John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

August 19, 2019 / Album Reviews

COLOUR (Sunnyside) 9/10 Some music shouts to gain attention, some whispers in your ear. Listening to Anat Fort’s 20-year-old trio is like being privy to an erudite conversation between intimates. Nothing extraneous is said: every note is pertinent to the subject at hand, those subjects being nine of Fort’s compositions,…

August 17, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Qudos Bank Arena, August 2 7/10 Had he been born half a century earlier you can imagine Hugh Jackman slapping backs and swapping highballs with the Rat Pack. Even if he wasn’t quite wicked enough for those boys, his skillset would have been right: an actor, singer and dancer blessed…

August 16, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Sound Lounge, July 27 9/10 It doesn’t hit full-frontally, but rather slides into your consciousness like a chimera just caught in the corner of your eye. Then it gradually insinuates itself, until the absorption is complete and time seems to stop. Phil Slater has achieved a rare profundity by ruthlessly…