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Tuesday 17 December 2013
Arts Music

ep review: la musique nouveau, the dunes

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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La Musique Nouveau. The New Music. A bold statement of intent. Particularly so, given The Dunes’ chosen genre.  The often potentially confining sand-box of dream pop / dream gaze has historically allowed little in the way of innovation or experimentation. So does the Adelaide band’s third EP live up to the promise of its title? Opening track…
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Friday 12 July 2013
Music

ep review + video premiere: aphir, invirtue

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Aphir’s debut release, Invirtue, opens with a looped vocal hook coupled with a sample of the static generated by a vinyl record stylus – the only non-human, non-sung element the listener hears until the E.P.’s closing track. It’s clear at the outset that the focus of these songs are the layers upon layers of rich,…
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Friday 8 March 2013
Music

lp review: the wolves, brighter later

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Enigmatic. Mysterious. At times exuding such warmth that the listener cannot help but melt. Haunting. Evocative. Beautiful. Brighter Later’s The Wolves is all of these things. Casual listeners beware, this record demands attention. The Wolves is the debut LP from the Melbourne-based collective (primarily the musical outlet of writer, radio producer and songwriter Jaye Kranz)….
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Wednesday 5 September 2012
Music

ep review: the dunes, between midnight and dawn

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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To admit to a certain degree of bias at the outset of a review is the honourable course of action, correct? With that in mind, I’ve enjoyed a very contented relationship with dream pop since first hearing Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’ (1994), This Mortal Coil’s cover of Tim Buckley’s ‘Song to the Siren’ (1983)…
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Thursday 26 July 2012
Music

interview: dune

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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For a debut single, ‘Shoestring’ is quite an introduction; it’s sprawling, epic and very exciting. Its ambitiousness in many ways mirrors that of the artist. Dune is the new musical brainchild of Jade MacRae, who many will remember had much success as a solo artist a number of years ago, in addition to working with…
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Sunday 8 July 2012
Music

album review: marina and the diamonds, electra heart

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Make the effort to scratch beneath the surface and sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised. And so it is with Electra Heart, the second album from Marina and the Diamonds, the solo musical project of Marina Diamandis. It’s a concept album of sorts, in which Diamandis assumes the titular character in a U.S.A. rife with…
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Friday 1 June 2012
Music

ep review: lisa mitchell, spiritus

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Three years on from a platinum-selling debut album which attained top ten status here in Australia, Lisa Mitchell has returned with her third EP, Spiritus. The five tracks that comprise this release are all very brief – the EP in its entirety drifts by in what feels like moments. But despite its brevity there are…
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Friday 18 May 2012
Music

album review: gin wigmore, gravel & wine

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Virginia “Gin” Wigmore, Queen of the Wild Frontier. Record number two from this New Zealand native, Gravel & Wine, has already topped the album charts in her homeland. It’s an album full of unique energy; distinctive in the sense that it’s rare for an album to exude such excitable danger alongside its pop friendliness. Should…
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Monday 14 May 2012
Music

ep review: eliza hull, dawn

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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The debut EP from Melbourne’s Eliza Hull is precisely certain of what it is and what it should sound like. Dawn rarely deviates from its intent, but why should it? As a work crafted over three years from an artist new to solo musicianship, it’s a strong message. A love note of sorts; to tenderness,…
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Friday 11 May 2012
Music

album review: jeff beam, be your own mirror

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Bass player with The Milkman’s Union by day, solo artist by night – Jeff Beam of Portland, Maine, is a busy man. Having released a plethora of solo material over the past few years (check out his Bandcamp page for evidence of just how prolific he is), 2012 brings another new album. Be Your Own…
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Wednesday 28 March 2012
Music

album review: aleks and the ramps, facts

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Facts closes with the lyrics “This is what I call fun”; it’s a perfect way to describe the experience of listening to these 10 songs. The third album from Melbourne five-piece, Aleks and the Ramps, was recorded over a period of roughly 18 months. It’s plain to hear the time and effort put into its…
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Monday 19 March 2012
Music

ep review: alison avron, wrong notes & anecdotes

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Listening to Alison Avron‘s debut EP, Wrong Notes & Anecdotes, one senses the overwhelming positive energy alive within these tracks. It’s this joyfulness which makes it such an addictive listening experience. Hailing from Glencoe in rural South Australia, Avron moved to Sydney’s inner-west to establish her own creative space called The Newsagency: a venue which…
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Monday 13 February 2012
Music

album review: howler, america give up

Stephen Benko-Nehme
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Howler‘s debut LP, America Give Up, has its roots firmly planted in the late 50s and early 60s – a time of surf rock and songs that sound like summer. Formed by 19 year-old lead-singer, Jordan Gatesmith, and hailing from Minneapolis, the five-piece band has crafted a noisy yet insanely melodic collection of tracks –…
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