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Shining Bird have been dreaming up Australian-tinged dream pop in Australia for several years now, and now have a second full length to share with the world. Black Opal is a big-sounding record that harks back to some of the more epic moments of 80’s pop: listen out for the gated-reverb drums! Released by the Spunk label.

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Black Opal by Shining Bird 1 review. Add your own review. 7/10
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7/10 Staff review, 03 November 2016

Ah the '80s I remember you. Not what we now remember the '80s as i.e the Smiths C86 and Bananarama but of late '80s bands like the Bible and the Adventurers who made slick and polished guitar pop that was deemed suitable for the then 14 year old me before I discovered REM and realised what guitar music was supposed to do.  

This is the '80s Shining Bird are trying to recreate  - they have something of the wide open spaces of fellow Aussies the Triffids but have a huge synthy sound with massive gated snares and swirling saxes which sounds like all those '80s nearly bands, Red Box, Furniture, Icehouse as well as smash hits such as Deacon Blue and Midnight Oil 

Music makes no sense to me anymore but if you ever find yourself playing the Adventurers 'The Sea of Love' LP and fancy more of the same then here it is.  




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