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REVIEW: THE LUCKY WONDERS - THIRTEEN O'CLOCK
Thirteen OClock

The Lucky Wonders
Thirteen OClock

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Beat Magazine
A dreamy tune with a ticking rhythm... Jessie and Emma's voices work beautifully together.



The Northern Star
The only trouble with The Lucky Wonders release is that it leaves you wanting more.



Billboard Discoveries
In all, the (band) possesses all promise to enrich their niche, with wise messages cleverly concealed behind winsome refrains.



TRIPLE J Unearthed Review (Happy Pill)
 
Love it! Grab on to those things that make your heart fill up....this song is one of those things.....!




Anneliese Milk - THEDWARF.COM.AU April 2010


Like a warming homemade recipe you want to share with your closest friends and family, The Lucky Wonders’ debut album Thirteen O’clock is music for sharing.
Singer songwriter duo Jessie Vintila and Emma Royle are set to warm your hearts with their gentle, melodic harmonies and folk-pop arrangements peppered with bright ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonica.

Recorded in their hometown of Byron Bay over a series of early mornings, Thirteen O’clock becomes indicative of those curiously creative, still and silent hours.

Brimming with tales of isolation and love, Thirteen O’clock is ultimately resolved to hopefulness and embracing the journey despite its twists and turns.

Lyrically however, the album is not really bringing anything new to the table. Quaint, familiar rhymes appear such as those in ‘Under the Night’ – “We are connected and will always be / one people, one planet / one destiny.”

Yet the sense of optimism is so strong and the tunes are so uplifting, that you want to turn it up and dance around the kitchen (preferably with sun streaming through the windows).

For such a disorienting hour, Thirteen O’clock is a finely balanced album. Opening with the tender acoustic track ‘Home,’ before moving into a Waifs-esque ‘Nullarbor’ with a rocking chorus, The Lucky Wonders are content to traverse genres of folk, pop, rock and country, creating a musical patchwork quilt – a comforting keepsake for all kinds of weather.

The album’s single ‘Happy Pill,’ reaching No. 1 on Triple J’s Unearthed Roots chart, is like a storm with its distinctive thunderclap beat and shimmering, lightening-like cymbals.

For an entirely different flavour, try ‘Emotional’ – an irresistibly soul searching standout.

Written by Vintila, this track is furnished with vocal hooks, slide guitar and unapologetic honesty: “I have lost interest in the world / you assume I want to make it in / I’m trying to find myself in places / that I don’t have to fake it in.”

As the clock strikes thirteen, Vintila and Royle prove themselves to be valid up-and-coming contributors to the ever-growing Australian singer-songwriter scene. And it's nothing to do with luck, but a whole heap of talent.




Wordpress.com

The Lucky Wonders are songwriting duo Jessie Vinitia and Emma Royle, along with Brent Calcutt on bass and Anastassijah Scales on drums. From Byron Bay, they have recently released their debut album, ‘Thirteen O’Clock’.

It is unashamedly emotional folky pop music, but that’s exactly why you have to love it.

“I have no apologies for all the tears I cry. I get emotional at the most inappropriate times, maybe that’s because I believe emotions are appropriate all the time. All the time” sing Jessie and Emma on Emotional, and this sentiment echoes throughout the album.

In many ways ‘Thirteen O’Clock’ is the antithesis to the typical indie folk record about how love is horrible and has destroyed the singer/songwriters’ life and etc etc etc. This record by comparison is about the redeeming quality of love: “Well it’s true that love can break you, show you hurt like you’ve never known before… but did you know that love can set you free, take you to heights where you can truly fly. That’s why we live before we die” (So You’ve Never).

At times it can border on cliched, but most of the time it just simply works.

And besides, Happy Pill is one of the most instantly likeable songs I’ve heard in a while, and there’s a good reason it’s all over the airwaves. That hook of “Your heart is not the box of pandora” gets me every single time, and the chorus is very elegant indeed. It’s the perfect lead single and incapsulates everything that is good about this Byron Bay outfit.

So You’ve Never features a gorgeous backing ukelele, and you can just imagine it being sung around a campfire somewhere in Australia. It’s not trying to reinvent music, and neither are The Lucky Wonders, but they have the folk pop formula just right, and there’s just that little extra bit of special thrown in there as well.

Just when you think the album is getting a bit formulaic, there will be a such a poignant moment that it just makes you sit back and think ‘wow’, with the case in point being the aforementioned Emotional, which features the unforgettable lyrics of “I have lost interest in a world you assume I want to make it in. I’m trying to find myself in places I don’t want to fake it in”.

‘Thirteen O’Clock’ is an uplifting and life-affirming record, and there is absolutely no reason at all not to like it. It flirts with cliches (see “One people, one planet, one destiny” of Under The Night), but there’s something really endearing about an album this unashamedly emotional and real.






Soundsofoz.com

A couple of weeks ago I was wowed by So You’ve Never by The Lucky Wonders. Now that I’ve got the band’s debut album Thirteen O’Clock in my hand I’m thrilled to hear the song was no flash in the pan.

This is a stunning album which takes music back to its roots. In a world of over-processed synthesised sounds the simplicity of The Lucky Wonders music really stands out. It’s simple, but effective, rooted in beautiful harmonies and acoustic orchestration.

I love that this disc feels uniquely Australian. We can hear the accents of vocalists Emma Royle and Jessie Vintila coming through, and even if you’ve never seen the Nullabor you’re taken there in the track of the same name.

The delicate opener “Home” is another standout, while “Emotional” provides one of the most poignant moments on the disc. The stripped back closer “Rather Be Lovin You” is rollicking good fun.

