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Looking at the stars for inspiration: Honeybone are a guiding light on the excellent ‘Spheres’

With an album full of scrumptious solos to wake you up from that sleepy slumber, earth-moving electric guitar riffs and haunting vocals that enter your ears like a welcoming light, this is is something so special. Australia has some quality bands at the moment but Melbourne’s Honeybone, make a well-deserved dent into the minds of the uninspired to wake up the senses. They rock in the dusty door of your local sweat-filled music venue, and smash its hinges off on the new album called ‘Spheres‘.

Her vocals grab you by the face and take you into the journey of this exciting band who have that extra cutting edge appeal. There is so much to like here and the passionate energy shines so bright in the often cliched genre, that seems to wash the same style together again and again. Not on this album however.

The burning energy glazes over all of these songs like tasty donuts that you have licked your lips over for weeks now, the hunger is there, and this is a classy outfit. There are no average songs here, no fillers and definitely no shockers that leave you passed out from too much electricity into your veins. Particular highlights must be ‘Artificial Tears‘, ‘Stratosphere‘ and ‘Bones‘, the band seem in extra top form here, and these songs remain lodged deep inside the soul.

This is a 3 Piece Rock act that are only flying up through the sky at a rate that Rick & Morty would be proud of. This is an excellent release that deserves lots of love and head banging aplenty awaits, when live gigs are on again and fans can see their new favorite Australian band.

Melbourne is known for incredible underground acts that so good live. You can see why with ‘Spheres‘ from the electrifying Honeybone. Remember the name.

Hear their new creation here via Spotify and find out more about the band on their Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Two of a Kind’ by Australian 3 Piece Alt-Rock band Age of Iguana is a slice of tasty awesomeness

Two of a Kind by Age of Iguana

Two of a Kind‘ by Australian 3 Piece Alt-Rock band Age of Iguana is a slice of tasty awesomeness due to the quality sound and storytelling ingenuity.

Age of Iguana are based outta funky and vibrant Melbourne. They are a fine outfit that have that unique sound that is so welcome in the dark and dodgy alley called 2020.

You care about them so much and want to be together. Right now is just not the time as things are complicated but time should heal all. Life is just crazy right now and you just need to be patient to make sure you don’t do anything you might regret. You two are perfectly matched and you want this to work so badly.

This is a band that are so cool and fresh. They bring their best to the table and the results are deliciously packed into a tasty burger with fries.

Age of Iguana return with a rugged Alt-Rock track that keeps you bouncing the whole 6 minutes and 6 seconds. They just have that little bit of extra class that most acts don’t, the sound is tight and the solos are just plain masterful.

The vocals bite like a hungry kitty cat and they claw you in so gently. This is a top band with a sound that brings you back to the good days of music.

Head through to the Soundcloud to hear more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Australia’s Cannon blast in with lead single ‘Enemy’ from forthcoming debut album

Melbourne, Australia is the home of the exciting outfit Cannon. They blast in the dusty music venue with lead single ‘Enemy‘ from their forthcoming debut album. This is that Ozzie rock that we all needed to quench that thirst for rocking music.

Recorded and mixed by Fabian Hunter, mastered by Nao Anzai and with artwork by Mary Streepy, this is a lively indie rock single with a band that is so right together, this is a high-paced journey that will take your breath away. This is that jam a long band to sway your whole body to and just dance.

This is the kind of local band you go and watch live. New in name but the years of experience shows through here. The sharp vocals cut through the speakers with the catchy rhythm that is of guitar riff in abundance. The lights are on real bright here, this is a song that is perfect for 2020. We are all looking for the enemy instead of the opposite. The world is backwards and the world needs music to inspire our confused hearts.

‘Enemy, Enemy, who’s your Enemy?’ rings through and Cannon are an act to watch closely. This new band have that extra bit of quality is so rare.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Melbourne’s Mechanical Pterodactyl show us the music world in ‘Stars In Our Eyes’

Melbourne’s Mechanical Pterodactyl show us the real music world in the dreamy-pop indie wonderland ‘Stars In Our Eyes‘.

This is the creation of multi-instrumentalist and producer Yen Nguyen, Mechanical Pterodactyl build Dreamy-pop creative compositions that place lasting lyrical melodies over a richly woven blend of captivating acoustic, electric and electronic instruments. There is so much skill here, the musicianship is of top quality.

After working in such varied genres such as Jazz, Hip Hop and Rock, you can feel the multi-skilled passion of this excellent artist. This is different music and the video is so true. Sometimes we go for a dream without fully mapping it all about like a master-plan. Things can go wrong real quick with reality strikes.

Melbourne’s Mechanical Pterodactyl are quite epic on the new single Stars In Our Eyes‘. This has dreamy-pop lathered up and stuck all deep in our ears, the song is radiant and fresh. They join the lists of Australian bands that are joined together with goodness, the golden age of bands in the marvellous music-crazy country.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Melbourne singer-songwriter Jayvier is on top form with ‘Everything That Happened’

Melbourne singer-songwriter Jayvier is on top form with his new song about lost love on ‘Everything That Happened‘.

With the string-filled start, we are soon put into the story of the blizzard. he was at the bottom, was stumbling but made it anyway. He ended up missing that special soul, he thought she was gone. Somehow it worked out and he got to meet her in the end.

There is a lot of lovely indie-folk here, you can feel that this is a singer-songwriter who is well-traveled. He has seen a lot of music venues and bars, the extra bit of vocals is so great to hear. He projects his voice so well and the song is vibrant, full of stops to gain momentum again.

