I just wanted to thank you for the mixtape. I know we haven’t spent that much time together, but after listening to it on Friday night I feel as though I know you a little better now. We like a lot of the same music, you know? And as for the bands I hadn’t heard before, well, I think they are going to be some of my new favourites.
I like the way you began with the stage-encompassing Pocket Fox as their multitude of instruments melded together for a poppy ditty that awoke my ears and my smile.
And that second track by The Ellis Collective maintained the mood, with their acoustic balladry and folky melody.
My next favourite song was by Waterford. The low baritone voice of the lead singer and the lyrically abundant vocals provided for the perfect middle tune – a burgeoning bridge of indie rock offering a smooth transition to the second half of the mixtape.
Then as I neared the end, the Missing Lincolns quickened the pace with their swaggering and exuberant local favourite Queanbeyan Fats, hastening the playlist to its raucous ending.
And what an ending! That tune by those energetic, sequin-clad larrikins known as Fun Machine. Naked Body was that one song on a mixtape that you constantly rewind in your room and play again and again, the one that compels you to sing at the top of your lungs and dance like a madman, like nobody’s watching.
Thanks again Canberra, I have a feeling this tape will be on regular rotation in my Walkman from now on.
The Ellis Collective are playing Wednesday 20 March 1-2.30pm and Fun Machine Friday 22 March 1-2.30pm at Fletcher Jones, as a part of the Lunchbox Concert series for the You are Here Festival.
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