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Music - Album of the week

Free Time In Search Of Free Time Bedroom Suck Records

25th Apr 16

Free Time - In Search Of Free Time

Bedroom Suck Records

In Search Of Free Time is the second album for the Melbourne quartet fronted by Panel of Judges' Dion Nania. Joined by members of Twerps, Totally Mild and Terrible Truths, the record is a sweeping, searching, soaring record of adventurous pop music. Out on Bedroom Suck Records.


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Gabriella Cohen Full Disclosure and No Details Independent the PR Files

18th Apr 16

Gabriella Cohen - Full Closure and No Details

Independent/ The PR Files

The debut solo album from Melbourne-based Gabriella Cohen is a masterfully written and produced display of modern songcraft. Each song playfully explores and redraws the boundaries of punk-infused pop, garage rock, surf, psych, and post-punk balladry. Inventive and revelatory arrangements are matched by the poeticism and incisiveness of Gabriella's lyrics. For new listeners "Full Closure and No Details" is an impressive introduction - or, for existing fans, a further demonstration - of the artist's unique skills and talents, as well as those of the band.


PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project Island Records Universal

11th Apr 16

PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

Island Records/Universal

"The Hope Six Demolition Project" is PJ Harvey's ninth album, recorded last year at Somerset House in London as an art installation open to observation by members of the public. While writing the songs (as well as her poetry book The Hollow of the Hand), the English artist Harvey traveled to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy. The lyrics capture PJ Harvey's exploration of these regions and investigations into themes of conflict, dislocation and inequality. The same disquiet and urgency reflects in the music. Mournful blues and discordant jazz tones permeate the rock soundscapes, all united by PJ Harvey's powerful vocals.


Charles Bradley Changes Daptone Records

4th Apr 16

Charles Bradley - Changes

Daptone Records

Charles Bradley, also known as "The Screaming Eagle of Soul", adds to his impressive catalogue of work on Daptone with latest album "Changes", named for an extraordinary re-interpretation of the Black Sabbath original. It's another assured collection of modern soul music, a reflection of the unique dynamic that exists between the superlative musicians of the Daptone camp, and the unique, compelling voice of Mr Bradley. Behind each song is a rare strength of emotion and wealth of experience that's deeply affecting.


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28th Mar 16

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

Caroline Australia

"Post Pop Depression" is the seventeenth studio album from the celebrated singer-songwriter, and rock music stalwart Iggy Pop. It was written and produced in collaboration with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal), and deals with themes of mortality, sensuality, and creative legacy. It is deeply reflective, melancholic, arriving as it does in the wake of profound personal tragedy and loss for both artists. The musical tone is energetic and intense, with grooves and angular riffs that recall Iggy’s earlier collaborations with his friend and mentor David Bowie. 


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down A Man Alive Domino EMI

21st Mar 16

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive

Domino/EMI

"A Man Alive" is the fourth album from San-Francisco-based singer, songwriter, and musician Thao Nguyen. The record offers a balance of deeply reflective lyrics, insightful storytelling and playfully adventurous arrangements. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs assists with production - her unique approach can be heard in the percussive funk and experimental pop configurations throughout this outstanding collection of new material.


The Drones Feelin Kinda Free Tropical Fuck Storm Secret Service

14th Mar 16

The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free

Tropical Fuck Storm Records/Secret Service

"Feelin' Kinda Free" is the title of The Drones' seventh studio album. What exactly that feels like is something the iconic Australian band address with characteristic insight and intensity over the course of the record. Songs deal with compromised or qualified freedom in politics, in media, in society and in personal encounters, either directly or phrased with allusion. There's absolute freedom though in the musical ideas on offer. Fans of The Drones and new listeners alike will find much to appreciate in the controlled chaos and experimental rock grooves and dirges.


Heron Oblivion Heron Oblivion Sub Pop Inertia

7th Mar 16

Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion

Sub Pop/Inertia

Heron Oblivion is a powerful quartet of American noise rock and psychedelic folk artists, each with their own history in the scene. Singer and drummer Meg Baird previously played in Philadelphia-based folk collective Espers and has three solo records released via Drag City label. Ethan Miller and guitarist Noel Von Harmonson were both members of Comets on Fire while second guitarist Charlie Saufley is also known for contributions to Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. This formidable set of talents is brought together to produce an exceptional album of vintage-leaning rock'n' roll both quietly internal and loudly expansive.


