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Reviews: The Walkmen, Beach House, Exitmusic, Edward Sharpe

In which I briefly summarise four albums I’ve been meaning to review for a while: The Walkmen ‘Heaven’, Beach House ‘Bloom’, Exitmusic ‘Passage’, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros ‘Here’.

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The Walkmen ‘We Can’t Be Beat’

The Walkmen are a seriously busy band, seemingly constantly either touring or recording new material, and sometimes doing both. In keeping with this image the band have been releasing a constant stream of material from their upcoming album ‘Heaven’, which is out on the 29th of this month. The latest of these songs is called ’We Can’t Be Beat’, and it displays a bit of a different side to the outfit, featuring Robin Pecknold on backing vocals and much softer instrumentation than we’re used to hearing from the American band. It’s rather beautiful.

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Sharon Van Etten ‘Serpents’

I’ve been a big fan of American singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten since I was introduced to her music through her collaboration with The National on their track Think You Can Wait. And now it appears that The National are returning the favour, as brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner are among the incredible list of musicians who will make contributions to Sharon Van Etten’s new album, ‘Tramp’, which is due out February 2012. Also on that list is Zach Condon, Julianna Barwick, and The Walkman’s Matt Barrick, among many others. Today we got the first taste of ‘Tramp’, the single ‘Serpents’.

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Harvest Festival Review

To say the shit hit the fan in the leadup to the Melbourne Harvest Festival would be an understatement. We witnessed timetabling problems, the promoter pissing off his headline act, transport dilemmas, sideshow inconsistencies, you name it. However the beauty of a great music festival is that, come the day itself, all the periphery stuff seems to just fade away and all that matters is the music.

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