Cloud Control Bliss Release (Infectious Music)
PLENTY of Aussies have taken refuge in the sounds of this Sydney outfit, including victims of the Brisbane flood for whom they played a benefit.
Sporting an easy-going blend of harmonic pop and Fleet Foxes meets David Byrne-style vocals, there’s a nostalgic, occasionally psychedelic feel to the likes of Meditation Song and the more urgent Nothing In the Water while single This Is What I Said and Death Cloud present a joyful bop.
The Bookhouse Boys Tales To Be Told (Black Records)
IT’S a pity their tour misses our post code as the turbulent cantering within the sleeve of this varied offering must sound impressive issued by their live eight-strong rock ‘n’ roll orchestra.
Straying from rowdy bar band to ’50s prom outfit, they display a knack for variety that evades labelling but makes for an entertaining listen.
While there’s a danger of ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ vibe, they have the manpower to pull off most with style.
The Felice Brothers Celebration, Florida (Loose Music)
THIS band of two brothers and three hardened chums continue their appetite for dodging conventional studios with a record made in an old upstate New York school, instead of their converted chicken coop.
Former buskers, their music still displays a sense of freedom be it in Americana moments or the more expressive leaps into jazzier territory, tossing horns and ambient synths into a smorgasbord of instrumentation to be somehow laid back yet busy.