Ty Segall Emotional Mugger Drag City Spunk Caroline Australia

29th Feb 16

Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger

Drag City/Spunk/Caroline Australia

Ty Segall is a prolific musician, singer songwriter, and producer at the heart of San Francisco's vibrant garage rock community. This is Ty's eighth solo album in roughly ten years, released alongside numerous other records from his several bands, side-projects, and collaborations. Each record offers a new perspective on his writing, and "Emotional Mugger" is as playful as any in his catalogue, racing through ideas, riffs and psychedelic grooves.


Savages Adore Life Matador Remote Control

22nd Feb 16

Savages - Adore Life

Matador/Remote Control

"Adore Life" is the incendiary second album from rock and post-punk outfit Savages. It follows "Silence Yourself" which was released to acclaim in 2013, and extends on the songwriting strength and powerful performances of that debut. Lyrically the record centres on themes of love, with all the associated complexity and contraditions. For the arrangements Savages set out to take their rock and punk sound to extremities of noise and intensity.


Mavis Staples Livin' On A High Note ANTI Warner

15th Feb 16

Mavis Staples - Livin' On A High Note

ANTI-Warner

"Livin’On A High Note" is the new album from Mavis Staples, an iconic artist whose influence and impact in the fields of R&B, gospel, soul, and civil rights activism over many decades is unparalleled. The record features songs specifically written for Mavis by artists such as NickCave, tUnE-yArds, Neko Case and Aloe Blacc among others, and all are performed with singular skill and resonance. 


Lucinda Williams The Ghosts Of Highway 20 Highway 20 Records Cooking Vinyl

8th Feb 16

Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts Of Highway 20

Highway 20 Records/Cooking Vinyl

Lucinda Williams has been responsible for shaping the sound of alt-country and Americana music for over four decades, and "The Ghosts Of Highway 20" is a striking addition to her extraordinary, influential catalogue. The record follows 2014's "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone", and continues to explore similar themes of loss, love and heartbreak with Lucinda's inimitable lyrical skill. Musically the record is occasionally more sombre and subdued in tone: the country blues, soul and rock songs are played at a slower, mournful pace.


NO ZU Afterlife Chapter Music

1st Feb 16

NO ZU - Afterlife

Chapter Music

Melbourne's NO ZU are pioneers of Heat Beat and a global force in music. The dynamic group have created a new paradigm in polyrhythmic post-punk and contemplative club chaos: heavy percussion, urgent vocals and incendiary jazz phrases are layered in multi-instrumental arrangements that move the heart, feet and mind to exciting and unfamiliar places.


Tyrannamen Tyrannamen Cool Death Records

25th Jan 16

Tyrannamen - Tyrannamen

Cool Death Records

Tyrannmen are among the leaders of a new movement in punk music: for years their live shows have combined classic rock and roll with renegade R&B soul.  The self-titled debut on influential Cool Death records captures this controlled chaos and frenetic energy, a critical showcase of their skill as songwriters and performers.


David Bowie Blackstar Columbia Sony

18th Jan 16

David Bowie - Blackstar

Columbia/Sony

Blackstar is the twenty-sixth - and sadly final - album from the pioneering and ever-evolving English artist and musician David Bowie. His loss is keenly and profoundly felt: this record another testament to the uncompromising and unique vision Mr Bowie evidenced throughout a singular career. The moving arrangements and meditative lyrics are especially impactful and draw from traditions of abstract jazz and fusion. David Bowie's interest in recent recordings from Kendrick Lamar, Boards of Canada and Death Grips also inspired some of the ideas he explores on this record.


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14th Dec 15

Album Of The Week - Will return in 2016

Enjoy the Holidays!

After another incredible year of music, Triple R's Album Of The Week will be back in 2016.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Paper Mache Dream Balloon

7th Dec 15

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

Flightless Records/Remote Control

There aren't many bands with the imaginative scope, range and impressive work ethic of prolific Geelong band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. In a short amount of time the group have now produced seven albums and two EPs, each a unique constellation of sound in universe of psychedelic music. They even managed to get themselves nominated for a a Best Jazz album in the ARIAs for their last opus "Quarters". For this album King Gizzard recorded using only acoustic instruments: guitars, flute, double bass, fiddle, harmonica, drum kit, clarinet amongst others. The results are as brilliant as ever, a blend of gentle psych pop with jazz and folk inflections.


Terrible Truths Terrible Truths Bedroom Suck

30th Nov 15

Terrible Truths - Terrible Truths

Bedroom Suck Records

Terrible Truths are premier purveyors of modern post-punk and minimalist rhythmic rock. Beginning life in Adelaide, the now Melbourne-based three piece of Stacey Wilson, Rani Rose and Joe Alexander have spent the past few years refining their talents and songcraft to become one of the more thrilling live bands around. Recordings have been limited to the rare single or compilation track, which makes this debut album all the more anticipated. Existing favourites are combined with essential new material in this concise, powerful, playful collection.


