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In Short: Abbe May ‘Design Desire’

The cover of Perth-based singer/songwriter Abbe May’s third album ‘Design Desire’ is a fitting representation of her music, which is something of a convergence between raw sexuality and a dark, brooding atmosphere. She’s certainly not the first person to attempt this deliberately provocative style, but in the album’s finer moments she pulls it off pretty well.

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In Short: The Submarines ‘Love Notes/Letter Bombs’

Quite a few bands are currently struggling to throw off the tag of ‘those guys who had that song in that Apple ad’. LA indie pop group The Submarines however are trying to do likewise to the tag of ‘those guys who had those two songs in those Apple ads’. There are certainly worse problems to have as a band, but the risk of having your music pigeon-holed and dismissed must also be fairly high. In their third album however, ‘Love Notes/Letter Bombs’, The Submarines haven’t gone for any extreme changes but instead have refined the sound of the first two albums into a very strong record that will see them break out from the shadow of the apple once and for all.

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In Short: Grouplove ‘Grouplove’

As Grouplove themselves have said, ‘never trust a happy song’.

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In Short: Daniel Lee Kendall ‘Talk The Night Away’

‘Talk The Night Away’ is a fitting title for Daniel Lee Kendall’s second EP. From the nature of his straight-up folk music to his lyrics and even to the cover liner notes, this is a chatty record.

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In Short: Dirty Gold ‘Roar’

There’s simply nothing not to like about this music, and with Melbourne seemingly descending into an early winter, it might just provide the sounds of summer sun needed to wake you up.

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In Short: Architecture In Helsinki ‘Moment Bends’

By all rights I shouldn’t like this album. But I kind of can’t help it.

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