Raise your hand if you remember my big post on Australia’s indie label, Laughing Outlaw Records. No? Well, I guess that’s understandable. We post a lot of music here, and it was a big post with lots of artists on it.
Well, it would be a crime if George Byrne were to get lost in that shuffle. Of all the artists profiled in that post, Byrne has stuck with me the most. He has a smooth voice and music that is deceptively simple, like Ryan Adams (when he was good) and Calexico, and bands like that. “Light Years,” posted below, sends me dreaming every time I hear it. Both of the songs below are somewhat moody, but he’s also got a few faster numbers, like the uptempo “Tongue Tied,” complete with handclaps. Twelve songs about love, loneliness, heartbreak and being human. This album is worth hearing, worth buying, and worth keeping.