RE­VIEWS

with ROD YATES

Men's Style (Australia) - - Books - OLYMPIA

Self Talk (EMI)

Mel­bourne based singer Olivia Bart­ley may have started her ca­reer as a folk singer, but she’s blos­somed into some­thing far more dy­namic. On her de­but al­bum un­der the moniker Olympia, the multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist os­ten­si­bly op­er­ates in the gui­tar pop sphere, but with the kind of neck twist­ing song­writ­ing and pro­duc­tion tics that both catch you o guard and, on the likes of “Fish­ing Knots/blood Vess­sels”, reel you in based on supreme com­mand of melody. An as­sured and fully re­alised de­but.

MOD­ERN BASE­BALL

Holy Ghost (Cook­ing Vinyl)

If the ad­vance word is to be be­lieved, Mod­ern Base­ball’s third al­bum might be the one to push the Philadelphia based in­die rock­ers over the top. Hugely emo­tional – it deals largely with the death of co-front­man Ja­cob Ewald’s grand­fa­ther and the bipo­lar di­ag­no­sis and near sui­cide of fel­low gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Bren­dan Lukens – the band’s Weak­erthans-meet­sPromise Ring style of rock rushes by in a blur of o’en sub-two minute songs that never come close to out­stay­ing their wel­come.

GARBAGE

Strange Lit­tle Birds (Mush­room)

You have to hand it to Garbage – while many acts who’ve been around more than two decades have joined the nos­tal­gia cir­cuit, they con­tinue to push them­selves son­i­cally and cre­atively. The re­sults on their sixth al­bum will not please ev­ery­one – it’s eas­ily their most cin­e­matic record to date, and im­me­di­ate hooks are light on the ground, with Shirley Man­son’s vo­cals pushed to the fore over the band’s mood­i­est ac­com­pa­ni­ment to date. Per­se­ver­ance will, how­ever, be re­warded.

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