Category: 1/2/3/4

1/2/3/4 — #153 — Failures

Katie Malco writes music that sits quietly somewhere between an aching, serene sadness and a hopeful determination. She mourns her past and lays it out on the table for all to see, exposed with twitching nerves. Armed with only an old telecaster that’s seen better days and her magnificent voice, Katie returns with her compelling new album, Failures

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1/2/3/4 — #152 — Christine Jane, Grant Lee-Phillips, Dehd

Christine Jane’s eclectic tastes and world wide travels lead her to find her sound: ‘cinematic blues’. Her songs are deeply personal and reflect on loss, love, listlessness and the shadows of despair. Her latest single, written on a tiny guitar (called a guitalelele) and using eclipse mints and hands scratching demin jeans for percussion, sees Christine Jane reinventing herself in the strange space betwixt trysts. As well, excellent new releases from Grant Lee-Phillips and Dehd.

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1/2/3/4 — #151 — Back to Feelings

Konradsen are the duo of vocalist and pianist Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren. They trace their roots to the far north of Norway, where the black night of winter is backlit by the neon glow of the Northern Lights. It’s a fitting metaphor for the music the pair crafts – tradition meets innovation, while the natural world glimmers overhead.

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1/2/3/4 — #150 — A Lilac Decline

A Lilac Decline is the anagrammatic musical pseudonym of visual artist Cecilia Danell. Originally from Sweden but resident in Ireland for over a decade, Danell is a member of fellow Rusted Rail acts Cubs and Loner Deluxe. Her latest single, Sunset Song, is a lush and dreamy listen awash with spacey synth lines. As well, two great Australian songwriters, Nick Batterham and Josh Meadows combine their powers as The Bell Streets, driving uptempo pop from Sydney trio Key Out and the return of Pure X.

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1/2/3/4 — #149 — Affectionately Yours

Affectionately is the project of Californian artist and Jay Som collaborator Zachary Elsasser. The debut album reveals a young songwriter battling with insecurity and self-doubt, and these feelings are poured into ‘i spend most of my time in my room’. This is dreamy, slightly wonky pop music that was amazingly created through GarageBand on a phone with one single microphone. Plus much much more!

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1/2/3/4 — #148 — Justine Wahlin in Session

Justine Wahlin is difficult to categorise. She sits somewhere between alt folk/country and Roots but regularly seems to slip through the cracks to wander on her own sonic adventures, much like an octopus will sneak out to sample tasty morsels from the neighbouring tank but be back before dawn. She joins us in session – plus excellent tracks from Alison Forbes, Omaloma and Natalie Greffel.

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1/2/3/4 — #146 — Desert Islander

Featuring an album I’ve been enjoying in self-isolation – or – as a “Desert Islander” – the Debut album by Anthony Heubel & The High Lonesome Band. Heubel, formerly of the punk band Run Forever (Tiny Engines), has gone country with his latest effort, marking a sea change for his songwriting. The blurb says this is “traditional country music imbued with a punk rock spirit that goes great with an IPA, a plaid shirt, and a sleeve of tattoos!” Can’t argue with it! Plus I pay tribute to John Prine, who in the early ’90s changed my mind about Country Music.

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1/2/3/4 — #145 — A Long Way Back

Kim Richey celebrates the 20th anniversary of her album Glimmer with, A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer, featuring new recordings of the songs from Kim’s classic album. It’s allowed the two-time Grammy-nominated Nashville-based artist to reinterpret these songs and give them a fresh, yet timeless sound. Plus much more!

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1/2/3/4 — #144 — Anastasia Minster

Anastasia Minster creates piano-driven chamber pop which fuses elements of classical, folk and jazz. She returns with her second album Father, a gorgeous tapestry of sound, lyrically inspired by the works of Carl Jung, Hermann Hesse and Andrei Tarkovsky. Highly Recommended. As well, stunning new works from Hannah Cameron, Finn Bennet (Tulalah) and we open with a song inspired by self-isolation from Loner Deluxe.

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1/2/3/4 — #143 — Slow Motion Breakup

We focus on another amazing young songwriter from Western Australia. Tanaya Harper is one of Perth’s leading ladies of original music. Her insightful lyricism resonates with audiences as she delivers her personal experiences with depression, anxiety and living with bipolar disorder. She’s just released her latest work, Slow Motion Breakup. There’s a lot of fantastic new releases ih this latest episode.

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1/2/3/4 — #142 — The Common Task

Horse Lords make music for the liberation of mind and body.  The Baltimore quartet’s new album The Common Task showcases their full power and why they are dubbed the Pied Piper of experimental music and radical thought. Brittle, raucous shards lock into tight grooves that will hypnotise. Highly recommended! Plenty of psych, pop and astral folk in this edition.

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