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The Chronicle Tuesday, September 30, 2014
ALBUM: RECORD COLLECTION/ ARTIST: MARK RONSON AND THE BUSINESS INTL
Revisiting something sleek, seductive and intelligent
A true connoisseur, Mark Ronson is a
London DJ and music producer with
an innate ability to enrich songs using
His 2010 album Record Collection
is worth revisiting (as this listener has
found quite late in the piece) as it
seduces you with its sleek intelligence
and extravagant charms.
Bang Bang Bang and The Bike Song
are cool -- I mean so, so cool. Both
draw you into their delectable hooks,
both have a European sensibility in the
manner French band Air adds a flighty
carelessness to their songs.
The pairing of Q-Tip and New
York s MDNR gives Bang Bang Bang
a dynamic edge and electro-dance
flavour as opposed to The Bike Song s
coasting friendliness, complete with
electronic tinkles and effects. If you ve
forgotten the soulful talents of Boy
George, then the romantic and
destitute nature of Somebody to Love
Me should jog your memory. With the
singer s recent stint in jail, the lyrical
pleas are profound as the boy that is
George sings as if he is fighting
artistically for another chance, seeking
some form of approval from a distant,
Slow Turismo calls in sound guru Magoo
Slow Turismo -- Louis Montgomery, Riley Conway, Sam Conway, Rhys Lintern, Max Conway. Photo: Daniel Walding
Canberra alternate rock group Slow
Turismo s second single
Thunderstorm gives fans a taste of the
band s softer side.
Recorded at Applewood studios,
just outside Brisbane, the track is a
bold departure from their first single
With no "na-na-na" sing-along
chorus, Thunderstorm, while still in
keeping with the band s buoyant style,
is a markedly more sincere track
which draws listeners in.
Slow Turismo evoke the gloomy
80s indie Brit feel of bands like The
Smiths yet with groovier bass lines
and sometimes a surprise splash of
trumpet. There s a cool surf-rock flair
that gives this intriguing five-piece a
Opting to change pace and record
the softer syncopated track was a
decision made by artful multi ARIA-
winning Brisbane producer Magoo
(Powderfinger, Regurgitator, The
Jungle Giants, Saskwatch), bass player
Louis Montgomery said.
"We sent a whole disc of demos and
we asked him to pick one he wanted to
record as our next single," he said.
"We didn t know what to expect
working with someone so high profile.
But more than just Thunderstorm he
helped us move forward with a lot of
tracks we were trapped with up until
Being listed as a hotly anticipated
indie act of 2014 was something the
band still struggled to reckon with,
"It s certainly flattering," he said.
"We like to joke that most of the
anticipation comes from our mums."
Fans won t have to wait long to hear
more from the Canberra outfit.
"After this one the plan is to release
an EP," he said.
"We ve known the full scope of our
musical palate since day one, so
hopefully by early next year people
will get an idea of the range of genres
The two-show tour celebrating the
single will hit Rad in Wollongong on
Thursday and The Phoenix back home
in Canberra on Saturday, supported by
The Steptones and Deer Frank.
Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost $5.
A thought-provoking film about
animal welfare will be screened at the
Majura Community Centre to mark Be
Kind to Animals Week.
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey
Home charts the transformation in the
thinking of those who grew up in
traditional farming cultures, shatters
the stereotypical notions of farmers
and considers why so many are
searching for new ways to relate to
animals and our planet.
The film screens 6.30pm to 9.30pm
on Monday, October 6, at the Majura
Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place,
Dickson. Tickets cost $5.
FESTIVAL ART MARKET
Canberra Grammar School will hold
an art market to coincide with the
launch of the school s Sculpture
The school s heritage-listed
quadrangle will be bustling with
activity on October 18 and 19.
The market forms just part of the
month-long festival, which runs until
Artists keen to be involved in the
market can contact Trevor Dunbar for
CHOIR PERFORMS MUSIC
FROM GREAT WAR, FREE
Head along to a powerful performance
by the Llewellyn Choir this weekend.
The free concert, from 1pm Sunday
at the High Court of Australia, com-
memorates the music of both English
and French composers caught up in
World War 1.
The 80-strong choir, directed by
Rowan Harvey-Martin with
accompanist Anthony Smith, will
perform works by Herbert Howells
and Ernest Farrar as well as French
composers Francis Poulenc, Camille
Sain-Saens and more.
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