The Weekend Australian - Review
South Australian singer-songwriter Tom West didn’t name his fifth studio album after the continent, per se. The title track records his last trip to the beach in 2017 with his dying father; at the tip of SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula, it was so far south that the next land mass from there was Antarctica. This song is steeped in grief and regret, but it’s an outlier, as West rarely wallows in such negative emotions. Rather, his keening, androgynous voice — in an upper register that recalls Brian Aubert, frontman of Los Angeles indie rockers Silversun Pickups — is a joyously tuneful instrument, meshing with his finger-picked guitars, sprinklings of piano, bass and Ringo-like drums. West’s material, though betraying a Harvest-era Neil Young influence — as heard on the oddball A Folk Singer From Outer Space and confessional Nowhere to Go — is consistently strong, with memorably melodic choruses. Much of the album was written while on the road in the US, where West has been based since 2017, and overall this collection of songs reflects a concomitant sense of place.