Author: Tia

Francesca De Valence Returns With ‘Songs De Paris’

Acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Francesca de Valence is returning home to tell the stories of her travels with her new shows Songs de Paris. In 2017, Francesca travelled to the bright, musical streets of Paris alone, with an empty notebook and an empty heart. She hoped to find inspiration for her song-writing, and was successful in her search for a muse. In Paris, she was able to connect with her French heritage, and began writing a body of work titled Songs de Paris. After returning to Australia and celebrating a season of sell-out shows, Francesca set off to Paris once...

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ÆTHER Sessions Returns For Show #9

ÆTHER Sessions are back for round nine, showcasing four mind-bending Brisbane acts on Woolly Mammoth’s Mane Stage on Friday, 27 July. Leading the pack as headliner are neighbourhood transcendental giants Belligerent Goat, who’ll be carving out a sonic shape of psych-rock that’ll make your brain melt (in a good way). The Brisbane Conduction Orchestra, the city’s newest improvisational ‘anti-ensemble’ will be opening the night, with math-jazz fusion The Biology Of Plants and dream-pop mavens Lava Nova completing the bill. Started in 2016 by a small team of Brisbane-based music lovers, ÆTHER Sessions is an audio-visual show series that showcases...

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Multi-Instrumentalist Matt Hsu Spins Musical Gold

Brisbane’s Matt Hsu is a man of many talents, and many instruments. From traditional instruments like piano to humble kitchen utensils, if you can play it, Matt Hsu slays it. If you need proof, look no further than his latest release, an instrumental hip-hop piece which features 20 instruments, all played by Matt. Determined to break down the barriers of traditional music genres, Matt defies definition, leaving himself open to endless musical possibilities. “The phrase music academics use is “stylistic pluralism” – not just being confined to one style but not following what happens to be ‘trending’ either,” he...

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Review: Noralyn’s Enchanting Sophomore EP ‘Lucid Dreaming’

With pop sensibilities and girl power anthems, Brisbane songstress Noralyn will have you singing along at the top of your lungs as she feeds you musical morsels of self-discovery on her sophomore EP, Lucid Dreaming, released last month. Inspired by finding your purpose while living with love, opening track Rebel Heart is full of intent. Mounting a challenge against the stereotype of listening to your heart, the track aims to incite a rebellious streak in its listeners. Pop-laden beats give nod to Noralyn’s previous work while her vocals remain simultaneously poignant, poised and out of this world. Wonder belongs...

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Review: Xander Holmes Makes His Mark With Sophomore EP ‘Into The Mist’

Xander Holmes may be relatively new to the local music scene, but he’s already making a mark with his sophomore EP Into The Mist, released 25 May. Into the Mist explores themes of insecurity, fear, and boldness with Xander using classic indie-pop stylings to convey his journey of self-discovery while struggling with self-doubt. Opening track Something Real recently won a Queensland Music Award, and it’s easy to see why with layers of soft vocals, meaningful lyrics, and addictive melodies. Title track Into the Mist further immerses listeners in Xander’s journey. Centred on finding courage and welcoming support, Xander says...

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