We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that, unfortunately, Rod Thomas just might not get the commercial success he deserves. His new EP as Bright Light Bright Light, In Your Care, is another sturdy addition to an already strong body of work, and really does deserve to rise above the other releases out there. Songs like Same Dream and the title track (appearing twice, the second a stripped-back piano version) are what we’ve come to love about BLBL; however, it’s An Open Heart that really makes a mark with its stonking disco-glamour. New year’s resolution: let’s start making this boy chart (even if it’s just to see more of that handsome face).
Well, Australia, you’ve really made up for the catastrophe that was Gotye. This year has seen so many incredible new Antipodean acts capture our attention, and Helen Croome (aka Gossling) is a nice new addition to that roster. Sure, Harvest of Gold can be a bit MOR, Aussie-Goulding at times, but Croome’s voice is enthralling, cracked like Julia Stone but weightier at the same time. If something like Challenge came from a Scandi-pop act, it’d be the toast of blogs; as it is, Gossling might have to work harder to get that kind of recognition, but she’s definitely got an enjoyable foundation.