solve a Rubik’s cube (her PB is 50 seconds)
  • Sophie is secretly an ace skiier and hasn’t missed a snow season for 17 years
  • Erin’s life goal is to write a graphic novel, and going to Comic Con makes her year complete
  • Sophie is obsessed with reality TV (think Made in Chelsea and The Bachelor)
  • Sophie and Erin have a very similar music taste, except on the topic of Beyoncé (Sophie: “BEYONCE RULES!”, Erin: “…No.”)

Nominations:

These are our top picks here at Vinyl Garden (in no particular order):

  1. One a day
  2. Scientists of Sound
  3. Crack in the Road
  4. Sound Doctrine
  5. Esau
  6. Cruel Rhythm 
  7. The Loop
  8. When I Heard You
  9. Nordic by Nature
  10. Music between Friends
  11. Getting Deeper
  12. Friends with both arms
  13. West Coast Fix
  14. AFTR DRK
  15. Sirens of Decay

Thanks again for the nomination Jessie and we hope you enjoy exploring some of our favourite blogs!

By Sophie and Erin xx

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Artists we love: Hozier

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!

Listen here: 

By Sophie Henry

-Thanks to Brooke Kelly for the suggestion!

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Farewell Bluejuice, No Vitriol Here

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After 13 years of producing loud, ecstatic indie rock, Sydney group Bluejuice announced that they will be breaking up at the end of this year.

I have fond memories of shouting along to their lyrics and jumping around to their songs in my room as a teenager, blasting their tunes in the car on Triple J and seeing them absolutely kill it at ANU O-Week this year.

Bluejuice lighting up the stage

Bluejuice lighting up the stage

So we at Vinyl Garden wish Bluejuice all the best and encourage all readers and fellow fans to head along to their Retrospectable Tour, which will accompany a retrospective album!

Here’s to their stellar contribution to the Australian music scene, and to reminding everyone to Act Yr Age!

By Erin Rooney

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Album of the Week: Land of Pleasure by Sticky Fingers

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Artist: Sticky Fingers
Album: Land of Pleasure
Hometown: Sydney
Genre: Indie Rock/Reggae Rock

With two tasty singles under their belt this year already, Sticky Fingers have stirred a melting pot of influences together to produce a rugged yet astoundingly catchy reggae-rock sound on this confident second album.

The opener, ‘Land Of Pleasure’, emits a coaxing cry without giving away too much of their game, as the song is barely a glimpse of the versatility that Sticky Fingers are capable of. Tied together by the echoing Aussie twang of Dylan Frost’s vocals, the songs dance between styles, from the heavy reggae beats of ‘Fake A Smile’ to silkier glories like ‘Rum Rage’. In the process of listening to this album, ‘Feast Your Eyes’ has also earned me my fair share of stares on morning runs with its irresistibly danceable beat.

While most of the album will put pep in your step, Land Of Pleasure isn’t without its lower points. The record is perhaps one or two tracks too long, and the newer songs fail to convey the same effortlessness of singles ‘Gold Snafu’ and ‘Just For You’.

 

This needn’t deter you from listening all the way through, however. There is more than enough variety in the record for everyone, and it provides a wonderful detour from the electronica and indie rock currently dominating the Australian music scene. So prepare for a feast, because this album is finger-lickin’ good.

Land of Pleasure is out now for your listening pleasure. Chill on out by grabbing yourself a copy, go on!

By Erin Rooney