I can imagine much of Thirteen O’Clock being played around a campfire. It’s just so intimate and organic, with songs you know would sound just as perfect in the live arena as they do on the disc. It’s amazing to think this album is only the start of The Lucky Wonders’ story. With such maturity in their first release, this Byron Bay band definitely has a big future ahead.






RORY McCARTNEY - BMA
Songwriting duo Jessie Vintila and Emma Royle have released a stunning debut
album with tracks ranging right across the broad 'roots' genre. Song styles
vary from the country tones of 'Nothing to Fear', to the blues-jazz combo of
'Rather Be Lovin You', to the folksy 'Closing In'.  Whether by accident or
design, themes follow the classic three part romantic movie format.  First
they're about getting high on love, then love going bad, then back to the
triumph of love in the finale. It's a very emotional journey, with a mix of
the good and the bad, just like real life. 'Happy Pill', about the downside
of chemical release, and the anguished 'Please Don't Break Me Down' are
particularly powerful.

Jessie's vocals are the highlight of this CD, with tones that really lift
the heart.  She sounds achingly beautiful in 'Emotional' and in 'So You've
Never' her sweet voice brings to mind Frente's frontwoman Angie Hart.
Melodies are beguiling in their simplicity and, combined with the crystal
vocals and some nerve tingling harmonies, they make a winning package.
The pair from Byron Bay are touring with their two compatriots and will be
at The Front on Sunday 18 April. The band puts their wallets behind strong
personal eco beliefs, with part-proceeds from CD sales going to
environmental projects.  So Thirteen O'Clock could help sweeten your day,
whilst helping save some endangered critters at the same time.  Four stars.
 

 

Babysue

Wonderfully light, breezy, melodic soft pop. The folks in The Lucky Wonders really have a winner on their hands here. The band is comprised of Jessie Vintila, Emma Royle, Brent Calcutt, and Anastassijah Scales. More than any other artist that comes to mind, the tunes on this album remind us in many ways of the late great Kirsty MacColl. The songs are centered around gently strummed acoustic guitars...and the vocals are just out-of-this-world. The band is touring heavily to promote this album. Our guess is that by year's end the folks in Lucky Wonders will end up being on a great many "best of 2010" lists. We're blown away by Thirteen O'Clock...and we would be willing to bet that you will be too. Captivating cuts include "Home," "Happy Pill," "Emotional," "Nothing To Fear," and "Rather Be Lovin You." TOP PICK.





JOHN ANDREWARTHA Hobart Mercury, June 5, 2010


This delicate blend of delightful melodies and stories about love, hard times and happiness is sure to appeal to those seeking an album that is quintessential to what many people seek or experience. The CD covers a lot of ground and provides genuine optimism. The Byron Bay outfit recorded the album with help from Ben Franz (The Waifs), Anthony Lycenko (Pete Murray and The Beautiful Girls) and Dave Sanders (Acre), so it is no surprise Thirteen O’Clock is as good as it is. The opening track, Home, is a gentle, gorgeous affair, as is the mysterious Nullarbor and the enticing Please Don’t Break Me Down. This outstanding CD is a breath of fresh air and a must for those seeking respite from the garbage that bombards the airwaves.



Rhythms Magazine January 2011
 “2010’s Top 3 gigs and top 10 albums - Thirteen O’Clock”

newsunlimited.com.au September 2010
Live Review excerpt:
Skipping Girl Vinegar with support from The Lucky Wonders & Charlie Mayfair
Leah Holdsworth, September 14, 2010

The opening band for the evening, The Lucky Wonders stirred up the crowd with their folksy roots pop music.  Hailing from the hippy town of Byron Bay, the three women and one man were quirky, cute, and very catchy. The crowd were clearly digging their tunes, with singer Jessie Vintila’s vocals strong and melodic. Their last song ended with a toe-tapping hoe down, and the Lucky Wonders quite nearly stole the show.



Sue Barrett Rhythms magazine February 2011
Excerpts from triple band review
Sue Barrett – Rhythms magazine - February 2011

“One doesn’t have to look overseas, or explore vinyl archives, to access fine music from female performers.  Over the past year, a number of Australians have released outstanding new recordings, including Kristy Apps, the Rosie Burgess Band and The Lucky Wonders.

Part of the attraction of these Australian acts is that they write engaging songs (with diversity in sound and subject matter); they write with intimacy (yet avoid ‘navel gazing’); they give prominence to their lyrics (while also caring about the vocal and instrumental support); and they sound Australian.

The Lucky Wonders, a new band from the New South Wales far north coast, includes songwriters Emma Royle and Jessie Vintila and drummer Anastassijah Scales.  In performing roots/pop/folk, where a sense of space plays a key role, The Lucky Wonders sing about life – happy times, down times and a future full of hope.

As well as being busy in the studio, these Australian performers have also been touring – displaying charm, humour and good musicianship.

Kristy Apps, the Rosie Burgess Band and The Lucky Wonders provide a refreshing musical oasis, in a world that often seems rushed, complex and impersonal.”



Jan Mawdesley - Conscious Living Magazine
In this their debut album, songwriters Emma Royle and Jessie Vintila have given the listener a delightful and eclectic mix of music and as well as a slice of their lives, which is both refreshing and enjoyable.
Delicate, catchy, funky and foot tapping, almost country in some tracks, this is great presentation of life and love in the modern day.
Simple and well presented each track is specific to itself such as “so you’ve never” which looks at love and asks “have you ever been in love”, and then tells you ”if so reach out a hold it with both hands”.  Each track tells a story which, delivered in the same simple, evocative style can’t help but draw in the listener.
Folksy does not describe the style but entertaining and enjoyable with a quirk, definitely does.  A great debut album from The Lucky Wonders and hopefully the first of many more albums.