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2:54 – 2:54

UK sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow taught themselves how to play the guitar when they were teenagers. They’ve since recorded a bunch of songs under a name that may or may not mean anything. Maybe 2:54 was the exact time that they decided coming up with a proper band name was too hard and just said, “Fuck it”.

After a flurry of praise for their Scarlet EP, the Thurlow sisters’ self-titled debut is brooding, dark, dreamy, haunting. These are the words I am using to describe this album because writing music reviews is hard. Fuck it.

Artist: 2:54
Album: 2:54
Label: Fiction

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*previously published in Rip It Up issue #1204

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Opossom – Electric Hawaii

If you were to take the DIY aesthetic of any lo-fi buzzband circa 2009-2010, jam it in a blender with Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and proceed to garnish the chunky froth it spat out with a sliver of The Flaming Lips, you would have New Zealand’s Opossom.

Despite the intended (and assumed) deliciousness, their debut album, Electric Hawaii is a bore. The only time my ears perked up was when I mistook track five as The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) by David Seville and those kooky anthropomorphic striped squirrels.

Artist: Opossom
Album: Electric Hawaii
Label: Create/Control

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Yourself In Peace – Yourself In Peace EP

During my time at college I had a somewhat spotty track record in regards to the people I lived with. My first roommate was a chronic masturbator. My second roommate liked to get stoned and make grilled cheese sandwiches on his George Foreman Grill at 4am.

Thankfully, instead of being disgusted by each other’s lack of personal hygiene, the duo behind Yourself In Peace discovered a mutual appreciation for dreamy pop while studying in LA.

Their self-titled debut EP features ethereal hushed vocals against a backdrop of hazy beats and sparse electronic flourishes. Justin Corral and Westley Ulit have said that they “essentially make beats and whine over them.” In my opinion, they’re selling themselves a bit short.

Artist: Yourself In Peace
Album: Yourself In Peace EP
Label: independent

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Blanche DuBois – Young Heart

Perth duo Blanche DuBois’ new album, Young Heart, is like a more sophisticated take on “Part Of Me” by Katy Perry. The record is full of harrowing tales of heartbreak, regret and past mistakes.

Young Heart is all about trying to make sense of your life once you reach middle age and you realise that no one really cares about your Twitter account, or your News Feed, or your Tumblr. It’s an album for people who have gone through life with a sense of entitlement and have finally realised that they don’t inherently deserve anything. Life’s a bitch, huh?

Artist: Blanche DuBois
Album: Young Heart
Label: Streetcar Productions

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