- Australian Ghost Story
- The Paradise Motel
- Released: Jun 11, 2010
- Label: Left Over Life To Kill Records
- "Australian Ghost Story”: it’s not as if the title of The Paradise Motel’s first album in over a decade wasn’t evocative enough. But just to make sure, the album’s first song sets the scene: “This happened one evening as a nation lay sleeping,” whispers Merida Sussex over a skeletal guitar figure. “Maybe we see things / Maybe we dream them.” It’s like the opening voiceover to a film, or a play, and for all that it’s often lazy writing to describe something as “cinematic” or “widescreen”, they’re both adjectives that really do apply here, given how atmospheric and narrative-heavy this record is.
(Tom Hawking, The Vine)
As much as the album is about a historical fact and a personal tragedy, it’s also about The Paradise Motel. They’re older now, more alert to the random tragedies that can befall us in an instant, and their consequences. While less immediate than Flight Paths, AGS ends up no less brilliant or powerful. It’ll be a close run for album of the year, no doubt.
(JP Hammond, Mess + Noise)