John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

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…

August 13, 2019 / Album Reviews

  SZOLNOK (DMG) 9/10 This is the one he’s been working towards. This is the one where the violin sound flows from the speakers like thickened cream; where the programmatic ideas and the purely musical ones are in complete accord. Daniel Weltlinger’s profound fascination with the love, peregrinations, tribulations and…