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Sonum Vitae

by Jodi Phillis

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"six improvised tone-poems – charting impressions of life from conception to adolescence, Sonum Vitae is a remarkable body of music from the mind and heart of a truly remarkable musician. Phillis stresses that Sonum Vitae (‘The Sound of Life’) is ‘art, not pop’. The pieces are lush and evocative in a cinematic sense, shaping six surprisingly complete sound-worlds for each of the six life-stages (so far) – ‘Conception’, ‘Incubation’, ‘Birth’, ‘Infancy’, Childhood’ and ‘Adolescence’. ‘Conception’ sounds as mystical and mysterious as is the biology of that life-stage, with luminous vocal incanting before a steady rhythm begins a pumping incessance – the rhythm of sex but also reminiscent of Stravinsky‘s ‘factory of nature’ from The Rite of Spring – the rhythm of growth and life. This regular rhythm rises again and again across Sonum Vitae – a metaphor for the hammer of time that drives us through life, as well as the pulsing pump of life that won’t – can’t – let up. ‘Birth’ takes up the rhythm with cyber cellos pushing life out into the world and then – aaaaaaahhh – massed vocal like the light of the world outside the womb, and the warm love of mother. It may be ‘art, not pop’ but Phillis’ songwriting smarts cannot be helped – the nursery rhyme harpsichord that intros ‘Infancy’ and the Debussyesque wonky piano of ‘Childhood’ evoke these times of life where discovery is a minute-by-minute thing. ’Childhood’ also has a spoken word conversation between Mum and Dad on the meaning of Life and love, a conversation that is perfectly placed and apt. The final tone-poem ‘Adolescence’ is a pink-cloud 50s doo-wop vibe, mirror-ball flecked and romantic as romantic gets. The chorus ‘I’m just sitting on a cloud‘ evokes the opposite of what one would expect from a modern, angsty adolescence. But Phillis writes with such authority that we go with her vision wherever it may lead. Sonum Vitae is a remarkable work from one of the masters of Australian music and worth a deeper listen." John Hardaker, Orangepress, Nov '13.

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  1. 1 $1.60 Conception 05:50
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  2. 2 $1.60 Incubation 02:53
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  3. 3 $1.60 Birth 03:43
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  4. 4 $1.60 Infancy 03:46
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  5. 5 $1.60 Childhood 03:17
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  6. 6 $1.60 Adolescence 03:06
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Circle Suckers and Bubble Stars by Roger Loves Betty

Roger Loves Betty have completed their 2nd album, 'Circle Suckers and Bubblestars'. It’s more psychedelic, more rock and more dynamic than their debut. The harmonies are still prominent but there is more darkness, humour and a lot more electric guitar. There is even a secret track.

"this is lovely, gloriously pure pop." Michael Smith, Drum Media 27.04.10

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  1. 1 $1.69 Zebra Direkta 03:50
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  2. 2 $1.69 Forever 04:02
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  3. 3 $1.69 Where Are My Pants 03:31
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  4. 4 $1.69 Washer Woman Pool 04:23
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  5. 5 $1.69 Rebel Forever 03:48
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  6. 6 $1.69 Now That You're Mine 04:13
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  7. 7 $1.69 Open the Door to Your Life 02:24
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  8. 8 $1.69 People Power 03:00
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  9. 9 $1.69 Rising Up 04:12
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  10. 10 $1.69 Faith 03:39
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  11. 11 $1.69 Lollypoppin' 07:48
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Let Love Begin by Roger Loves Betty

LET LOVE BEGIN, Roger Loves Betty's debut album is a warm fuzzy road trip, laced with innocence. It is a portal into childhood, into the back seat of your parent's car listening to AM radio, travelling from town to town. "This album is a fairytale come to life. It is flawless in its simplicity and beauty, giving the listener a sense of peace and tranquillity about life. 'Let Love Begin' will put anyone in the perfect mood for a romantic picnic with a loved one, knowing that there is nowhere else you'd rather be". Ben Foley DB Magazine review 25.05.08

