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Tag Archives: 2012

2012 So Far: Essential Albums

This year probably hasn’t quite lived up to the lofty standards of 2011 in terms of album releases yet, but we’ve still seen some real quality and still have much to look forward to in the second half of 2012. Here are my favourite records of the year so far.

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Battleships ‘Your Words’

Sydney four-piece Battleships recently released their second single, Your Words, which is the followup to their debut single In Retrospect, because that’s how chronology works. In Retrospect received a heap of praise and really announced Battleships to the Australian music scene, and Your Words looks set to continue this arrival. It’s four minutes of carefully constructed, intelligent music that grows steadily to a wonderful climax, adding layers of sound one after another to create a brilliantly textured song, before stripping them away with just as much ease.

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Cosmo Jarvis Australian Tour

Cosmo Jarvis has announced that he will be returning to Australia next month, staying in Sydney for two weeks following his arrival on the 23rd of July before visiting Melbourne for instore appearances as well as album launch shows for his latest record ‘Think Bigger’.

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Air Traffic Controller ‘Hurry Hurry’

Air Traffic Controller (previously known as Madhat) are releasing their sophomore album, ‘NORDO’, on June 26th. The music they play is a little hard to describe. It’s power pop music with country leanings; it’s what Matt And Kim would sound like if they came from the South instead of Brooklyn.

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Little Scout ‘Go Quietly’

Brisbane band Little Scout were responsible for one of my favourite albums of 2011, ‘Take Your Light’, and the band have returned with the first taste of what’s to come when they record their second album later this year. The song is called ‘Go Quietly’, and it was written with The John Steel Singers’ Scott Bromiley and mixed by Lars Stalfors, famous for his work with The Mars Volta.

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