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Big Thief Capacity Saddle Creek Spunk! Records

19th Jun 17

Big Thief - Capacity

Spunk!/ Saddle Creek

Adrianne Lenker has a deep understanding of songcraft, developed over almost two decades in music. Her guitar playing began at six years old, there was a first solo record was released at 14, and a few years ago her dream of finally starting a band was realised. Big Thief's debut - a lifetime in the making - was called"Masterpiece", filled with intimate autobiographical and allegorical storytelling. The new songs are just as powerful, expressions of personal and universal mysteries; of interconnectedness, family, identity, suffering and transcendence.This sublety and complexity is mirrored in the arrangements, which draw on indie, rock and folk traditions.

Past Albums of the Week


Ella Thompson Janus HUB Caroline Higher Plains

25th May 15

Ella Thompson - Janus


"Janus" is the debut solo album from the extradinarily talented and extremely prolific Ella Thompson, well known for her other projects including GL, Dorsal Fins, Axolotl and The Bamboos. "Janus", named for the Roman god of beginnings, is indeed something of a new start, but also builds on Ella Thompson's extensive catalogue, blending soul, synth-pop, ballads, electro, and boogie styles.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra UMO Multi-Love Jagjaguwar Inertia

18th May 15

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love


"Multi-Love" is the third album from Ruban Nielson's Unknown Mortal Orchestra; a characteriscally vibrant mix that represents a new stage in the artist's evolution. There's the lo-fi breakbeats, affecting vocal performances and fuzzed out guitars that marked the earlier records, and there's also the addition of more instruments and a richer range of pop, prog and soul songwriting. Serving as something of a new blueprint for psychedelic funk, "Multi-Love" is an expansive record that's equally introspective in its explorations of life and relationships.

Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon Flying Buddha Sony

11th May 15

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon

Flying Buddha/Sony

Melbourne outfit Hiatus Kaiyote continue to innovate and captivate with their second album. Having already impressed local and global audiences with their Tawk Tomahaw album and extensive touring, Hiatus Kaiyote demonstrate once more their extraordinary strength and versatility as performers on record. The music presented covers a wide spectrum of styles, blending soul, jazz, funk, electronic, beats and even arcade game soundeffects amongst other hybrid forms.

Blur The Magic Whip Parlophone Warner

4th May 15

Blur - The Magic Whip


"The Magic Whip" marks the anticipated return of Blur. The iconic English group rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s, but remain a vital force in contemporary music. These new songs serve as a reminder of Blur's unique skill for pop and rock writing, and also demonstrate the band's continued drive toward experimentation in their arrangements.

Marlon Williams Marlon Williams Caroline Universal

27th Apr 15

Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams


The self-titled debut from Marlon Williams is an exceptional album of soaring soul and rock and roll. The New Zealand born, Melbourne-based artist has earned a reputation for his captivating live shows, and the same emotive vocal delivery and skilful balladry are on full display across this collection of songs.

Alabama Shakes Sound Color Rough Trade Remote Control

20th Apr 15

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Rough Trade/Remote Control

A kaleidoscopic rock and psychedelic soul record from the American outfit led by Brittany Howard. Heavy rhythms, soaring vocals and rich instrumentation combine to produce a compelling, and unique listening experience.

Totally Mild Down Time Bedroom Suck Records

13th Apr 15

Totally Mild - Down Time

Bedroom Suck Records

Down Time is the debut LP from Melbourne four-piece Totally Mild, led by Elizabeth Mitchell; a captivating album of blues-inflected rock and atmospheric pop that draws on classic songwriting yet feels completely new. Down Time transports the listener with its impressive performances and spacious production, creating a rich listening experience of vivid melodies, crisp percussion, hazy textures and beautiful harmonies. The songs linger like a blissful daydream.

Sufjan Stevens Carrie Lowell Asthmatic Kitty Inertia

6th Apr 15

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Asthmatic Kitty/Inertia

"Carrie & Lowell" is a softly spoken album with immense emotional impact. Over his career Sufjan has demonstrated great versatility, capable of producing grand orchestral compositions as well as more intimate folk recordings. This record returns to those sparse acoustic sounds, offering an affecting backdrop to Stevens' lyrics. The songs themselves are a deeply personal exploration of grief, relationships, family, love and loss.

