The Playlist: Coastal Cruisin’

I’m fortunate enough to live only a few hours from the Great Ocean Road. For those who have never been, it’s a stretch of windy highway along Victoria’s beautiful coastline. I travel along the Great Ocean Road a few times a year, and each time, I rediscover my love for beachy, alternative indie music: the type…

The Playlist: Young and In Love

Love is so much more than mere romance – it’s an exhilaration of passion, and of rage, and of sorrow. It’s angst and triumph, it’s addiction, and friendship and self-perception. It’s insecurity and affection. It’s at the forefront of “human” – it’s the bane of our existence, yet it’s the crux of every single happy occurrence….

The Playlist: Noughties Britannia Part Two

As promised (to all my fans OMG love u), here’s part two. There’s just something about the noughties/The UK that gets my girdle going. I can’t explain it. It’s an aesthetic I cherish – the clothes, film, music, pop culture – AHH I can’t get enough. I’m like a weeaboo but for the UK (A…

Album Review: Arthur Beatrice – Keeping The Peace

Having previously been hailed by critics as the new The xx, Arthur Beatrice’s latest offering, Keeping The Peace redefines their distinctive sound, and takes it to a whole other planet. Following the release of their 2014 debut, Working Out, Keeping the Peace ups the ante – breathing a level of both emotion and passion not…

Album Review: Jake Bugg – On My One

Jake Bugg is no stranger to success. With a smoldering of a Gallagher brother, the 22-year-old is hardly the ideal pop star poster boy. Yet, being a little rough around the edges is what has propelled Bugg into indie-rock superstardom, having had his 2012 self-titled debut enter the UK charts at number one. Four years…

Romanticisation of Suburbia: The Ultimate Youth FOMO

“The idea of being bored and reckless in a white-picket-fenced small town setting is something that has fascinated teen-directed media for a while. Yet, it’s more than an idea – it’s an aesthetic, or a sequence of visuals that has turned feelings of teenage angst into an unattainable “perfect” version of youth. Think: blue-toned bedroom-situated…

The Playlist: Noughties Britannia Part One

I buy music often. Merch at concerts, CDs from my local Salvos to play in my shitty 1997 Ford Laser, old vinyls (despite not having a record player. Gotta do it for the aesthetic, duh), the occasional iTunes song when there’s no YouTube link, and, music magazines. Working weekends at my local newsagency reminds me…

Dear Diary: Save Me From My Crippling Gen Y Anxiety

I never anticipated being young and afraid. From an early age I had envisioned my youth to be full of frivolity and beauty. The world would be my oyster. I’d follow my dreams, I’d make memories. Instead, I find myself at nineteen-and-a-half contemplating my last months of “teen”, and, as such, what the fuck I’ve…

Album Review: Gypsy & The Cat – Virtual Islands

Since hitting it big in 2010 with the release of their debut LP, Giglamesh, Melbourne electro-pop duo Gypsy & The Cat have become a staple in the Australian indie music scene, thanks to their high rotation on Triple J. Following their immense success, the Melbourne outfit have  released their third, and sadly, final LP, Virtual Islands out…