Album Reviews, Music

Review: Amy Meredith – Restless

Sydney’s Amy Meredith are unabashedly pop. Finely lined with indie appeal and some of the most accessible dance floor buzz, it’s usually the kind of rock music best suited for the painfully hip. But regardless of their aesthetic, the music has a mesmerizing youthfulness that comes across as earnest and genuine.

Beat heavy single “Lying” is a great indicator of both their addictive qualities and depth in songwriting, while tracks like “Born to Live” and the more reflective tones of “Carry On” are proof of maturation that far exceeds their, for now, limited discography. Only at times do they stumble; “Pornstar” could use a little less synthesizer and “Faded White Dress” is just a little TOO cool.

Yet when they let their love for the moment shine in “Young At Heart”, the band’s underlying magnetism comes through best. The track is essentially perfect and pretension free. It’s quintessentially optimistic, like the waking days and the endless nights of teenage thrills and is every bit the “restless” encapsulation of those youthful years.

Restless is a well knit blend of Temper Trap with Kings of Leon and “Forever Young”, except the appeal is a little more than skin deep. Their dress sense may be a little too indie chic, but their music is every bit you and me. (Sony)

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Featured Video, Music, Videos

Video: Amy Meredith – “Young at Heart”

Admittedly we have not been the biggest supporters of Australian based music, even though I myself live within the musically gifted walls of Melbourne. Be it the musical upbringing I’ve experienced or personal taste, there was no reason to support Australian music for the sake of supporting Australian music. If a great Australian band came across our radar, then by all means we’ll give it the credit they deserve.

Enter Amy Meredith; not a singular artist but a pop-tinged rock group from Sydney made up of well-dressed gentlemen with a penchant for dance-infused melodies, skittering percussions and on more than one occasion, sugary sweet vocals (frontman Christian Lo Russo sounds a little like the All-American Rejects’ Tyson Ritter).

Their debut album Restless was released earlier this year and while the band initially struggled to find their footing, the album is as every bit compact and welcoming as it is gloriously youthful and vibrant. Some of the album’s initial singles are a little clunky (most notably “Pornstar”; where the band forget the take their fingers off the synthesizer) but their latest, “Young at Heart”, is essentially perfect. It’s quintessentially optimistic, like the waking days and the endless nights of teenage thrills.

You can check out the video above; a near flawless connection between the tune and the aesthetics. Unlike The Temper Trap and their shallow appeal, Amy Meredith have more than just one good card trick up their well knit sleeves. Their dress sense may be a little too indie chic, but their music is every bit you and me.

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Film, Trailers, Videos

Trailer watch: Mia Wasikowska in ‘Restless’

The trailer for the upcoming Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) film Restless has made its debut online. The film tells the tale of a young girl falling for a boy who hangs out with a ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot.

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) plays terminally ill Annabel Cotton, who falls for Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper), a boy who crashes funerals and maintains a close friendship with a ghost. The film co-stars Schuyler Fisk and Jane Adams and was produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

Restless is scheduled for release January 28th, 2011.

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