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly Universal

30th Mar 15

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly


The third album from hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar has already been acclaimed as a masterpiece and instant classic. To Pimp A Butterfly is a detailed narrative journey and meditation on contemporary American society and history; it’s a personal and universal account, covering politics, race, and religion. Musically the record is also complex, drawing from numerous sources including P-Funk, jazz, spoken word and soul.

Ibeyi Ibeyi XL Recordings Remote Control

23rd Mar 15

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

XL Recordings/Remote Control

Ibeyi is the recording project of French-Cuban fraternal twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díazan. Their debut self-titled album is a fascinating hybrid, filled with music that draws upon their Yoruban heritage as well as their love of hip hop, electronic pop, soul and jazz. The result is a collection that's beautiful, haunting, personal and powerful.

Courtnet Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit Marathon Remote Control

16th Mar 15

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

Marathon / Remote Control

Courtney Barnett is a unique voice in modern rock; a master lyricist and musician who draws from every aspect of life to compose songs that are as playful as they are profound.  Previous EPs and singles have all become cult classics, and this album - filled with more eloquent observations and subversive garage rock, blues and pop jams - is destined for the same status.

Dick Diver Melbourne Florida Chapter Music

9th Mar 15

Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida

Chapter Music

Dick Diver return on their third album with another show of inspired songwriting. The Melbourne band's inimitable style of classic guitar pop is on full display, a musical backdrop to musings and deep lyrical reflections on life, memory, place and relationships. There's some subtle, and also some dramatic shifts from previous records here as well;  contemplative ballads and bold rock arrangements filling the album with varied pace and sonic texture.

Pearls Pretend You're Mine Dot Dash Remote Control

2nd Mar 15

Pearls - Pretend You're Mine

Dot Dash / Remote Control

Pretend You're Mine is the anticipated debut album from Melbourne three-piece Pearls. Formed in 2011, the group have spent the past few years refining their distinct musical identity in the studio and on the stage, drawing from and building upon a number of rock traditions. The result is a collection of bold musical arrangements as well as subtle and seductive melodies, combining elements of glam, shoegaze, psych and classic guitar pop.

Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again Spunk caroline

23rd Feb 15

Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again


Jessica Pratt's debut album was a pure revelation when it arrived in 2012. Like an undiscovered folk masterpiece of the late '60s or early '70s, the record was a perfect showcase for Jessica's compelling voice, acoustic melodies and melancholic stories. The recordings were homemade, and exhibited an uncommon warmth and intimacy in their gently faded, tapeworn state. Jessica's second album On Your Own Love Again is eagerly anticipated, and provides another glimpse into her unique songwriting world. Plaintive, contemplative, uplifting and inspiring, the album shows how very much can still be produced with the essential elements of songcraft and a subtle ear for melody and atmosphere. 

Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper Domino EMI

16th Feb 15

Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper


Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is a vivid showcase of the distinctive psychedelic sound that Noah Lennox has pioneered and perfected during his career. It's a unique musical experience with layered and looping melodies, percussion, synths and vocals. As always there are elements of rock, folk, hip hop, electronic and abstract pop, as well as undefined and unexplored styles. It is also a philosophical experience, as Panda Bear shares reflections on life, mortality and identity.

sleater-kinney no cities to love

9th Feb 15

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

Sub Pop/Inertia

Riot-grrrl legends Sleater-Kinney surprised all with the sudden release of their first studio album in ten years. It's a passionate, powerful and concise set by songwriting pair Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, along with drummer Janet Weiss. No Cities To Love is full of the bristling energy, complex post-punk melodies, and searing lyrics that made the Olympia, Washington trio an icon of '90s alternative rock.

twerps range anxiety album art

2nd Feb 15

Twerps - Range Anxiety

Chapter Music/Merge Records

Twerps' second full-length is laced with seemingly effortless melodies and some of their most immediate pop hooks to date. Range Anxiety, the band's follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut and first release since signing to US label Merge Records, is a deceptively simple guitar-pop record, which sees the Melbourne band further refine their jangly and familiar sound. With this album, recorded in 2013 before last year’s Underlay EP, Twerps continue to expand their repertoire of timeless Australian pop songs.

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22nd Dec 14

No Album Of The Week - Returning in 2015

Enjoy the Holidays!

After another incredible year of music, Triple R's Album Of The Week will return in 2015.

