Brionne Naish, Melbourne Underground. Rating: 4 stars
It’s an open secret that Melbourne, Australia, is home to some of the world’s finest musicians, singers and songwriters. Independent label Phonoscope Productions has scoured the bars and pubs of Melbourne to bring you quality new music from this hive of creativity. Be amongst the first to discover these exceptionally talented artists!
The label’s debut release, Two Up: Double A-Sides, showcases two tracks each from six independent acts. With styles ranging from Liminal’s intensely dynamic blend of soul/rock, the Deborah Hocking Band’s haunting vulnerability, Goofang’s engagingly snappy ‘Flintstones rock’ and Paul William Ray’s heartfelt country tunes, the CD will delight and excite anyone who wonders why ‘they don’t write songs like that any more’. Two Up is a release that the listener will find themselves drawn to repeatedly, enjoying more with each listen.
Phonoscope Productions supports the ‘indie ethos’, working in partnership with independent bands and solo artists. The label focuses on acts with stellar musicianship, inspired vocals and well-crafted, memorable songs.