BULLSH!T Reviews: Hamish Anderson – Restless (EP 2014)

You may know the name Hamish Anderson from a plethora of things: perhaps you’re already acquainted to his bluesy, catchy tracks or you may remember him from our 5 Minutes With segment. If you don’t know of him, it’s time to sit up and take notice: because he’s a musician that deserves to be recognised by the Australian public.

Hailing from Melbourne, Hamish Anderson recently released EP Restless. In short, it’s a mixture of bluesy, soulful tracks accompanied by catchy riffs and strong, haunting vocals.

Anderson is the full package: he’s got the voice, he’s got the lyrics and he’s got the guitar prowess. He’s voice is the love child of Jeff Buckley and Matt Corby – but still distinctive enough to be held in its own regard.

Restless opens on ‘Burn’ – perhaps the strongest song on the EP. It’s attention-grabby – Anderson’s voice lures you in and the tempo of the track makes you stay; not to mention the chorus is ridiculously catchy and will have your toes tapping in no time.

Things slow down for next track ‘Shotgun’ – it’s bluesy, melodic and pensive. The emotion in the song is real and raw and Anderson also showcases a strong though fleeting falsetto (never fear, the falsetto later appears in track ‘Street Lights’ also).

‘Little Lies’ differs, opening up on some slow, tapping drums, before Anderson’s voice overrides – in a more soulful tone than previously heard on the EP. The song even have a slight vibe reminiscent of Australian band The Rubens, with a husky tone appearing in Anderson’s voice not dissimilar to that of Sam Margin’s.

Title track ‘Restless’ is hauntingly beautiful, with poignant lyrics teamed with Anderson’s emotive and heartfelt vocals creating a vivid imagery. An instrumental takes spotlight halfway through the song, with is both chilling and beautiful.

Hamish Anderson has created a magical EP – not an easy feat for a young artist. With wisdom beyond his years, a captivating voice and talented musical and song-writing skills, Hamish Anderson is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. This is only the beginning for this talented dude.

You can purchase Restless here. 

Catch Hamish live at the following venues:

THUR 13 NOV | DING DONG LOUNGE MELBOURNE | 18+

Tickets available from hamishanderson.oztix.com.au

THUR 20 NOV | SIDE BAR @ CAMBRIDGE HOTEL NEWCASTLE | 18+

Tickets available from https://www.bigtix.com.au

FRI 21 NOV | OAF SYDNEY | 18+

Tickets available on the door

WED 26 NOV | THE BEARDED LADY BRISBANE | 18+

Free entry

FRI 28 NOV | YA-YA’S PERTH | 18+

Tickets available from hamishanderson.oztix.com.au

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One thought on “BULLSH!T Reviews: Hamish Anderson – Restless (EP 2014)

  1. Hey! Send Hammish back to the States! Saw him in Chicago, opening for BB King’s last concert–that’s another story and a sad story. However, HA saved the evening. Excellent musician, excellent music.

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