IAN MOSS

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Ian Moss

Blood­lines

Nearly 30 years on from his chart-top­ping solo de­but Match­book and more than 20 since his last col­lec­tion of orig­i­nals, 1996’s Petrol­head, Ian Moss rides again. Work­ing with Nashville-based Aussie song­writer Sam Hawk­sley and pro­ducer Pe­ter Walker of Perth 70s hard-rock out­fit Bak­ery, the Cold Chisel gui­tarist com­bines his soul­ful voice and sup­ple fret-work across 11 clas­sic rock songs im­bued with snatches of soul, blues and coun­try. Chisel’s Don Walker plays bar-room pi­ano on the rol­lick­ing A Girl Like You, while Charley Dray­ton drums on all bar one track, mean­ing this self-ti­tled record de­liv­ers pre­cisely what you’d ex­pect. Top shelf Mossy. Si­mon Collins

AUGIE MARCH Bootikins

Caro­line Aus­tralia Bootikins was the child­hood nick­name of Ro­man em­peror Caligula, a blood­thirsty tyrant who couldn’t keep it in his toga. Sound fa­mil­iar? The an­cient past and trou­bling present col­lide on Augie March’s free­wheel­ing sixth stu­dio al­bum. Af­ter fir­ing his imag­i­na­tion hol­i­day­ing in Italy, front­man Glenn Richards brought it home to Ho­bart and Mel­bourne with his band mates and pro­ducer Tony Co­hen, who died half­way through record­ing. Rather than rest on their lau­rels, the Au­gies un­veil up-tempo psy­che­delic pop on high­lights such as The Heav­i­est Stone and the ti­tle track, be­fore stretch­ing out on pas­toral closers I Hur­tle Back to a Con­ser­va­tive Locker and Bit­ter Clingerzz. Si­mon Collins

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