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R&B - Verschenen op 12 november 2021 | ATO (UK)

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R&B - Verschenen op 31 augustus 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 25 juni 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Something interesting happened to Australian band the Murlocs as they neared the end of their first decade together. Thanks to the double-gut punch of tragedy and reality, they grew up a little, and the result of this maturity can be heard on 2021's Bittersweet Demons. Until this record, the band -- fronted by King Gizzard's Ambrose Kenny-Smith and made up of members of ORB, Crepes, and Beans -- were content to bash out rambling garage rock tunes punctuated by Smith's harmonica and loads of youthful enthusiasm. This album is more introspective and restrained, with many songs that amble along at a leisurely country-rock pace. For the first time, Kenny-Smith and the band wrote most of the songs on piano and there is a stately singer/songwriter feel to much of it. The title track has a gentle lilt and tender sentiments that revolve around the death of a close friend, "Eating at You" has a shaggy, Band-like feel as the keys, slide guitar, and harmonica deliver a down under take on Americana, and "Skewhiff" rolls along with a wobbly, Dylan-esque feel. Kenny-Smith sounds at home singing these kinds of introspective ballads and the band has the light touch required to put them over with some gentle emotional punch. Paired with these quieter moments -- and songs like the swaying "Skyrocket" that dial the speed down a notch but not quite to ballad level -- the rockers that make up the rest of the album really pop. "Francesca" bursts out of the gate like a horse with no rider, "Illuminate the Shade" melds washes of organ with biting guitars and a yelped Kenny-Smith vocal, and "Blue Eyed Runner" struts like mid-period Stones, only without any manly swagger. The blend of thoughtful ballads, melancholy midtempo janglers, and nimble uptempo tracks is something different for the band, but they definitely prove up to the challenge. Bittersweet Demons feels like the group's first album that isn't just a lark made during downtime stolen from other bands. Now the Murlocs come across like a real band looking to make something meaningful, both to them and to the listener, and in that regard, the album is a total success. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 18 juni 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 2 juni 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 20 mei 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 17 mei 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 19 april 2021 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 15 mei 2020 | ATO (UK)

Amid scattered featured appearances made between the 2017 and 2020 release dates of Green Twins and Will This Make Me Good, Nick Hakim also recorded a split collaborative single with his associates in Onyx Collective. He was the headliner on the A-side, "Vincent Tyler," an uneasy if driving ballad about discovering a slain body. The song reappears on the second album from the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in a very different shape, stretched out with a backmasking effect as a percussive accent to a muffled bass drum thud, augmented by a new vocal that's almost vaporous. The reconfiguration is a slightly exaggerated way of exemplifying how Will This Make Me Good feels more surreal, fraught, and turbulent than Green Twins. In the title song, Hakim's agitation simmers through the first few minutes and boils over when he insists with a howl, "But don't give in to a master plan/Burn it down, lock that shit up in flames." "Drum Thing," far more complex and ornamented than the title implies, finds Hakim in a crazed state, delivering a screaming, stream-of-consciousness rant that escalates from boastful to combative to lustful, and signs off with "What's the use?" As in "Vincent Tyler," real-life loss informs "Qadir," a slowly rolling dedication to a late friend. It's a plea to maintain soul-to-soul connections as much as an elegy, with Pink Siifu and We Are King's Paris Strother among many voices in a swirling, acid mix that recalls early Funkadelic. Respite from death and other forms of anguished imagery -- aimless lost souls, dwindling hope, sleeplessness -- is rare. There's no way out, but Hakim provides consolation that is flavorful and tripped-out. Moreover, it's a little reassuring that he's able to flash some of his pitch-black, bone-dry sense of humor. The first two lines of "Crumpy" in particular should not be missed. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 12 mei 2020 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 21 april 2020 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | ATO (UK)

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"I've always said that all of our records are political but..that 'politics is personal,'" Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood has stated of the band's 12th release. "With that in mind, this album is especially personal.” Every blight on the current American landscape is name-checked, from immigrant mistreatment ("Babies in Cages") to incels ("Grievance Merchants") to the hopelessness of mass shootings ("Thoughts and Prayers"). "21st Century USA" is a list of modern-day devastations: pay-day loans, wage inequality, credit-card debt, evangelical hypocrisy, pain pills. "With Big Brother watching me always, why must I always feel so alone," the lyrics intone over an amiable country-rock beat. The bleak portraits are often set against Americana sounds that recall Uncle Tupelo's heartland fervor ("Slow Ride Argument"), Springsteen's red-blooded rock 'n' roll ("Armageddon's Back in Town") and "Murmur"-era REM's earnest twang ("Thoughts and Prayers"). Appropriately, on "Heroin Again," a fed-up lament of the current opioid epidemic that echoes the drug damage of the '90s, the bass stomps and guitar chugs like a lost grunge anthem. The Unraveling isn't the feel-good album of the year, but it sure does sound good. © Shelly Ridenour / Qobuz
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R&B - Verschenen op 17 januari 2020 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 14 januari 2020 | ATO (UK)

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R&B - Verschenen op 8 januari 2020 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 20 november 2019 | ATO (UK)

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 29 oktober 2019 | ATO (UK)

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