Category: 1/2/3/4

1/2/3/4 — #223 — Getting Closer, Goin’ Down

Jay Clarkson is one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s most singular songwriters, with a history that includes membership of The Playthings and The Expendables, both groups who released records with the legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun. Clarkson wrote and recorded Kindle after relocating from Christchurch to Dunedin in the mid ‘90s, it’s been lovingly reissued on the Rose Hobart imprint. Highly recommended.

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1/2/3/4 — #222 — With Reverie

It’s been wonderful to witness the blossoming of Sydney’s Jessica as a songwriter and vocalist over the last few years, first as half of folk-goth duo, Jep and Dep and subsequently with her solo albums. She returns with her second, With Reverie, an exploration into daydreams, thoughts, mind-trips, wonderings and introspections. Highly Recommended. Plus Rozi Plain, Pozi, Tōth and more!

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1/2/3/4 — #220 — Darkness to Light

Julie Doiron is back with I Thought Of You, her first solo record since 2012’s So Many Days, emanating a radiative force with nothing more than her guitar and her unmistakably indomitable voice. I fell in love with her music back with Eric’s Trip in the ’90s and have followed her career since. As well, stunning tracks from Karen Peris, BRNDA and much more.

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1/2/3/4 — #219 — Wonderful Oblivion

Winners of the 2021 Music Victoria Best Folk Act, Charm of Finches are Melbourne-based sister duo Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes. I’ve been championing their incredible talents for a long time. It’s been amazing to watch their trajectory rise, their latest album Wonderful Oblivion is an incredible collection of tunes, brought to life under the guiding hand of producer Daniel Ledwell. Also featuring favourites Ralegh Long, Mapache, Naomi Keyte and much more.

They make haunting chamber folk full of beauty and candour for the famished soul

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1/2/3/4 — #218 — Hypnotic Haze Pop

Pittsburgh haze pop ensemble Flower Crown are back with fantastic guitar album, Heat. Their latest album runs the gamut of emotions, featuring feelings of despondence, hope and even playful indifference — a reflection of the band members’ evolving relationships and changes in trajectory over the tumultuous last year and a half.

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1/2/3/4 — #217 — The Art of Letting Go

Lizzie Lieberson has just released her debut solo album, You Don’t Know, which marks a new beginning for the well known Brooklyn artist. For ten years she was a member of TEEN alongside her sisters, as Lizzie Loveless she ruminates on her past relationships and offers an optimistic reprieve for the future.

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1/2/3/4 — #216 — From Dreams To Dust

Ruminating on the risks of taking things for granted in our daily lives, Ian Felice, the lead singer/songwriter of The Felice Brothers, expresses how meaningful the experience of playing music with his band has been after long months of social distancing. From Dreams to Dust, their eighth and most recent studio album reveals a folk-Americana-rock-country band with deep roots in varied genres. The Felice Brothers are what Rolling Stone lauds as “musician’s musicians” and poets. This album is highly recommended.

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1/2/3/4 — #215 — Sacred Rebel

Elsa Carmona made her first song when she was 7 years old. She was born in Barcelona and came to Stockholm in her early years. Constantly being surrounded by music while growing up made songwriting feel like a natural part of her life. Elsa writes mysterious but catchy songs about visceral emotions and genuine experiences. This is all on display on her new EP ‘Sacred Rebel’

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1/2/3/4 — #214 — Something To Give

Sydney band The Forresters devise new ways to blend folk, rock and pop into their narrative of Americana, with a healthy dose of power pop. Their latest album Something to Give delivers a treasure trove of melodies, lovingly mixed by legendary US indie producer, Mitch Easter. Plenty of great tunes on this episode with tracks from Dominic Breen, Georgia State Line, Corrina Repp and much more.

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1/2/3/4 — #213 — Cameroon Garage Funk

More crate digging gold from the excellent Analog Africa label, this time with a focus on Cameroon. Yaoundé, in the 1970´s, was a buzzing place. Every neighbourhood of Cameroon´s capital, no matter how dodgy, was filled with music spots but surprisingly there were no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording facilities, and the process of committing your song to tape could become a whole adventure unto itself. Despite the myriad difficulties involved in the simple process of making and releasing a record, the musicians of Yaoundé’s underground music scene left behind an extraordinary legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes.

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1/2/3/4 — #212— Walkmen

In this episode we feature some short sharp punchy indie rock, starting with Bad Bad Hats, a trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their fourth album Walkman is chock full of memorable melodies and sweet harmonies. Essential listening!

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