W.A.’s Jonny Taylor staked out a winning corner of the musical landscape with the earthy, rock-fuelled intensity of 2013’s Something to Say. As Dig Deep confirms, the intervening years have seen the singer-songwriter honing his craft, while taking lessons from life’s travails along the way (see the infectious ‘Kaleidoscope’). Opener ‘Gravel Road’ couples a timeless heartland rock jangle with a tale of longing for the simple rhythms of country life. Album highlight ‘Diamonds’, too, mines a rich vein of classic rock feeling, swelling on an updraft of soaring guitars, while tender love song ‘You Are My Home’ showcases Taylor’s trademark croon at its expressive best. The album veers from expansive country-rock abandon a la Zac Brown Band – see muscly belter ‘Break Free’ – to delicate roots-pop (‘Take It Slow’), to shades of Tom Petty (‘Winter Man’). Seamless, rousing, and life-affirming, Dig Deep is the most assured work yet from one of Australia’s most exciting voices. Gareth Hipwell