James Thomson – THE MUSIC Review

Cold Moon       4/5 stars

May 2015 The Music         CLIPPING

Thomson’s debut (self titled) album was an introduction to a songwriter already sounding beyond his years in terms of his songs and their lived-in delivery.

That promise has been refined and stylistically expanded on this exceptional follow-up. Thomson imbues its themes of affairs of the heart, both good and bad, the way a city can wear you down and the desire to escape to the country, with convincing emotional vulnerability and weight, drawing from the blue/country/folk traditions. The resonant balance of melody, emotion and authenticity makes this one of the finest local Americana albums of recent years.    Chris Familton

Sam Shinazzi – Video “Bones” – great clip, great review

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HHHHAPPY 23 April 2015

Sam Shinazzi calls Sydney home in his new clip for Bones

Sam Shinazzi brings his thoughtful songwriting to life with this contemplative video for his clip Bones. Nice work Brett Knight.

Besides having an awesome name, Sam Shinazzi has been kicking around for a while charming folk with his alternative rock and personal, engaging storytelling. If you want proof check out his latest album Forever and For Now, to put it simply it’s brilliant. He’s a humble guy, so it makes sense that the video for Bones follows suit.

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Sam Shinazzi shines as a storyteller on FOREVER & FOR NOW

HHHAPPY  2 April 2015

by Debbie Carr
Somewhere in Sydney, hidden deep beneath aspiring rappers spitting rhymes about their ex’s and every local DJ’s latest chill house mix, Sam Shinazzi picks up his acoustic guitar. Now I’m not saying these fine musicians aren’t creating something special for the future of our music industry, but I’d just like to take a moment to appreciate what feels like the underrated sound of the moment; classic Australian alt-rock.
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Sam Shinazzi – BRAG Review

Forever & For Now       4/5 stars

April 2015 The Brag       CLIPPING

“I feel it in my bones, the fear of being alone,” sings Sam Shinazzi on ‘Bones’. It’s a moment of startling rawness, but typical of the intimacy and directness of this record, which benefits hugely from its heart-on-sleeve candour. On ‘Go’ he’s weighed down with regret as a relationship flounders, while ‘Grieving’ is matter-of-fact statement of loss.
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Perry Keyes – WHO WEEKLY Review

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Sunnyholt is a concept album about battlers. With references to Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, the La Perouse snake show and wrestler Mario Milano we could be nowhere but Sydney. The title track is what Lou Reed would have written if he grew up in 1970’s Blacktown rather than ’60s New York. Like poet Kenneth Slessor, who wrote of Kings Cross, “You find this ugly, I find it lovely.” Keyes finds beauty in the stories of the down-but-not-quite-out, creating working-class poetry from their lives and surroundings.    3 ½ Stars  Barry Divola

Mark Moldre – SPEED DATE with BRAG

BRAG 18 March 2015

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We’re a band of misfits and marauders. We’re gin and green tea drinkers. We’re a group of musical pillager’s who sound like the un-oiled wheels on a lurching gypsy caravan. If you listen very closely you’ll experience tender romance and dark corners, death and redemption, human struggle versus biblical consequences, dreams/nightmares and bad weather. We can be as gritty as a 1920’s speakeasy and as smooth as Sinatra at The Sands.
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Mark Moldre – French connections!

A lovely story from Mark Moldre

I’m not sure if anyone will remember – a few weeks back I posted a photo of a few French Madeleine’s and a message that I received from a French pastry chef and her staff about how much they enjoyed my new song Madeleine which they’d been playing on YouTube. I was so chuffed that I sent them a copy of the album. Their response has truly bowled me over.

Today I received a parcel which contained a bottle of French wine and a USB stick full of all their favourite French music. At the bottom of the box was a letter and a small wooden carving – which was actually a pen knife called an Opinel. Apparently its a French institution that French men and some women carry one for cutting bread or cheese (they receive one at a young age). This particular knife though was purchased from a French artist who will carve your likeness into the handle – he usually refuses to work from a photo but chef’s Severine and Charlotte went to visit him a photo of me – and – Beef Bourguignon, Chocolate Cake and a bottle of wine to be sure that he would accept. He even included my cigar box resonator guitar.

My daughter now thinks I’m famous. I’m enjoying that while it lasts. Incredible kindness from wonderful people that I’ve never met on the other side of the globe – it really knocked me off my feet.

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See Mark at the National Folk Festival   ask him to cut you some cheese!!!

Perry Keyes – RHYTHMS Review

Jeff Jenkins  (March/April 2015)  Rhythms Magazine

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Perry Keyes calls them “ghost stories”. The title of his new album, Sunnyholt, refers to the road leading out west in Sydney, which delivered more than 150,000 people in the late-’60s, early-’70s. As the inner-city slums were cleared for high-rise and medium-density housing, the people were “re-settled”, promised jobs and a new start.

Sunnyholt tells the story of the families that fell between the cracks. Deep in the heart of nowhere.

One of the album’s main characters is based on Keyes’ Uncle Ronnie, an old boxer – “a 50-fight failure” – who had a face with “a lot of character, like a dropped pie”. “When he talked,” Perry explains, “it was like he was telling me ghost stories. When you get old, you collect a lot of those.”

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Perry Keyes – WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN Review

“Sunnyholt”  3 ½ Stars

Perry Keyes has carved an impressive niche in the rock landscape with songs that mourn and celebrate in equal measure the history and culture of the neighbourhood in which he grew up,  Sydney’s Redfern, Waterloo and surrounding suburbs.  This latest album, his fourth and the first part of a two-album series, takes that principle a step further with 10 songs that document, poetically and with a mixture of passion, humour and nostalgia, how those same suburbs evolved in the 1960’s and 70’s, when much of the population moved west to accommodate inner-city development.  Musically Keye’s previous albums such as “Meter ” and “The Last Ghost Train Home” switch between atmospheric folk to all-out rock ’n’ roll, a style that has seen the name Springsteen mentioned in his wake.  Certainly his vivid descriptions of working-class life are from the same well, but Keyes sings from his own heart and is joined here most impressively by singer Bek-Jean Stewart on the despairing Shitville.  There’s more than a touch of Lou Reed in the strings-laden title track, a somber ballad documenting the contrasting cultures on the streets he knows: “The inner city’s fine if you can spend your time on 10 types of coffee and low-fat food”.  The opening of The Soft Blue Sky, a sea shanty tune topped by horns, also looks back at better times, while Brylcreem Alcohol and Pills is biting and nostalgic.  Sunnyholt is singular in its vision.  Maybe part two will broaden the palette.

Weekend Australian 14-15 Feb 2015 – Iain Shedden

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Perry Keyes – RHYTHMS Magazine – Review & Interview

“Sunnyholt”  Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere

ARTICLE  12 Feb 2015

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Perry Keyes is “backstage” at Melbourne’s Basement Discs (it’s actually just a tiny space behind a curtain). The store’s Pat Monaghan asks how he’d like to be introduced. “Feel free to talk me up,” Keyes jokes. “But don’t call me ‘Sydney’s Bruce Springsteen’ – everyone will expect me to go on stage and jump from amps and slide on my knees.”

Perry Keyes is not your typical rock star. There’s no swagger. Indeed, he walks with a limp – the result of being the last laboratory-confirmed case of polio in Australia. 

Keyes spent most of his early life in hospital. Music was his way of feeling connected to the world.             Continue reading