The Temper Trap – ‘Conditions’ album review

I like the name The Temper Trap. Some people say that it doesn’t matter what you call your band, they say if you are good it will shine through. If that’s the case, whatever happened to Reality Ambulance?

The Temper Trap

I like the name The Temper Trap. Some people say that it doesn’t matter what you call your band, they say if you are good it will shine through. If that’s the case, whatever happened to Reality Ambulance?

The Temper Trap

No, The Temper Trap are good. Their debut album ‘Conditions’ is a good get up and shine collection of songs. “Love Lost” opens the procedures and goes very well with my first cup of coffee of the day, and I really like the second song “Rest”. Vocalist Dougy Mandagi’s voice reminds me of someone but I can’t quite put my finger on it, so that must be a good thing – you know, familiar but not.

They hail from Melbourne, Australia and caught the ears of the world when they played live at Musexposo in London in October 2008. I Reckon they would make a brilliant support act for U2 or visa versa because I like this band more.

I think one of the best things to do this summer would be to get hold of the ‘Conditions’ album, crank it up loud and impress your friends and family with your good taste in music.

The Temper Trap are one of those bands that you want to follow and collect all their tunes. So hurry up boys, we’re now waiting for your second album!

‘Conditions’ is set for UK release August 10, 2009.

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By: Dave Tommo

The Fold “Six in the Morning” review + debut album release

The Fold

I’m a sucker for a song with a three-count or waltz, so when The Fold from Melbourne, Australia got in touch and I heard their song, “Six in the Morning” I must say, it did catch my attention …

The Fold

I’m a sucker for a song with a three-count or waltz, so when The Fold from Melbourne, Australia got in touch and I heard their song, “Six in the Morning” I must say, it did catch my attention.

The intro is sweet, with just the guitar coming in first, and then that wonderful count. The instrumentation is tight – with a laid back swing. The horns add a nice touch, and the guitar solo and organ at the end is brilliant. The vocals and the lyrics of course are not to be forgotten. With what at first may seem like minimal effort, there’s actually a lot going on with this song. You can focus on the music or be just as content when focusing on the vocals and the story being told. Excellent.

The Fold - A Kind of Lightening

“Six in the Morning” is off of The Fold’s debut album, ‘A Kind of Lightening’, which they’re launching independently on the 19th July, 2008 in Melbourne. The band formed in 2002 and after playing shows around Melbourne and then later touring in London and Europe (with violinist Londoner Alison Blunt) promoting their first EP, the band scored a small grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and recorded their new album in Australia.

I’m hoping The Fold comes back to play in the UK soon. This would surely be a show to check out.

For music, more information and links to purchase the CD, go to:

Myspace
The Fold Official Website

By: Jenny May – BandWeblogs.com

Angus & Julia Stone – ‘A Book Like This’ album review

Angus & Julia Stone

OK, so I’m in love. With a brother and sister from Sydney, Australia. But before you jump to any conclusions, this is not a recipe for some Channel 5 ‘documentary’ …

Angus & Julia Stone

OK, so I’m in love. With a brother and sister from Sydney, Australia. But before you jump to any conclusions, this is not a recipe for some Channel 5 ‘documentary’. Anything but, in fact. I merely refer to Angus & Julia Stone’s first long player, ‘A Book Like This’.

Their last release, the 2007 EP ‘Heart Full of Wine’, established them as a duo with relaxed, sunny harmonies of the folk variety – you may have heard the tracks “Private Lawns” and “Mango Tree”.

‘A Book Like This’ continues on this theme and is utterly, utterly lovely. Each track unfolds slowly and wraps itself around you beguilingly, with vocal duties shared between Julia’s witchy, Joanna Newsom-style singing and Angus’s outpourings, which sound like a slightly gruffer Nick Drake. Backed by acoustic guitars, shuffling drums, piano and occasional strings and harmonica, the pair’s offerings come off like a more accessible Devendra Banhart or a kookier Magic Numbers – surely no bad thing.

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