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THE TANGO SALOON

Album review, The Brag by Graham Blackley  April 21, 2015
One of the many highlights of this addictive album is the sheer richness and breadth of the music. Read more >

Album review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  April 11, 2015
Curwin loves to layer his musical elements; to create enigmas that disguise glimpses of humour in wisps of sadness. Read more >

Album review, The Music Trust by Peter Winkler  June 1, 2015
Song titles like Shadow of a Dead Man and Smoking Gun entice the listener into dangerous and chilling sonic and lyric narratives. Read more >

Album review, 4ZZZ by Nic Addenbrooke  March 12, 2015
The group are as tight and talented as ever, shifting easily between tropes while spinning their own threads into each yarn. Read more >

Album review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  May 18, 2012
The latest round-up from The Tango Saloon blurs genres even further than before, with a distinct film-noir element now darkening the tumbleweeds and showdowns. Read more >

Album review, Norman Records May 9, 2012 (4 stars)
Lalo Schifrin, Bernard Herrmann…there’s elements of these composers here, but imbued with a malevolent quietude that conjures up a real old-school filmic creeping paranoia. Read more >

Transylvania

Album review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  August 9, 2008
Curwin doesn’t let a laugh get in the way of good music, ensuring that when he makes you smile, the piece withstands repeated listening. Read more >

The Tango Saloon

Live review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  August 13, 2013
This, quite simply, is one of Australia’s best bands and yet as superb as the eight players and singer are, Julian Curwin’s brilliant compositions are the ultimate stars. Read more >

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DARTH VEGAS

Album review, The Orange Press by John Hardaker  May 4, 2012
Within 3:37 I was completely convinced someone had been soaking my iPod in a concoction of mescaline and red cordial (with more than a dash of ADHD splashed in). Read more >

Album review, The Brag by Tyler Broyles  May 2012 (4 stars)
This long-awaited release from Sydney seven-piece Darth Vegas lurches from fun house to haunted house, vaults from church organ to circus organ, leaps from vaudeville to heavy metal – and that’s just in the first 90 seconds. Read more >

Album review, Norman Records  May 9, 2012 (4.5 stars)
Insane swing-metal-jazz with bright flashes of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it melody. A carnival of fun. Read more >

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THE MANGO BALLOON (Julian Curwin)

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Album review, Norman Records  May 23, 2017 (4 stars)
…just picture me wearing a poncho and with a piece of straw protruding through my clenched teeth. Read more >

The Mango Balloon, Volume 3

Album review, The Australian by John McBeath  March 29, 2014
Curwin’s compositions have a comfortable South American-Spanish familiarity and are all played with capable delicacy. Read more >

Album review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  June 7, 2014 (4.5 stars)
The compositional ideas here are extraordinarily wide and wildly imaginative. The range they ride has jazzy, classical, cowboy, Gypsy and Latin elements, and more that have no name. Read more >

Album review, The Music Trust by Gavin Franklin  August 1, 2014
The music is unpretentious, consisting of appealing melodies drifting over uncluttered accompaniments that are carefully crafted for each composition. Read more >

Album review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  December 7, 2012
Attractive melodies materialise and dematerialise, and sounds flutter and float in the guitarist-composer’s delightfully genre-free approach. Read more >

The Mango Balloon

Live review, The Sydney Morning Herald by John Shand  July 21, 2014
Curwin uses his sextet more like a small orchestra than a band, the music defined by the subtleties of his scoring as much as by the melodies and rhythms. Read more >

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UMLAUT

To Your Poverty Quietly Go

Album review, The Music Trust by Joseph Cummins  May 1, 2015
I wish I could walk around in the film-world scored by Umlaut, a place built with slightly distorted dimensions. Read more >

Album review, The Music by Andrew McDonald  September 9, 2014 (3.5 stars)
Drifting between twisted sax-driven club tunes and fuzzy electro pop rock, this is surely one to keep you guessing throughout. Read more >

Album review, Norman Records  August 29, 2014 (4 stars)
a crisp and insanely tight mixture of madcap prog rock, spy movie dramatics and easy-listening jazz that throws you in about a million directions before its 13 songs are out. Read more >

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PIGEON LAUNDRY

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Album review, A Closer Listen by Richard Allen  August 20, 2016
It’s hard to resist a duo whose first single and video features a leaf blower.  Yes, “Blow” is destined to be the go-to track for lawn workers this upcoming season. Read more >

Album review, Norman Records  August 30, 2016 (4 stars)
The record, for one so largely improvised, is a joy. Not just for the birds. Read more >

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