Music Reviews

Spookyland: Beauty Already Beautiful

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BEAUTY ALREADY BEAUTIFUL
([PIAS])
Debut release from Sydney alt country/folk rockers.
8/10

Singer/songwriter Marcus Gordon explores the virtue of poetry on the Australian quartet’s first full release. Do we need a poet to interpret a beautiful sunset for us? Is all poetry pointless? Gordon explores the dichotomy that all words either romanticise or distil reality. Poetry, at its best, should be an incantation, a ritual of words to open up the magic of the world. Gordon’s lyrics are clever and self-aware; add to that some bloody cool riffs and you’ve got a band on the top of their game. There are great anthemic tunes like Rebellion, and the Stones’ like blues of Big Head. There are hints of Neil Young and The Waterboys. Gordon has a distinctive singing voice full of yearning that spills emotion. It’s a voice, and a band, to take note of.

This review first appeared in Louder Than War magazine Issue 4 May/June 2016

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