These are in no particular order, but each of these albums grabbed my attention in 2012 and I fear they may have slipped under the critical radar (maybe you have not even heard of these artists until now). So here’s five albums that spun endlessly at Lost Shark Headquarters in 2012.
Soaring in its beauty and cinematic in its scope, Charge Group’s eponymous second album has been a staple for me this past 12months. And what has made the album so dear to me is the fact that I got to experience it live, not once, not twice, but three times in 2012… the highlight of these shows being the intimate instore show at Jet Black Cat Records. Here’s the band playing Gold is Gone live at Brisbane Festival (complete with me hooting at the end). Seriously a contender for album of the year!
This is a posthumous release, but let me say from the outset, it is brimming with the life, love and energy that Rilen oozed. Rilen, for those who are not familiar with his work helped to define the shape and sound of Australian music, so it is fitting that his final recordings see the light of day. He was and will remain, our greatest ever, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Man’. The album is studded with gems. Here’s the opening track, the blues-fuelled, Wishing Well.
Mia Dyson – The Moment
After being tested to her limits in her quest to ‘make it’ in the USA, Dyson has returned triumphant with an album that will reach deep inside you. The songs on The Moment have a timelessness about them; a raw, heartbroken honesty combined with some mighty fine rock hooks that make the album one that you want to sing along to (and I mean sing loud!). Here’s one of the quieter moments on the album, the bittersweet, Tell Me.
The Fauves – German Engines
Australia’s [criminally underrated] masters of sardonic rock, The Fauves have had a creative flurry this past couple of years, releasing Japanese Engines in 2011 and following it up last year with the equally brilliant, German Engines. No-one does tongue-in-cheek like The Fauves… here’s a perfect example, the brilliantly dry, Six Minute Abs (played live here by Coxy and The Doctor).
The Stress of Leisure – Cassowary
Brisbane-ites, The Stress of Leisure released their fourth album, Cassowary; an album that brings together songs about fitness, sex, sharks, cocktails and of course, very large tropical birds. It’s indie-rock at its irreverent best; with hooks as sharp as a Cassowary’s talons, the album will work its way under your skin and have you stylishly nodding along to song after song. Here’s the epic, Sex Times.