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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

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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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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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The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

For someone calling himself The Tallest Man On Earth, Swedish folk troubadour Kristian Matsson can be a bit of a Debbie Downer.

There’s No Leaving Now, the third full-length album from Matsson, notably omits some of the playful exuberance that was sprinkled throughout previous releases. There is no childlike fanaticism like on “The King Of Spain”, instead the majority of the album deals with the pitfalls of adulthood; at least when you can decode Matsson’s vague lyrics.

There’s No Leaving Now is a gorgeous album of introspection and reflection. It is a glimpse of what The Tallest Man On Earth is wrestling with behind closed doors, away from the pressures of being, well, really tall.

Artist: The Tallest Man On Earth
Album: There’s No Leaving Now
Label: Dead Oceans

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Husky – Forever So

Imagine your dog just died, your slutty girlfriend cheated on you, and now you’re listening to every sad song that Morrissey ever wrote in one sitting. What would you do?  Sit in isolation and cry?  Contemplate your life in a forlornly fashion?  If you were Australia’s Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss, you would write some songs that would ultimately become your debut album, Forever So.

Forever So is a meticulously crafted collection of dreamy pop songs with catchy hooks and memorable melodies.  They are able to capture vanishing hopes and dwindling dreams to create something beautiful. I wish I could go through a period of crushing despair so that I could write an album like this one. Unfortunately I’m the one who breaks hearts, not the one who has his heart broken.

Artist: Husky
Album: Forever So
Label: Sub Pop

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Steve Smyth – Release

Aussie singer-songwriter Steve Smyth introduces himself on his website by stating:

“My mother tells me that as soon as I could walk, if she turned her head for a second, I was brought back by strangers. Such a problem that, on camping trips, the family tied me to a tree.”

His point? That he’s a “wanderer”. Smyth’s debut album, Release, reflects his moseying nature by showcasing an affinity for many musical styles including bluegrass, country and even 50s doo-wop. Release is an interesting record that I’m sure many people will enjoy but, for me, I wouldn’t have been fussed if Mr. Smyth had wandered himself right under my radar.

Artist: Steve Smyth
Album: Release
Label: independent

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Gold Leaves – The Ornament

Do you feel like you are more sensitive than your peers?  More in tune with your feelings? Do you have a sneaking suspicion that you might be emotionally hypersensitive?  Do you walk around at all times like you are in some depressing indie film clip?  Did you cry at the end of 500 Days Of Summer / Wall-E / Marley and Me?  Do you listen to “depressing” music and subconsciously enjoy having your emotions controlled by strangers?

If this sounds like you, please report to your nearest music retailer and purchase The Ornament by Gold Leaves.  Stay golden, but remember, nothing gold can stay.

Artist: Gold Leaves
Album: The Ornament
Label: Hardly Art

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Mark Tulk – Central State

This album was recorded in some abandoned psychiatric hospital.  To the average Joe, these creepy locales are cringe worthy and nightmare-inducing.  It would seem, however, that to artists, these modern day dungeons act as conduits for creative expression.  Something about dilapidated furniture and mold must be inspiring.  Maybe it’s the asbestos.

Aussie Mark Tulk has recorded Central State in the infamous Central State Hospital in Georgia, it’s biggest claim to fame being where a purported 25,000 were buried in unmarked graves.  The muse ultimately proves to be the album’s undoing, because unless you’re Haley Joel Osment, you’re not going to even see any dead people, much less make use of their constructive criticism.

Artist: Mark Tulk
Album: Central State
Label: Small House

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