RE­VIEWS

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GORDI Reser­voir (Lib­er­a­tion)

So­phie Payten has come a long way from her home­town of Canowin­dra (pop­u­la­tion 2,381). Reser­voir was recorded in mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions in be­tween study­ing medicine and tour­ing the world, ar­riv­ing at a sound that’s equal parts melan­cholic and up­lift­ing – pic­ture a less histri­onic Florence Welch and you’re in the right ball­park. A promis­ing de­but from the 24-year-old.

THE PREATURES Girl­hood (Univer­sal)

The Syd­ney quar­tet’s 2014 de­but LP, Blue Planet Eyes, cat­a­pulted them onto fes­ti­val stages and into some of Aus­tralia’s big­gest venues. Its fol­low-up proves their suc­cess was no fluke, veer­ing from Pre­tenders-es­que in­die rock (“Lip Balm”) to 1980s’ synth-laced pop (“Yanada”) and con­fes­sional bal­lads (“Your Fan”). Vo­cal­ist Izzi Man­fredi re­mains one of the coun­try’s finest front­women.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Vil­lains (Mata­dor/ Re­mote Con­trol)

What hap­pens when one of the world’s finest rock bands works with pop pro­ducer Mark Ron­son (Bruno Mars, Amy Wine­house) on their sev­enth al­bum? Well, the hard groove of opener “Feet Don’t Fail Me” sets the tone for a record made to make you move. It’s in no way a rad­i­cal rein­ven­tion, but a nice evo­lu­tion.

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