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  1. 1 $1.69 Love is Waiting 04:33
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  2. 2 $1.69 Walk in the Cool Night 04:39
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  3. 3 $1.69 I Wish You Love 03:22
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  4. 4 $1.69 Let Love Begin 03:44
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  5. 5 $1.69 Nobody Knows Me 04:31
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  6. 6 $1.69 The Driving Song 04:26
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  7. 7 $1.69 Crazy Life 03:51
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  8. 8 $1.69 Polkadots of Purpletown 03:37
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  9. 9 $1.69 Happy Song 02:20
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  10. 10 $1.69 Grumple 03:56
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Tahlia (Too Many Too Soon) by Roger Loves Betty and David Field

Our friend, David Field came over one day with a song he had written for his dear mate Kelton Pell. Kelton had recently lost his teenage daughter to suicide and Dave was moved to write this sad and beautiful song.

Tim and Dave sat down and worked on the arrangement for the song and then recorded it. Tim played all other instrumentation on the song and Jodi sang the vocals. A huge advertising campaign to help raise awareness of youth suicide in Australia came together over the following months. Half the proceeds of this recording will go the the Kids Helpline charity....www.kidshelpline.com.au
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  1. 1 $2.00 Tahlia (Too Many Too Soon) 04:38
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The Austinmer EP by The Glamma Rays

This is the first cd from The Glamma Rays. It features four beautiful tracks, all written and arranged by Jodi Phillis. The songs were all recorded at The Kitchen Recording House in March 2011 by Jodi with a bit of mixing help from Tim.

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  1. 1 $1.69 Notes and Rhythm 01:51
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  2. 2 $1.69 Austinmer 03:27
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  3. 3 $1.69 Finally My Heart 03:24
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  4. 4 $1.69 Follow My Heart 03:59
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The Wheel by Roger Loves Betty

Our mate Fieldsy came by one afternoon with an inspired chord progression....it became this song...beautiful and bent. Recorded in The Kitchen, this is a preview single of what RLB will be dishing up on the next album.

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  1. 1 $1.69 The Wheel 06:30
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Kitchen Songs by Tim Oxley

Review By Bernard Zuel - Sydney Morning Herald "Tim Oxley was the last in the famed North Coast musical family to strike out on his own, but he is by no means the least. His pleasurable second album has moments of funkiness, stabs at bouncy guitar pop and even a Coldplay-like journey in ‘Radiate.’ He’s at his best in the quieter sections such as ‘Warm Night’, a gorgeously drifting mood piece that is equal parts Ry Cooder and Elliott Smith. That minor gem is languorously followed by ‘Where The World Goes Away, and the Smith homage ‘Elliott’, which is operatically touched and reggaefied. To get a country-folk stunner such as ‘Johnny And June’ after all that is like having Christmas two days in a row."

**** out of 5

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  1. 1 $1.69 Stepford Husband 04:09
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  2. 2 $1.69 Drift Away 03:51
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  3. 3 $1.69 The Art of Happiness 03:32
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  4. 4 $1.69 Where the world goes away 04:32
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  5. 5 $1.69 Elliot 05:04
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  6. 6 $1.69 New boyfriend 03:23
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  7. 7 $1.69 Radiate 04:05
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  8. 8 $1.69 Johnny and June 02:27
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  9. 9 $1.69 One day in the life 04:19
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For Lovers, Artists and Dreamers by Jodi Phillis

'For Lovers, Artists & Dreamers' Album Reviews

Review By Kelsey Munro – Rolling Stone Magazine "The title succinctly expresses the feeling of much of the songs on the latest album from the ex Clouds singer/songwriter. She projects a feeling of fragile but stubborn conviction that there is beauty and idealism left in the world, with a weariness of pre-supposes the majority of people cannot or will not embrace it. Sticking with spare acoustic instrumentation and thoughtful, confessional lyrics for the most part, the music is gentle and warm, highly personal, often returning to themes of motherhood and domestic bliss. Particularly good are Phillis’ intricate vocal arrangements and harmonies. Phillis is an underrated national treasure."

