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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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. *****
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.
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
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.
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.
Lalalala by The Girls From the Clouds
Jodi and Trish, half of The Clouds, reunited for a fast, furious and fun recording stint. The result is this ep, full of bubblegum/art/pop.