AU Review wrap-up: Nov/Dec 2021

Just a quick post to share a few bits and pieces I wrote for/contributed to The AU Review during November and December. Book reviews and a selection of interviews are regularly shared in full right here, so aren’t included in the wrap-up. You can find my full AU Review portfolio HERE.

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Track of the Week: The Terrifying Lows,
“Waiting for the Sun”
Originally published 03/11/21 – LINK

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but here in Brisbane its grey, stormy, and absolutely perfect for a track like “Waiting for the Sun“.

Damon Galgut takes home Booker Prize for The Promise
Originally published 04/11/21 – LINK

It was a case of third time lucky for author Damon Galgut, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize. Nominated in 2003 for The Good Doctor and again in 2010 for In a Strange Room, it was multi-generational saga The Promise that saw the South African writer finally score one of the most prestigious awards in literature.

Track of the Day: Camp Cope, “Blue”
Originally published 10/11/21 – LINK

After three and a half years, Melbourne’s Camp Cope are back! We’re might still be champing at the bit for news about that as-yet-unannounced third album, but if latest single “Blue” is anything to go by, it’ll be worth the wait.

Track of the Week: Placebo, “Surrounded by Spies”
Originally published 17/11/21 – LINK

With a new album on the way in 2022, British alt-rock icons Placebo have dropped another taster of what’s to come in the form of latest single “Surrounded By Spies“. Along with previous track “Beautiful James“, “Surrounded By Spies” feels like a shift back to the band’s Sleeping With Ghosts era, and it’s certainly got us excited for the release of Never Let Me Go next March!

Track of the Week: Sea Girls, “Hometown”
Originally published 24/11/21 – LINK

Who’s keen for some sing-along indie goodness? We know we are, and boy does this week’s Track of the Week deliver! “Hometown” is the latest from London’s Sea Girls, and we guarantee you’ll be belting out the chorus in no time!

Track of the Week: Budjerah, “Wash My Sorrows Away”
Originally published 01/12/21 – LINK

Budjerah is back on our radar with both a Splendour in the Grass booking and a new single – the dreamy, soulful “Wash My Sorrows Away“.

Track of the Week: Mal De Mer, “Do You See Me?”
Originally published 15/12/21 – LINK

Our final Track of the Week ahead of the Christmas break comes courtesy of Perth’s Mal De Mer! The six-piece have delivered a cracking dose of indie-pop in the form of latest single “Do You See Me?“, and it’s perfect for the lazy summer days ahead of us.

“Today? Why, today is Christmas Day!”
These are the best Christmas movies of all time!
Originally published 15/12/21 – LINK

We had so much fun listing all our spooky season favourites that we decided we needed a Christmas edition too! Huge thanks to DanielaLarryPeterAlaisdair, and Simon for their contributions!

Interview: Sunshine Coast’s PHIN on “Mistakes”, songwriting and The 1975
Originally published 16/12/21 – LINK

Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter PHIN has just released latest single “Mistakes”, the first look at upcoming EP Wasting Time. With previous track “Losing My Doubts” amassing more than 30,000 Spotify streams, it’s certainly an exciting time for the young artist!

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