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61- 615 O’Shea Sony Mu­sic www.the­re­aloshea.com

Nashville-based Aus­tralian hus­band and wife duo O’Shea have recog­nised the im­por­tance of both abodes with the re­spec­tive phone pre­fix codes in the ti­tle of their fourth al­bum 61- 615. Mark and Jay O’Shea har­monise nicely on ‘Start Over’, a strong acous­tic num­ber, while Mark goes it solo on the slightly heav­ier ‘Karaoke and Corona’. Aussie gui­tarist Lloyd Spiegel adds some sub­tle blues touches to ‘Just Got Real’, Jay takes lead vo­cals on the bal­lad ‘The Trou­ble With You’, and then O’Shea re­cruit fel­low Aus­tralians Travis Collins and The Wolfe Broth­ers for a smart ver­sion of the John Farn­ham hit ‘Play­ing To Win’. O’Shea has de­lib­er­ately kept away from the big Nashville sound on 61- 615, leav­ing the songs with a clean, crisp fin­ish.

STAND IN THE MID­DLE The Set­tle­ment In­de­pen­dent www.the­set­tle­ment15.band­camp.com

The mu­sic of Vic­to­rian five­piece band The Set­tle­ment lies some­where be­tween Amer­i­cana, al­ter­nate coun­try and roots mu­sic on new al­bum Stand In The Mid­dle, al­though the waltz-timed ‘Clean Trou­ble’ with its com­bi­na­tion of vi­o­lin and pedal steel gui­tar hints at tra­di­tional coun­try. The earthy vo­cals of lead singer and chief song­writer Adrian Cal­vano gives the band its in­di­vid­u­al­ity, and he also adds banjo to the up-tempo ‘She Feels Like Home’, while the slower ‘Blood Moon’ echoes the style of for­mer Aus­tralian folk group Redgum. The band sings of ben­ders and hang­overs on ‘A Ho­tel In Brunswick’, how­ever its ‘Carolina’ that takes the man­tle of the al­bum’s stand­out track, with the ti­tle track not far be­hind.

GREG BUSH

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