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Nantes – Beingsbeing Album Review

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Sydney act Nantes have just released their brand new debut album ‘Beingsbeing’ and I will be upfront, based on their previous EP it was very different to what I was expecting from the lads.

Having been a huge fan of the breakthrough track ‘Fly’ and the EP track ‘Charlie’, both more bouncy guitar driven indie rock, it was a bit of a shock to see Beingsbeing have a strong synthetic undertow to it. Ok, so it wasn’t a total shock with the already popular Triple J played singles ‘Avid’, ‘Drones’ and ‘Unsatisfy’, giving some inkling that Nantes were expanding their sound. But it the effectiveness in which the guys had incorporated their synth done so that was the real surprising pleasure.

The album builds on the bands indie rock roots and as mentioned mixes things up a good variation of pop and heavy bass/synth vibes. The surprises were the tunes ‘Alice’, which is a little reminiscent of a Phil Collins number with brooding atmospheric drums and hazy vocals, and Awayke Dream which incorporated some interesting sampling. ‘Beingsbeing’s more predictable poppy tracks included the radio numbers ‘Avid’,‘Drones’, bouncy key number ‘Potrisis’ and my personal favourite the percussion laden ‘Lost Children’. Yet,  you did get the impression that somebody had been drinking too much whisky and listening to too much Phil Collins, as throughout the album there was a real reliance on slow churning bass lines and synth overlays, which did give some tracks a bit of a similar sound. I guess I was still pretty surprised at the defection from melodic indie rock the guys had undergone.

After several listens you also cannot help but decide there is an element of melancholic disappointment, or perhaps a stoned punkish anger seething through the album. The happiness of their EP has been replaced by a slightly more intense emotional vibe, perhaps a realisation of the difficulties of cracking the big time. Nonetheless, Nantes have definitely honed in and enhanced their sound and despite the aforementioned emotional intensity ‘Beingsbeing’ is an album that grows on you with every listen.

 

 

Tara Simmons – Its Not Like We’re Trying To Move Mountains Album Review

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Brisbane babe Tara Simmons is back! Her second album ‘It’s Not Like We’re Trying To Move Mountains’ is bound to make you sigh in listening-pleasure.

Tara’s album begins with the sexy single ‘Weekend of Hearts’, which has an awesome synth-pop beat to it. Tara’s voice is extremely unique and has a dreamy feel to it, similar to the likes of Lykke Li. Tara utilises beautiful harmonies throughout the album in tracks such as the single ‘Where Do You Go and Gone In The Night’. One of Tara Simmons’ edgier and riskier songs is ‘Love Attack’ providing the striking, pumping beats and necessary contrast to her slower, calmer songs such as ‘We’re All Scared’ and ‘Honey’. Both of these slower paced songs intertwine perfectly with Tara’s smooth vocals and in particular, Tara’s voice in ‘Honey’ is exceptional with Tara stating that the song is close to her heart, about a friend who you fear one day you may lose and will be utterly irreplaceable and that is something you can hear in the raw emotion in her voice. The guitar rocks it out in ‘Love Attack’ adding a new sound on the album and giving a great way to stand out against the keyboard. The album comes to a close with ‘End of May’, which is an upbeat, fun song to get you up and dancing to Tara’s uplifting voice.

Something so wonderful about this album is that each song has a different feel to it, yet they are perfectly adapted to fit many styles and will appeal to many different listeners. In short, Yanto Browning (The Jungle Giants, Kate Miller-Heidke, Art of Sleeping) and Tara Simmons produced these ten edgy tracks to perfection.

Tara Simmons is currently on her From The Mountains To The Sun Co-Headline Tour with Pluto Jonze. Her last stop is Melbourne on the 1st of November at The Workers Club. Tara’s individuality and gorgeous vocals are something worth checking out. So be sure to give It’s Not Like We’re Trying To Move Mountains a good, long, worthy listen.