**** out of 5

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  1. 1 $1.69 Portobello Rd 04:23
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  2. 2 $1.69 Falls St 04:01
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  3. 3 $1.69 Stranded 02:42
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  4. 4 $1.69 Little Sips 02:30
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  5. 5 $1.69 Greed V Humanity 04:33
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  6. 6 $1.69 You've No Idea 05:12
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  7. 7 $1.69 Ivy's Song 02:22
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  8. 8 $1.69 White Beanie 03:50
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  9. 9 $1.69 Lazy River 03:10
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  10. 10 $1.69 The Pier 03:07
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  11. 11 $1.69 True To Yourself 04:49
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It's All About Love by Tim Oxley

Review By Jon - http://www.stolenwine.co.uk 'My previous exposure to the Australian label Candle had consisted entirely of the witty pop of the Lucksmiths and Darren Hanlon, so the last thing I expected from Tim Oxley was delicate acoustic folk-pop that recalls Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Elliott Smith and Teenage Fanclub, with not a cheeky pun of a model aeroplane in sight.

Wow. "It's All About Love" is summer music at its most pure - built for picnics in the park or driving through the countryside with the windows down. Even the title suggest a sunny pastoral - "Fishing Song", "Gypsy Boy" and "Weeping in Love" amongst others - and the gentle, lazy backing is the perfect match to Oxley's hushed vocals. He shifts easily from sublime slices of pop such as "Are You My Friend?" and "Hey Watcha Doin' Today?" to more serious folk numbers like "Jive Dooli", but all the time holding the listener in the palm of his hand, whispering in their ear.

It's criminal that this album isn't widely available in the UK, only by mail order from Candle or from Rough Trade in London. If I knew anyone in Domino Records I'd be ringing them now and begging that they license this from Candle, as it would fit perfectly into their stable of (mostly American) alt-country and indie-folk artists. This record deserves to be more easy to get hold of. *****

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  1. 1 $1.69 House Husband 03:15
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  2. 2 $1.69 Love Desperado 04:07
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  3. 3 $1.69 Song of Sorrow 04:08
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  4. 4 $1.69 Are You My Friend 03:00
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  5. 5 $1.69 Fishing Song 02:55
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  6. 6 $1.69 Jezzabelle 04:57
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  7. 7 $1.69 Hey Watcha Doin' Today 02:49
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  8. 8 $1.69 Weeping in Love 03:30
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  9. 9 $1.69 Jive Dooli 04:16
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  10. 10 $1.69 To Watch the Earth From the Moon 03:24
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  11. 11 $1.69 Gypsy Boy 04:38
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In Dreams I Live by Jodi Phillis

A cool mixture of pop styles, from sad country ballads to quirky 1920's bossanova, with a death metal middle 8. Coming from the imagination of one of Australia's finest singer/songwriters, this album will take you to some dreamy, dark and intimate places. Jodi was nominated for two Aria awards for this work.

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  1. 1 $1.69 Pay 03:04
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  2. 2 $1.69 In Dreams I Live 02:47
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  3. 3 $1.69 Waiting, Wanting, Holding 03:07
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  4. 4 $1.69 The Ballad of Frances Piper 05:53
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  5. 5 $1.69 Come Over Sunday 03:19
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  6. 6 $1.69 Ride the Darkness 03:47
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  7. 7 $1.69 Leaves 03:00
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  8. 8 $1.69 For the First Time 05:04
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  9. 9 $1.69 Sixteen 04:15
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  10. 10 $1.69 Arrendlezgye 03:10
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  11. 11 $1.69 All These Crazy Songs 02:21
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Red Wine and Blue by The Dearhunters

Review by Matt Connors (Time Off Magazine)_In the main, The Dearhunters plough the neo-country vein of pop made famous by the likes of Wilco. The Dearhunters, though, manage to stamp it with their own style, as evinced by the West-Coast breeze of All Over Now, the somber lament of Ivy and the swirling harmonies of Ballerina. Vocals serve as the primary vehicle, from Tim Oxley’s smooth tone (much like that of Joe Pernice) to Jodi Phillis’ unmistakable set of chords with their ability to both soar and seduce. That said, much of the album’s resonance also stems from Greg Hitchock’s deft work on slide and Raph Whittingham’s restrained, toe-tapping beats. Although the predominant country feel stands-out, there’s a lot more going on across Red Wine and Blue. And best of all, it reveals new layers with each listen. An engaging debut. __**** out of 5

