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Unsealed 4X4 tunes
Adam BrandMY SIDE OF THE STREET (ABC)
With his heart on his sleeve and a beer in his hand, Adam Brand is the larrikin mate we all want to have. The beats are catchy, the guitars are full throttle and it’s all good times, pretty girls and the occasional gem of wisdom. There is a little heartache amongst the fun, but come on over: Brand’s side of the street is the sunny one.
LITTLE BASTARD (FOUR FOUR)
They have a mean fiddle player, shred banjos without mercy and the harmonica sounds as though it’s being happily murdered. Little Bastard is acoustic punk-rock as you’ve never heard it. Bluegrass, folk and country influences fuel the wild guitar strumming and restless bass lines with musical dynamite. There are a few slow-burners, but the pounding rhythms make it physically impossible to restrain your toe-tapping.
EAST TO WEST (WJO)
It’s been just eight months since his Toyota Star Maker win, but Jared Porter proves himself well-seasoned, talent-riddled and infectiously grateful on East To West. More electric solos than you can poke an air guitar at and catchy melodic choruses for belting out sans inhibition: this sun-drunk love letter to life, romance and the great outdoors easily earns its place on your road trip playlist.
A LETTER HOME (Third Man/Reprise)
Young sounds almost a century away as he delivers 12 lo-fi covers that crackle, waver and pop on this nostalgia-steeped collection. Spoken word sections – addressed to Young’s late mother – complete the concept album vibe. Accompanied by a single guitar, the odd burst of harmonica and some honky-tonk keys, the gently melodic musings ring with sparse authenticity. It’s wheezy and whiny, but also tender and fascinating.