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Split Seconds – Neil Young and Dumb EP Review

SpitSecondsOnBikesHiResPerth indie pop band Split Seconds have released a sophisticated new EP by the title of ‘Neil Young and Dumb’.

This is an EP that has traverses the genres, combining songs deemed indie rock, with folky melodies and guitar pop to create a five song listen that never disappoints. Lead single ‘Halfway There’ is a particular highlight, with the beautiful interplay of male and female vocals climaxing into one incredibly catchy chorus.

Although the band may have relocated to Melbourne, there are plenty of references to their true home in the West, that brings a sense of personability to this EP that makes it so enjoyable. This is particularly clear on ‘Two Birds’ and ‘She Fell into A Safe Pair of Hands’, and show that this is an EP that is clearly written about events that affected the band, and something that you can tell the guys are really proud of. That in itself brings a sense of relatability that makes this album resonate with the listener. But add the fact that they tell these stories through sophisticated and clever lyrics (I mean anyone who can use Shane Watson as a lyrical metaphor clearly has linguistic skills), makes this EP so easy and entertaining to listen to.

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Young Franco – Close 2 U EP Review

Young FrancoYoung Franco has released his two track EP ‘Close to You’, featuring the title track and its house-y mate ‘Hurricane’.

Its the kind of EP that despite its minute nature, features two hearty dance tracks to not only pump you up on a Friday avo, but keep you dancing over the weekend and through to Monday. The best bit, its available for free download on Soundcloud (or the link below), so give yourself space, press play and cut a groove to one of the hottest rising stars on the electronic music scene.

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Meg Mac – MEGMAC EP Review

MegMac_HiResPressShot_August2014She’s already garnered attention across Australia with the belting ballad ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’, but now Meg Mac is set to warm ears once more with the release of her debut EP ‘MEGMAC’ out September 12.

Meg Mac has been kicking around the local scene for a while, but her delay in producing an EP has really paid off, with ‘MEGMAC’ being one of the strongest debut EPs I have heard in a while. Many artists have a strong voice, but Meg Mac has combined her powerful stirring vocals with an intricate arrangement of instruments and flawless production to create a sound that is not only attention grabbing, but so god damn enjoyable.

There is something so universally accessible about the simplistic vocal dominant, beat laden EP Meg has produced. It is polite, intelligent and has that gritty dark element that just draws your ears towards wanting more.’Roll Up Your Sleeves’ is a rightful standout, and is deservedly sitting at number 3 on the indie charts, but ‘Known Better’ and ‘Every Lie’ are not far behind.  Its the type of record you can listen to with your mother, without detracting from its coolness in any way – the true sign of an EP that is not going to fade from your collection quickly.

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JP Kilpspringer – Drip Dry EP Review

JP KlipspringerJP Klipspringer emerged on the scene when he dropped his debut single ‘Bury Me’ earlier this year. The great news is that he has finally dropped his debut EP, ‘Drip Dry’, and it is full of the same stirring and intelligent indie that made us fall in love with his original single.

JP Klipspringers debut EP, Drip Dry, is not catchy music, as the obsession with the sound he produces goes much deeper than something as tangible as poppy beat. The four track EP, which includes ‘Bury Me’, is a wonderful collection of slow paced and emotional music produced near perfectly. Second track ‘Anastasia’, is a particular favourite with its steady pulsing beat and looping piano melody, combining with the eerieness of the vocals to create a song that just connects with me. Final track, ‘Bring You Home’ provided the real suprise number of the EP, mixing up the deft piano loops of previous numbers, towards a more poppy almost RUFUS like electro number. And it works, blurring the lines of dance music and brooding indie to create a sound that will definitely increase JP Klipspringer’s accessibility.

Put simply, Drip Dry is an abolutely stunning debut EP from JP Klispspringer.

Fox and Fowl – Self Titled EP

Fox and Fowl

Ex-Canberra, now Brisbane based Fox and Fowl are set to delight us all with the release of their latest self-titled EP.

There is so much to love about Fox and Fowl’s self titled debut, from the aptly named African-pop number ‘Jungle Punch’, to the scintillating guitars of debut single ‘Pilot’. ‘Neon Colours’ is my pick off the EP, with its slightly heavier vibe and differing pop structure giving it a very distinctive feel. It maintains the indie pop enthusiasm with the cascading guitars and pulsing drums, but the use of pauses with that extra structure just makes it hit the spot perfectly.

Sounding very much like The Jungle Giants, Two Door Cinema Club and The Griswolds, Fox and Fowl aren’t covering any new ground, but boy are they are making some addictively energetic tropical pop. The production by Yanto Browning, who is also responsible for the The Jungle Giants latest album, is top notch and perhaps an additional stroke of genius.

Distinctively in the indie pop persuasion, Fox and Fowl have unleashed a host of upbeat African and Carribean pop stylings to produce and EP that is fast, fun and so damn catchy.

The Phoncurves – Heartstrings EP Review

PhoncurvesBrisbane’s The Phoncurves have released their EP ‘Heartstrings’ on the world, and given us a collection of four songs to melt our ears too.

The Phoncurves create their music around the perpetually strong and stirring vocal combination of Abbie Roberts and Naomi Hodges. These two have voices just that just belong together, whether it be harmonising as in ‘Heartstrings’, bouncing off one another like in ‘Motionless’, you just cannot argue that the pair don’t make just ear-warmingly beautiful sounds.

Add the instrumental arrangement of delicate hi-hat drumming and soft acoustic guitars, and you get an EP that pushes folk pop to the far extremes of sweetness without being sickly so. Each of the four tracks, is well layered, makes a great use of pauses and silence, and just envelops an overall emotional and stirring vibe. The whole EP has this undercurrent of grunge and sadness characteristic of a bluesy rock number, but it is delivered so sweetly you wouldn’t even notice.

Having recently been a Triple J Unearthed ‘Feature Artist’, its safe to say the anticipation about The Phoncurves latest EP has not been unjust, with the pair delivering a delightful second tasting.

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