So many albums have been announced this past week it’s been raining singles. Beach House, Courtney Barnett, and La Luz have all unveiled the release dates of long suspected LPs. The Voidz continued the build to their own forthcoming record, LA’s Pinky Pinky dropped a new cassette and New Jersey’s Forth Wanderers made their Sub Pop debut. On the local front, we've collected two great standalones from Adelaide’s Horror My Friend and Brisbane’s Rebel Yell.
BEACH HOUSE – LEMON GLOW (SUB POP)
The hypnotic swirl of ‘Lemon Glow’ sees Beach House return. It plays out with their traditional grasp on minimalism and beguiling oddness. Atmospheric to a fault it rings familiar but arrives just that ever bit different to what’s come before.
COURTNEY BARNETT – NAMELESS, FACELESS (MILK RECORDS)
‘Nameless, Faceless’ continues CB’s transition from heroic slacker to confessional songwriter. Here Barnett unleashes her paranoiac observations, fragments of bullying fan critiques and a cutting dissection of gender binaries.
FORTH WANDERERS – NOT FOR ME (SUB POP)
Forth Wanders are a New Jeresy outfit. Ben Guteral lays out expressive guitar lines while lead singer Ava Trilling smothers them with pathos. ‘Not For Me’ is their Sub Pop debut and we’re excited for what comes next.
HORROR MY FRIEND – PAVEMENT (POISON CITY)
As with Poison City peers Camp Cope’s ‘The Opener’, Horror take a jab at industry sexism albeit from a male perspective. Suffice to say they’re not exactly thrilled. Drowning in agitation, thrashing instrumentals hammer the message across with corrosive power.
LA LUZ – CICADA (HARDLY ART/INERTIA)
These three were thrashing up a storm at last year’s Gizzfest. Now that they’ve returned home to The States it looks look they’re gearing up for a new LP. First of the rank is ‘Cicada’ which weaves their signature surf licks into a sprawling and atmospheric track.
REBEL YELL – PRESSURE DROP (RICE IS NICE)
Them bleeps! With a light touch of an acidic bass and a relentless drum figure slung under for good measure, Rebel Yell’s latest burrows its way into the centre of the brain. Her accompanying clip sees the notion of all ages gigs taken to a ridiculous extreme.
THE VOIDZ – POINTLESSNESS (CULT RECORDS)
Another ominous tiding from The Voidz soon-to-be-arriving LP. Julian Casablancas wallows in entropy while harmonising alongside droning synth melody. The song’s chord progression suggests an upswing or big energetic release, yet it never arrives. ‘You're gonna be forgotten/Any day now’ he broods.
PINKY PINKY – DANDER (INNOVATIVE LEISURE)
A common indictment of modern rock bands is that, put simply, they’re boring. More often than not they’re basking in the reflective glow of the fire while failing to catch any of the flame. It’s an incrimination that can’t be levelled here. Pinky Pinky have dropped a new cassette of five songs. As with anything they set their hands to Hot Tears has pulled together a collection of tracks which swing with attitude and excitement.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald