Australia may have faced an uphill struggle before even kicking off, not to mention being dismantled by a mercurial German team early on (a sign of things to come, England and Argentina, eh?), but the plucky Aussie spirit never relented and kept them interested right to the last few minutes of the group games.
Similarly spirited and proving his worth in a tough foreign environment is Lucas Kane Hall. This charismatic Australian import to New York City has it all to do, with plenty of singer-songwriters pounding the subways and venues every day just trying to get noticed, but one listen to his new album My Name In Wingdings shows just why he has a head start.
From smouldering introspection (Stars & Blue) to breezy, upbeat sing alongs (Tomorrow), the release has plenty for everyone and runs the range of emotion, relying no little on the singer's soulful, passionate vocal.
MP3: Lucas Kane Hall - Tomorrow
Taken from the album My Name In Wingdings
Currently available for free, there's every reason to check out the release on this Bandcamp page. Even if the Socceroos couldn't take up as much of our summer as we might have liked, the songs from My Name In Wingdings have a much stronger chance of making a big impact. Provided no German artists come along to spoil the fun, of course. Achtung.