Jaala Hard Hold Wondercore Island

23rd Nov 15

Jaala - Hard Hold

Wondercore Island

"Hard Hold" captivates with its powerful songwriting and performances. It's an extraordinary album led by the singular talents of singer, songwriter and guitarist Cosima Jaala. In imaginative reach and emotional impact "Hard Hold" is striking: Jaala draws from soul, rock, and punk, but playfully innovates new musical forms to convey the energy of her ideas. These songs soar even as they plumb deep seas of feeling.


Various Artists Buried Country 1.5 Warner Music Australia

16th Nov 15

Various Artists - Buried Country 1.5

Warner Music Australia

The original "Buried Country" album was a landmark release. It shared music and stories from Australian Indigenous artists in the field of country music, celebrating artists whose significant contributions had previously been underappreciated or obscured. Songs from musicians such as Lionel Rose and Jimmy Little were compiled by writer Clinton Walker, and the CD was accompanied by a book and documentary of the same name. Fifteen years later an expanded re-release brings us to the present day: a vital new chapter in the story of Australian Aboriginal country music. The previous compilation is accompanied by nineteen additional songs including incredible music from Ruby Hunter, Dan Sultan and Thelma Plum.


Floating Points Elaenia POD Inertia

9th Nov 15

Floating Points - Elaenia

POD/Inertia

Sam Shepherd is a DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist and neuroscientist. Or more simply: an overachiever. In the course of his career recording and performing as Floating Points he's established a reputation for innovation, and is known alongside contemporaries like Caribou and Four Tet as a leader in the modern dance realm. "Elaenia" is Floating Points' debut album, a suite of songs that display Sam's fascination with jazz and modern classical as much as his love of electronic and club music. The compositions are intricate, emotive, dynamic; sequenced to be enjoyed as individual movements or an entire set with a sweeping trajectory.


Joanna Newsom Divers Drag City Spunk

2nd Nov 15

Joanna Newsom - Divers

Drag City/Spunk

The singular vision and extraordinary talent of Joanna Newsom as a musician and songwriter is clearly documented on "Divers". The album explores a spectrum of themes from the physical to metaphysical, filled with stories of love, war, history and imagination. Joanna Newsom's melodies and arrangements are inventive, memorable, and moving as ever.


Power Electric Glitter Boogie Cool Death Records

26th Oct 15

Power - Electric Glitter Boogie

Cool Death Records

"Electric Glitter Boogie" is the debut album from Melbourne three-piece Power: a forceful blast of rock, punk and, well, electric glitter boogie. It's an uncompromising and original mix that reflects the chaos, charge, and charisma of their live shows, and further underlines why the band have earned comparisons to iconic groups like Coloured Balls and The Stooges. Power are with Cool Death, an exciting Australian label and renegade roster of artists behind a new wave of hardcore sounds in Australia.


Gold Class It's You Spunk Felte

19th Oct 15

Gold Class - It's You

Spunk/Felte

Gold Class have earned a reputation for their formidable live shows, and "It's You" captures the energy and intensity of these sets. The record is loaded with modern post punk jams, taut melodies, pummelling rhythms, and the distinctive baritone of singer Adam Curley. The record concludes with a quiet, affecting ballad that reveals the band's diversity as performers.


U.S. Girls Half Free 4AD Remote Control

12th Oct 15

U.S. Girls - Half Free

4AD/Remote Control

U.S. Girls is the recording project of Meghan Remy, and "Half Free" is her debut for the celebrated 4AD label. The album offers an incisive collection of stories: political and personal, strange and familiar, deeply affecting vignettes. Musically the record provides a series of epiphanies: distinct arrangements that reach back across decades and genres whilst also looking forward to a brave pop future. Sample-based beats, '60s soul, experimental R&B, damaged dub and disco are some of the many reference points on this exceptional LP.


Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness Domino EMI

5th Oct 15

Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness

Domino/EMI

Have You In My Wilderness is further evidence of Julia Holter’s singular skill as a writer and musician. The song structures are unique, combining Julia's interests in classical, jazz, and experimental pop styles. Following previous album Loud City Song, which was united by an overarching narrative, Julia has described Have You In My Wilderness as a collection of separate, short stories, with lyrics that explore subjects of love, trust, and balance in relationships. As always, the record is packed with ideas and sounds that reveal themselves over multiple listens, an endlessly rewarding collection of ballads.


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