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This is from Perth, turned Melbourne band, Sodastream. Specifically, its from their 2003 album, A Minor Revival. Sodastream seem to have garnered a remarkable level of success outside Australia. They have done very well for themselves in Europe. Yet they seem to struggle to make Australian's sit up and notice. Is it their slightly twee style? The Australian aversion to fey-pop?

The Europeans love this fey-pop stuff. Lead singer Karl Smith, who barely ever sings above a whisper, sounds like he is permanantly cursed with a stuffy blocked nose and the use of an upright Double Bass gives the sound a very melancholy texture. The British and other Europeans would lap it up. It's the music that best reflects the way they feel.

It doesn't seem to get such a positive reception here in Australia. So often you can look to the climate of any given region of the world, and make some pretty good predictions about the sort of music appreciated there. You can always say, for instance, that an album of mariachi music is never going to sell well in Iceland and that Sodastream are always going to be somwhat out of their natural element here in their home country of Australia. Which might partly explain why they are spending so much of their time in 2003 touring their new album internationally, while Australian media, such as Triple J, have barely noticed at all. It remains to be seen whether or not JJJ will make a feature album out of, A Minor Revival. It will certainly prove my point if they do not, for this will definitely be among my top 5 albums of the year.


Posted by ExistAngst at 09:43 PM December 05, 2003

What ever happened to AC/DC?

Comment posted by: PHIL at December 7, 2003 12:55 PM

Jesus Christ, Phil!! There's just some things you don't talk about in public!

Comment posted by: at December 13, 2003 11:11 AM

Yo angst, I'm having trouble with MT. Come on IRC and help me out.

Comment posted by: Alarmed at December 14, 2003 01:59 PM

were it not for luke steele and those damn strokes this would have been the album of the year. it is beautiful - please take the time to listen to it.

Comment posted by: magic d at January 11, 2004 01:55 PM

Once again, Existangst recommends another great album.

After downloading these tracks a few weeks back, I bought A Minor Revival from Polyester on the way home from work. The girl behind the counter also raved about how great it was.

Listened to it continuously for three days. The end.

PS: I don't know why the FTP isn't working. I haven't spoken to the server's owner for awhile...

Comment posted by: Xenex at February 2, 2004 05:55 PM


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