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Melbourne’s Black Chords’ sec ond album
follows a blueprint that owe s much to
Coldplay – grand, sweeping vistas of sound,
a sensual lead singer who sounds like he’s
mining a very dark space, and songs that
c reate a mood and never let go.
Their sound is extremely cinematic ,
painting a bold, broad ca nva s for singer/
ministry oF sound
(ministry oF sound)
Ministry Of Sound compilations are always
interesting affairs and FUT.UR .ISM is no
Their brief genera lly conforms to the
guidelines of electronica collections – a n
a lmost DIy attitude of what us ed to be
called the mix tape. In other words, grab
your favourite songs by a range of a rtists a nd
gather them together for an extended listen.
songwriter Nick Milwright’s tune s to oc cupy.
Like the snowscape that sprawls across
the album cover, there is an horizonless
a mbience throughout but, much like the
sudden twists of nature, there are bursts of
unbridled energy that advance and retreat,
a dding to the overa ll e xperience.
As Night falls and Into The unknown
a re majestically beautiful, while Da nc e
Dance Dance and Oh No kick things up a
notch with their driving beats and chugging
from the opening slow build of the title
track to the closing note s of until The Day
I Die, this album is a gripping listen that
c onstantly verges on being quite brillia nt.
Melodic, richly textured and gloriously
moody, it’s be autifully recorded a nd
t houghtfully executed.
This is music to close your eyes to and
get swept away with.
A cut above.
As an artform, this has come quite a
long way over the years and now the tracks
thems elves are played with, remixed and
opened up, while the original track s segue
together se amlessly without break s.
As a musical journey, this album travel s
into some une xpected places, with moments
of sheer beauty interspersed with slices of
electro-soul, a mbient soundscape s, a nd
beats that range from the suggested to being
A bit like the shopping list sticky note
at the front of your trolley, there’s icecream
as well as ghee, frozen peas as well as raw
Some tracks will appeal deeply, while
others will appear less ta sty.
Artists range from flume to R adiohead,
Groove Armada and Chet faker with a cast
of hundreds in bet ween.
To these ears, an extremely pleasant
se lection that sets a cruising, rela xed mood
that gracefully bears repeated listens.
Strangely cohe sive and thoroughly
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Telads Over 18’s Guidance
If yOuR CHILD has been labelled in
school as “dumb”, “stupid” or “lazy”, an
undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, reading
disorder could be the cause, according to a
leading international expert.
“Struggling readers may actually be
suf fering from visual perceptual disorders,”
sa id educ ational psychologist Helen Irlen
who recently visited Austra lia.
“C orre ct and early identification can
reduce frustration, but it may take a team
ef fort from educators, parents and kids alike.
Many children have trouble learning to re ad,
even with extra support or tutoring. As a result,
they may suffer from low self esteem, and tend
to give up easily, for fear of making a mistake.
They try hard, but simply don’t understand
why they are falling behind their peers.”
Ms. Irlen is the researcher responsible
for discovering the Irlen Method of treating
visual-perceptual, reading, attention, and
learning disorders. Such disorders are
known as Irlen Syndrome, which is caused
by sensitivity to particular wavelengths of
light, c au sing distortions of print. The Irlen
Method uses coloured overlays and spectrally
modified filters, worn a s glasses, to enable the
brain to process visu al information accurately.
for those parents whose hearts break as
they watch their children struggle to re ad,
Ms. Irlen provided these five top tips:
• Glasses may not be the cure. “When
corrective lens es are prescribed, they may be
ineffe ctive in cases where re ading difficulties
are not due to a vision problem. for the
s tudent with a visu al perceptual dysf unction,
a different approach is called for.”
• Don’t jump to conclusions. “Standardised
tests serve a s a warning sign that problems
e xist,” sa id Ms. Irlen. “Howe ver, ma ke an
ef fort to identify the root cau se of readers’
struggles before jumping to conclusions.”
• Keep a close eye. It is not norma l for kids
to be tired or to have physical symptoms
like headaches and stomach aches from
• Don’t blame. Parents sometimes fea r that
their child suffers from a reading disorder
because they didn’t read to him or her
enough in formative ye ars. In reality,
reading problems are typically hereditary.
Just a s importantly, don’t blame your child.
• Uncertain? Get your child scre ened.
Parents should ideally scre en at-risk
c hildren in year two for visual perception
Struggling to Read
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