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  1. 1 $1.69 Mr Katherine 02:53
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  2. 2 $1.69 Heads 04:06
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  3. 3 $1.69 All Over Now 05:01
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  4. 4 $1.69 Ivy 05:11
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  5. 5 $1.69 Another Heart 04:02
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  6. 6 Free Ballerina 03:47
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  7. 7 $1.69 The Roman Song 02:45
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  8. 8 $1.69 Starling 04:49
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  9. 9 $1.69 Far From the Grace 03:10
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  10. 10 $1.69 Clothes 02:36
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  11. 11 $1.69 That Kind of Love 04:02
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  12. 12 $1.69 Alien Ship 06:01
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Lounge 'O' Sound by Jodi Phillis

Review by Adadeh Dastyari - Sydney Street Press The debut album from Clouds member Jodi Phillis is sure to evoke curiosity and raise expectation within the ranks of the bands considerable following. Featured performances from many celebrated musicians including Greg Hitchcock (You Am I), Suzie Higgie (Falling Joys), Andrew Byrnes (Taj Orange) and Tim Oxley (The Verys) to name a few, do nothing to ease the high expectations placed upon this album.

Phillis' angelic voice, however, can do no wrong and the listener should be far from disappointed . Sometimes art pop, sometimes country but predominately folk, Lounge O Sound is a collection of sublime, evocative songs. Tracks such as AWOL and A Prayer with their sweet folk style and infectious melodies are evidence of Phillis' sheer talent. Phillis' voice croons over cellos, keyboards, percussion and smooth guitars to create a world of pure emotion.

This album combines instrumental minimalism with Jodi Phillis' seductive voice. It submerges the listener in its beauty and should be enough to move even the most reluctant listener.

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  1. 1 $1.69 Smile 03:03
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  2. 2 $1.69 Ghost Waltz 02:17
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  3. 3 $1.69 Long Grain 05:09
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  4. 4 $1.69 Galactica 04:11
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  5. 5 $1.69 AWOL 02:47
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  6. 6 $1.69 A Few Moments with Greg 02:53
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  7. 7 $1.69 SLO 03:13
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  8. 8 $1.69 My Own Arms 02:39
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  9. 9 $1.69 Cupid 03:24
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  10. 10 $1.69 Protest Song 03:31
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  11. 11 $1.69 In Her Wake 04:27
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  12. 12 $1.69 A Prayer 03:53
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Room 15 by Grandview

Grandview are Tim Oxley and Trent Macnamarra. Album Review by someone on the net.

Sometimes the obscurity of some CDs in my collection makes me want to cry.

This may well be the perfect case in point. This little collection of sweet ditties gets very frequent airplay in our house, but has dropped off the musical radar otherwise (I can find not a single sample song for you guys to drool over anywhere on the Interwebs).

This duo popped into my world one day at the old Rob Roy hotel in Melbourne, playing support for some Candle band, and I was blown away. This is a hard reaction to acheive when you’re just two blokes on acoustic and steel guitars (and occasional harmonica) singing Simon & Garkfunkel-style harmonies, but that’s what Tim and Trent managed to do.

The album weaves a magical storyline of musicians seeking a better, more relaxing, and (dare I say it) harmonious life, and includes some outrageously touching and smirk-worthy lines (e.g. “spent half my savings drinking goodbye”).

This country-tinged gem warms my heart and lifts my spirits each and every time I spin it, and every person on Earth should own a copy.

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  1. 1 $1.69 Doctor Do Very Little 03:09
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  2. 2 $1.69 High on Life 03:51
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  3. 3 $1.69 Roll Over 03:32
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  4. 4 $1.69 By Your Side 03:39
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  5. 5 $1.69 Town to Town 03:31
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  6. 6 $1.69 Where I'll Be Waiting For You 04:16
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  7. 7 $1.69 Canvas Boy 04:00
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  8. 8 $1.69 Oh Me Oh My 05:49
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  9. 9 $1.69 You Would Love Me More If? 04:40
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  10. 10 $1.69 Dead Man 04:51
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  11. 11 $1.69 Diamond Eyes 01:18
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  12. 12 $1.69 Hand In Hand 06:02
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