Hookworms The Hum Domino Weird World Domino EMI

15th Dec 14

Hookworms - The Hum

Domino/Weird World/EMI

"The Hum" is a confident return for Leeds-based band Hookworms. The album draws from a rich history of punk, noise, psychedelic pop traditions, propelled in parts by strong motorik rock rhythms. There's a variety of pacing too, with meandering melodies and gentle drones forming the basis of absorbing songs such as "On Leaving."

Cut Copy Oceans Apart Cutters Records

8th Dec 14

Various Artists - Cut Copy Presents Oceans Apart

Cutters Records

Cut Copy have spent years producing and performing cutting edge dance music but they are also discerning DJs and selectors, a fact fully displayed on "Oceans Apart". The 19-track release is an impressive survey of some favourite Melbourne producers, and a celebration of this city's club culture and influential dance music scene. The vinyl/digital compilation features a range of leading artists including No Zu, World's End Press, Andras & Oscar, Speed Painters, Tornado Wallace and many others.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders Playmates Self Portrait Inertia

1st Dec 14

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - Playmates

Self Portrait/Inertia

"Playmates" is perhaps the most definitive statement of intent yet from Sydney's Jack Ladder. A master of melodrama and intrigue, Jack Ladder is here accompanied by his all-star cast of Dreamlanders, the exceedingly talented Kirin J Callinan, Laurence Pike and Donny Benet. Production is handled by Kim Moyes of The Presets, and the sum of these parts adds to an emotionally engaging and musically adventurous trip. There's elements of cold wave, 80s synth pop, country, and rock ballads, all anchored by Ladder's distinctive baritone.

Ariel Pink Pom Pom 4AD Remote Control

24th Nov 14

Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

4AD/Remote Control

To expect the unexpected is a safe approach to any new Ariel Pink record. For starters Pom Pom is the first album in a highly prolific career to be solely attributed to Ariel Pink, but by his own admission it’s also the most collaborative. Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, and famed/infamous Kim Fowley of ‘70s rock group The Runaways contribute to the collage, along with other band members (including Melbourne's own Shags Chamberlain). The result is a characteristic, unpredictable mix of wistful AM radio rock, strange tape textures, stream of consciousness skits, and stream of unconscious pop, including standout single Put Your Number In My Phone

Black Cab Games Of The XXI Olympiad Interstate 40 Music Remote Control

17th Nov 14

Black Cab - Games Of the XXI Olympiad

Interstate 40 Music/Remote Control

The anticipated new album from Melbourne's Black Cab is another inspired collection of songs, this time themed broadly around the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Evoking the tension, exhilaration and sonic spectrum of the time, Black Cab once again prove masters of mood and narrative. Early electronic, analogue dance music, synths, and spoken word samples are all employed to craft a unified record that extends on their earlier post-punk and psychedelic styles. Crafted over several years, the LP also features contributions from Lowtide's Lucy Buckeridge, Mon Brumby, Shags Chamberlain, and former Black Cab members Steve Law, Anthony Paine, Rich Andrew and Alex Jarvis. Needless to say, it's a Gold Medal performance all around.

Andras And Oscar Cafe Romantica Chapter Music Dopeness Galore

10th Nov 14

Andras And Oscar - Cafe Romantica

Chapter Music / Dopeness Galore

Café Romantica is the brilliant second record from friends and collaborators Andras and Oscar. Otherwise known as Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung, the two Melbourne artists have spent years refining their craft, and earning a reputation for their hip hop, boogie, R&B and dance music. Their forces combine on this album to produce another collection of instant classics. The title is a nod to the after-hours eatery where the two would rest and relax following work in the studio, a place to meet friends and make memories. The music draws from early analogue house recordings, and evokes the gently melancholic, romantic haze of the early hours of the morning. There’s traces of modern soul, 80s funk, and a distinctive local vocabulary of sounds unique to Andras and Oscar.

Lucinda Williams Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone Highway 20 Records

3rd Nov 14

Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

Highway 20 Records

An extraordinary double-album from an artist whose work has been instrumental in defining and shaping alt-country and Americana music. The expansive collection presents Lucinda Williams' lyricism at its most incisive and illuminating, encompassing her personal experiences and the whole human condition. Musically the country blues, soul and rock arrangements are rich and generous in detail, with each musician performing at their best.

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