Comes with a Smile # webexclusives
news | current issue | back issues | the songs | interviews | reviews
images | web exclusives | top 10 | history | search
search

April 2006 / October 2005 / February-April 2005 / November-December 2004 / July 2004 / March-April 2004 / November-December 2003 / June-July 2003 / March-April 2003 / January-February 2003 / December 2002 / November 2002 / August 2002 / May-June 2002 / November 2001 / October 2001 / June-July 2001 / all web exclusives / search

Grandview | Room 15 (Half A Cow)
Here's an overlooked gem from late last year, featuring the combined talents of Tim Oxley and Trent McNamara who met when their bands (The Dearhunters and Four Horse Town respectively) played shows together in 1999. The idea for a two-voice, two-guitar record grew from a mutual love of simple songs and harmonies, the pair finally forming Grandview in 2001. A self-titled, self-released eight song version of 'Room 15' surfaced later that year, recorded during the pair's stay at Melbourne's Grandview Hotel. For this expanded version a further five songs were recorded (one dropped from the original version) back home in Sydney.

The resulting record is high on charm and blissful harmonies, and predictably low on variety. Oxley possesses one of the prettiest male voices you'll hear, and his melodic gift is no less impressive, McNamara's a less luxurious but no less effective contribution. Cherry-picking highpoints from a consistently engaging selection is an ultimately futile exercise, 'Room 15' being a thoroughly undemanding Sunday afternoon sojourn, borne of an unadulterated desire to sing and play timeless songs.

Matt Dornan
June-July 2003

back