Everything That Happened‘ from Australian singer-songwriter Jayvier who is looking for his angel on this fine song, full of quality vocals and a story about lost love.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Duan’s ‘Care’ is everything the world needs right now and features Julia Lostrom and Simba Andrews

Care‘ is everything the world needs right now from Julia Lostrom, Simba Andrews and Duan. The production is top quality and this such a special track, with the dreamy layers that lather us into the story of being caring.

Daniel Sun Yuan aka Duan is a Melbourne based producer whose diverse collaborative works, create raw yet ethereal sounds that mix within hip-hop grooves and strong bass-lines that adds feeling your chest and feet. He is a multi-talented and real producer, his music is like music from a movie, this is meant to warm the heart and add a smooth style. A vibe that is bouncy and uplifting. The intricate lo-fi inner wanderings that light up your spirit, your soul is rest from all the wildness out there in 2020.

With a deep connection within the Melbourne Hip-Hop and RnB scenes, he invites various artists to jump on his songs, and meticulously works with them to bridge the gap between standard vocal focused tracks and beat maker instrumentals.

Duan brings us a fine team with vocalists Julia Lostrom and Simba Andrews on top form and performing like it means something. This is the perfect tonic to relax with and remember to self-love with humility. Spreading the message of love and being happy is the key to all to unlocking that long-term smile on your face.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Sleep Safe and Warm’ is the theme from Rosemary’s Baby (Komeda) – Adam Simmons | Jean Poole

Sleep Safe and Warm‘ is the Jazzy delightful theme from Rosemary’s Baby (Komeda) – Adam Simmons and Jean Poole.

This is the second single release from ‘Zatoczka – Tribute to Komeda‘ – and famously known for being the theme from Roman Polanski’s film Rosemary’s Baby. 2019 was 50 years since the untimely passing of legendary Polish jazz pianist and film composer Krzysztof Komeda and, to mark the occasion, celebrated Australian saxophonist Adam Simmons produced a large-ensemble tribute to the musician in collaboration with video artist, Jean Poole. The team effort has been a fantastic success due to the quality of the music.

Zatoczka – Tribute to Komeda‘ is the resulting album captures the magic from the concert, which saw Adam Simmons’ 8-piece Creative Music Ensemble joined by legendary Australian pianist Tony Gould and masterful vocalist Deborah Kayser.

Adam Simmons and Jean Poole bring us a beautiful song and the video matches the aura. The young boy is learning about the world as he walks around and seeks to be safe around himself. This is a stunning song and I feel so relaxed with the jazzy energy and occasional vocals that hit the spot. ‘Sleep Safe and Warm‘ is a work of art in a troubled year for the world. With 11 artists and team members featuring here, this is a true team effort.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Elegant Australian singer-songwriter Darcy has a voice that heals on ‘Ill Be There for You’

Darcy sings with such poise and class that you can’t teach. Her voice guides you into her world and keeps you close.

Sparkling alien fantasy fan and singer-songwriter Darcy is a 20 year old from sunny Australia, After being on The Voice Australia and since then has been writing, collaborating and performing around her home city of Melbourne in Australia.

This is all about making that change and healing the world. You try and find the words to describe what is going on and it takes time to full take it all in. You are now ready to hold the hand of those close and make that real change, with hopes to spread your feelings. The time for keeping quiet is over.

Darcy impresses highly here on ‘Ill Be There for You‘ and she has a very special voice that we all hope to hear more of. There is a special sound to her, with the crisp and dreamy vocals on this fine new track.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Omari lays down the easy melodic grooves in her debut single “Gameboy”

Many RnB artists like to play it safe with their lyricism and end up saying what has been said a thousand times before. Refreshingly, Melbourne artist Omari poured plenty of bold sentiments on the airwaves with her debut single “Gameboy”.

The Indie RnB Pop single has an engaging narrative lyrical style through which Omari assassinates the character of the unworthy waster which inspired Gameboy. Hearing the realisation of Omari’s self-worth in the single which packs in sublimely melodic grooves becomes an empowering aural experience. I can only imagine what it felt like to write it.

Even though you’ll hear plenty of the roots of Soul and RnB within Gameboy, there’s no understating the fresh evocative appeal behind the production. Despite the RnB vibe, it’s safe to say fans of Kate Nash and Florence and the Machine will quickly become enamoured by Omari’s stunning beyond definition vocals.

You can check out Omari’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Australia’s Gordon Holland sings for the colder months on ‘I’m Looking Forward To Winter’

Gordon Holland is back with the soulful ‘I’m Looking Forward To Winter‘ and this is such a gem to the tired ears.

Australian singer-songwriter Gordon Holland has been making waves all over the Melbourne’s music scene and is on top form here. Following his relocation from Perth and bringing with him his musical partner, the pair formed The Naysayers in 2010 and soon took their garage rock to live stages around Australia.

While still writing and working within The Naysayers, Gordon found himself on a solo path which saw him merging his musical creativity into waters that had previously been uncharted. Soon after, he collaborated with fellow singer-songwriter Charlie Lane where the two constructed her successful The Darkest Time.

Following on from such successes, Gordon has been sailing the seas between his Takamine acoustic and Fender Jaguar in a way that enables his music to flow through lyrics that are confessional and nostalgic yet humorous and wistful.

I’m Looking Forward To Winter‘ from Gordon Holland is an ode to the colder months where you can cuddle with your loved one. You smile when you think of all the hot chocolate and blankets. Perhaps your cat is close by and you can watch movies together and hide away for a while. All you want to do is snuggle close and get away from the world. The soft singer-songwriter vibes are so pleasant and I love the true stories here. This is a quality track for 2020.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen