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Despite usually shying away from country music something about Suicide Swans’ new record Augusta had me sucked in from the get go.

The five piece outfit hailing from Toowoomba have created a record which effortlessly slides up and down the tempo scale as it explores some remarkably deep and meaningful stories. There is no mistaking this record for anything other than country with it’s raw instrumentation and heartfelt lyricism.

Throughout the ten track offering the band explores a wide range of tempos from the slow, deep openers Horses and Let Me Be right through to the uptempo Broken Lines. By doing this the record is always captivating because despite the tempo changes the heartfelt nature of the songs is always there, even as the records toes the edge of becoming pop.

★★★1/2