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Song of the Week: No One Ft. Thelma Plum by Golden Feature

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Our top track this week comes from Sydney based newbie Golden Features. Breaking onto the scene early last year, Golden Features brings a fresh sound to the Australian dance music scene.

This song is is chill enough to be relaxing, but catchy enough to make you want to hit the dance floor, so basically it is perfect for all occasions and mood swings. Additionally, Thelma Plum’s killer vocals are irresistible and blend perfectly with the interesting and sophisticated production.

Check it out:

If you like what you hear, Golden Features is releasing his new EP- XXIV June 19th and touring nationally in July, so be sure to add these dates to your calendar!

By Sophie Henry

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Music Video Highlights: Some Minds by Flume

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With his unsurprisingly kick ass track ‘Some Minds’ debuting today, Flume has hit another home run for Australian music with this shady tune featuring vocals and lyrics by Miike Snow‘s Andrew Wyatt.

More importantly though, Flume has released this epic music video for ‘Some Minds’ featuring three of our favourite things: Sydney, visually pleasing content and Flume (of course). This spectacle of stunning Opera house visuals and chaotic computer edited dance routines is on point. Director Clemens Habicht has brought his A Game and we are very impressed, giving it the title of Music Video of the Week!

Check it out here and let us know what you think!

By Sophie Henry

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Father’s Day Gig Review: Bob Dylan

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As a break from the fast-paced, often fleeting world of new music, it is incredibly humbling to watch a master at work – particularly someone with a career as influential and long-spanning as Bob Dylan. And luckily for Sydney, the decorative walls of The State Theatre hosted a stunning performance from him on Friday.

At 73 years old, having actively created music for over 50 years, Dylan has had to adjust his style to suit his increasingly gravelly voice, emphasising the rhythm and texture of the songs rather than melody and articulation. This took some adjusting to – the audience had to lean closer to understand his murmured, coarse lyrics, and the arrangements of some of his more well-known songs bordered on experimental.

However once everyone had adjusted to this different sound, it was much easier to appreciate the performance. The common texture his voice provided added depth to the soothing slide guitar sound and dancing electric guitar riffs, particularly evident in his performances of “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Tangled up in Blue”. His almost ‘speak-singing’ style brought to mind Mark Knopfler’s approach for the Dire Straits.

But it was only when Dylan pulled out his harmonica that the audience truly revelled and were transported to the honky tonks of Nashville. Looking around, people closed their eyes and leant on each other to soak it in the country feel.

Bob Dylan at the State Theatre

Bob Dylan at the State Theatre

Leading up to his encore, the crowd got out of their chairs and broke down the feeling of a barrier between Dylan and the rest of the theatre, forming a small mosh in front of the stage. He left us with a playful rendition of “Blowing in the Wind” that rounded off the performance of new and old songs well.

Bob Dylan proved that he’s still got it after so many years of making such iconic music and took a new approach to his old songs and stories, pleasing the mixed crowd of fans new and old alike.

By Erin Rooney

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Artists We Love: Yoke

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This week a standout group from the Sydney music scene, with their freshly released single ‘Burden’ and soon to be released EP ‘Jabiluka’ are the Indie Pop trio, Yoke.

Corin Ileto, Julian Boswell, and Kyle Linahan, the three members of the group offer up a cool and rather modern sound that also draws upon some of the best bits of the 80’s and 90’s to create a rather nostalgic yet current pop approach. ‘Burden’ is their only release so far, but it gives an exciting taste of what they have to offer and what to expect from them in the future.  Kyle Linahan’s vocal strength really is a stand out, his sound is interesting and has been perfectly mixed with the more subtle yet supportive instrumentals. The music video for ‘Burden’ is really quite beautiful, but also a bit edgy, featuring some of Sydney’s more grungy cityscapes, and perfectly reflecting the urban yet clean image and sound of the group.

This Saturday be sure to check out Yoke at FBi Social, undertaking their first ever public performance featuring tracks off their new record ‘Jabiluka’. Their EP, which was recorded with Nik Kaloper from The Jezabels, is due to be released in September this year.

 

By Sophie Henry

 

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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.

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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

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Gig Review: RY X + Little May

Heading down the dimly lit stairs of the Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday night, I had no idea at all what to expect from the night ahead. The crowd consisted of a mixture of Sydney’s finest hipsters and music gurus and the atmosphere was calm, collected and slightly electric.

RY X (Ry Cumming), the man I had come to see, is an Australian musician who left the country over ten years ago to pursue his artistic dreams, never looking back and until now never coming back. Since leaving Australia he has based himself between LA and Berlin, growing his music and gaining influence from these incredible artistic hubs.

The night began with support act Little May showing off their incredible vocal, instrumental and lyrical abilities, every song captured my attention and kept the audience enticed. The harmonising of the vocalists was a sure highlight, and of course who doesn’t love a bit of girl power.

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As the curtains closed to prepare for the main act, the room begin to fill up and the smell of incense took over, creating a chilled out atmosphere. As RY X has only properly released four tracks, there was really no certainty as to what sort of show he would put on, but as soon as the curtains opened, with the haunting display of candles and incredible back lighting, I knew I was in for a treat.

As Ry emerged onto the stage, looking like a beautifully mismatched scarecrow, the music slowly began and his raw yet powerful voice took over. With the slow beats of the drum thumping across the room, the music really did take control in a rather mesmerising manner. Throughout the show he spoke about the artistic approach he takes with his music and the importance of allowing for simple sounds to grow and create magnificent works, and the importance of this truly came across in his performance. In addition to this, his obvious pleasure at being back in Australia was evident, with him saying “thank you for coming” at every opportunity, only making the crowd love him more. Highlights came from his performances of ‘Berlin’ and ‘Shortline’ with their calming qualities and emotive abilities.

Although RY X has already left Australian turf, and who knows when he will be back, his musical presence is most definitely growing in the industry and he truly is one to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Check out his track ‘Berlin’ to get a taste:

By Sophie Henry