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Falloe – Falloe

The press release for Melbourne-based band Falloe playfully quips that it’s members “got into music for free booze and women, but have had limited success in both”. Maybe their haircuts are keeping the ladies at bay. Beards-a-plenty, dreadlocks thicker than those sported by the Predator and one member boasting what can only be described as “Weird Al Yankovich” hair, these guys need a barber. Stat.

Hairy follicle follies aside, the self-titled second album from Falloe is rather enjoyable. Woozy slide guitars and hushed vocal harmonies make ballads poignant without being sappy and the folk-tinged rockers make me want to get drunk with “salt-of-the-earth” types. Looks like someone has to dig through his wardrobe to find his jean jacket.

Artist: Falloe
Album: Falloe
Label: Independent

Snag some mp3s (courtesy of Triple J Unearthed)

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*previously published in Rip It Up issue #1206

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Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit

After two records of hamming it up for the Americana folk crowd, San Diego natives Delta Spirit have suffered from a bit of an identity crisis. For their newest album the band have enlisted the production skills of Chris Coady, who has previously worked with the likes of TV on the Radio and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The result is a self-titled third album that the band believes to be the one true representation of their sound. They have reinvented themselves as alt-country rockers, which has come at the price of their spirit. To put it simply, if you’re the type who prefers Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses to their debut, Everything All The Time, you’ll probably like Delta Spirit.

Artist: Delta Spirit
Album: Delta Spirit
Label: Shock

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Cate Le Bon – CYRK

Apparently the Polish word for circus is “cyrk”. I have a hard time believing this because of the absence of vowels, and don’t give me that “and sometimes y” bullshit. Disregarding my disdain for the album’s title, CYRK is the second offering from the creepy Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon.

Le Bon first gained recognition with her curious preoccupation with death and unconventional song structures. Le Bon is essentially the British version of America’s St. Vincent. They’re both talented doe-eyed weirdos who just happen to write pop songs that get under your skin and make you feel slightly uneasy.

Artist: Cate Le Bon
Album: CYRK
Label: The Control Group

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Simone Felice – Simone Felice

The self-titled debut of Simone Felice, is a dark trip down well worn American roads. And by dark, I mean an unnerving preoccupation with death and murder.

The album opener, the deceptively upbeat Hey Bobby Ray, details brutal domestic abuse that ends in homicide. New York Times is a reminder of how morbid modern news outlets can be, and Dawn Brady’s Son has an itchy trigger finger.

Ballad Of Sharon Tate takes Felice’s fixation of mortality a step too far. Eliciting the mental image of Tate ‘with a rope around her neck, and heavy with child’ is just in bad taste.

Artist: Simone Felice
Album: Simone Felice
Label: Warner

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K-Holes – Dismania

In addition to being one of the ‘core’ medicines defined by the World Health Organization, ketamine is also used in veterinary medicine…and to get people high out of their minds.

New York City band K-Holes get their name from folks who like to snort horse tranquilizer up their noses. Under the influence, users can experience a K-hole, a slang term describing the “subjective state of dissociation from the body which may mimic the phenomenology of schizophrenia, out-of-body experiences or near–death experiences”.

Needless to say, Dismania is murky and dingy proto-punk and, and much like witnessing an overdose in the Botanic Gardens, is hard to look way from.

Snag mp3s of “Rats” and “Frozen Stiff” here (courtesy of Hardly Art)

Artist: K-Holes
Album: Dismania
Label: Hardly Art

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Gemma Ray – Island Fire

With serious competition at every turn, it’s little surprise that England’s Gemma Ray has meandered in the realm of cultural obscurity for the majority of her career. Her fourth long player, Island Fire, is quirky and soulful enough to catch the attention of selective listeners tired of that other Rey, but the album as a whole suffers from a serious case of dissociative identity disorder.

Some songs are light and playful to the point of being harmlessly forgettable, while others are so mean-spirited that they’re seared into your mind like that time you walked in on your parents bumping uglies.

Artist: Gemma Ray
Album: Island Fire
Label: Shock

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*previously published by Rip It Up Publishing

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Charlotte Gainsbourg – Stage Whisper

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Stage Whisper is a double album featuring fresh studio tracks and live recordings of songs from two most recent LPs, IRM and 5:55. While any Gainsbourg aficionado will certainly appreciate the live performances, the real draw is the studio material.

Picking up where IRM left off, the dark nu-disco electro pop of Stage Whisper is pitch perfect; with Gainsbourg’s cold, mechanical vocals gliding over hard, fuzzy beats. Now that I think of it, Gainsbourg hasn’t been this sexual since her brush with incestuous paedophilia with papa Serge on the track Lemon Incest back in 1984.

Artist: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Album: Stage Whisper
Label: Elektra

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*previously published by Rip It Up Publishing

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FisherKing – Circles

The press release that accompanied FisherKing’s debut album, Circles, described their sound as “heartfelt lyrics, memorable melodies and buzzing pop hooks”.  This may sound mean, but I don’t think I could write a more bland and meaningless description of a band if I tried.

FisherKing is essentially a good pub band that I would gladly pay a $10 cover to see, however I would just be using their show as an excuse to go out and get shitfaced. Nothing like feigning enthusiasm for a mediocre band in order to disguise your crushing alcoholism!

Snag a couple of mp3s here (courtesy of Triple J)

Artist: FisherKing
Album: Circles
Label: independent

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Bluejuice – Company

Where to start with this album? The band members outlined in neon green on the press release like some low rent TRON ripoff? The hokey ska/disco fusion music?  Grown men naming their songs with excerpts from an MSN chat? Maybe it’s the fact that the band stylizes their nonsensical name with an exclamation point instead of an “i”.

Company is like your alcoholic friend.  At first he’s super fun and a blast to be with, but by the end of the night you’re getting kicked out of bars because of his undecpiherable mumbles and the piss stain on the front of his pants.

Artist: Bluejuice
Album: Company
Label: Dew Process

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Wavves – Life Sux EP

At this point in Nathan Williams’ career it is safe to say that he has become the buzzband reincarnation of Willie Nelson.  Oh, wait, Willie Nelson isn’t dead?  Huh.  Well good for him.  Do I want to hit this?  Of course.  What was I saying?  Wavves.  Right.

It seems to me like naming your EP Life Sux is an open invitation to journalists to trash your music.  Maybe that was the intention.  But he’s just doing his thing, hanging out with his buds, making music. I wonder if Williams only wants to be Dave Grohl because it’s a pain in the ass to spell Krist Novoselic.

Artist: Wavves
Album: Life Sux
Label: Ghost Ramp

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