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Today sees the release of Everything Is Forgotten, the new album by Australian band Methyl Ethel.

Those in the know back in Australia have been talking up Methyl Ethel for quite some time. Their home city of Perth has a way of breeding artists both talented — it’s given us Tame Impala, The Drones, and The Triffids, amongst others — and also somewhat odd. Methyl Ethel’s singer/mastermind Jake Webb definitely ticks both boxes. This is a polished, sparkling record that’s often startlingly radio-friendly — lead single “Ubu” is so catchy but it also comes with an undercurrent of strangeness.

Methyl Ethel’s second full-length, the record is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents.  Written and recorded by Perth-based frontman Jake Webb, it was brought to life by acclaimed British producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals).  The pair’s collaboration has infused Methyl Ethel’s shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic and polyrhythmic flourishes, allowing Webb’s keening, gender-fluid vocals and searing poetry to take centre stage.

“A mind brimming with ideas and inspirations” – FasterLouder (9/10)
“One can only stand back and gawp at the strength of Webb’s songwriting here, the talent pouring from these tracks… a tight, exciting, stonker of an album.” – Loud & Quiet (8/10)
“By turns weighted and buoyant, half darkness and half shimmering light.” – DIY ****

Everything Is Forgotten

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Since the announcement of their new album “Everything Is Forgotten” which comes out next week via 4AD Records, we have been chomping at the bit for some new material. Luckily following the brilliant ‘Ubu’ the band have released new track ‘L’Heure des Sorcieres’.

The track is a dancefloor hit, merging the great and the good of Methyl Ethel with a nuanced electronic sound which spells only good things for the forthcoming album. The Perth band have given us a real glimpse of their artistic heart and it looks like a beat we can all enjoy. Everything Is Forgotten is out on March 3rd via 4AD Records

L’Heure des Sorcières’ by Methyl Ethel.
New album ‘Everything Is Forgotten’ is released 3rd March 2017

Methyl Ethel’s new album “Everything Is Forgotten” is a macro-dose of those enjoyable parts of a dream. It’s an album that makes you want to crawl out of your clammy skin, but in a way you sort of like it.

And like a fever, the Perth band’s third album consistently teeters the line between wanting to bare down and give up, resulting in the audible hot anxiety of a split decision. Riddled with controlled forward motion and head-spinning wonky ’80s dream pop melodies, “Everything is Forgotten” nods to psych rock and electronic influence glossed in an art rock exterior.

Bouncing from influence to influence, frontman Jake Webb skates from the slumped shoegazey pop of first single “No. 28” to steady thudding electricity of tracks like “Hyakki Yakō” or “Summer Moon” with ease. Despite the stylistic ground it covers, the songs are erratic, but the album as a whole is anything but. In fact, it’s their pointed erraticness that creates the kind of sticky atmosphere which allows each track to exist together. “Groundswell,” for example, is a modern take on a more conventional brand of ’80s synthpop than some of the other tracks, but it keeps the album’s dark, sweltering tint alive, even in its most glittery moments.

In their anxieties, the songs aren’t non-committal, but rather committing to existing as a bunch of closely moving parts. “Schlager” intentionally pushes tempo with repetitive guitar syncopation that moves past drum rhythms with aching closeness, never touching. The exasperated lyrics pour out anxieties like “sighing and nervous, awake in the dark” and “who would not sympathize with a wrecking ball?” They encapsulates life’s chaos and churns it out into calculated song. Another highlight, “Ubu,” moves in a steadier direction with a rock-solid bassline and consistent beat, but maintains the mess in its amplifying repetition of vocals restlessly asking “Why’d you have to go and cut your hair? Why’d you cut your hair?”

Methyl Ethel has also mastered a strange dichotomy between glam rock influence and anxious subtlety that comprises this album. The result is an unassuming draw. They’re the party guest that shows up dressed head-to-toe in diamonds, speaks in near-poetry, but shyly refuses to make eye contact. Tracks like “Drink Wine” and “Femme Maison/One Man House” lean more toward glamour and melodic revel, but uncertainty still seeps from their cracks—in the cinematic cumulation to which “Femme” summits or in the consistent spitting synth in “Drink Wine.” If Everything is Forgotten maintains a youthful relevance in its showy alt-pop tendencies, it does even more so in its fidgety discomfort.

Methyl Ethel made an album that pushes a tense step beyond the baseline; it’s pop for odd and anxious times. Their undeniable catchy embrace acquaints you with familiarity, but their artistry spikes your temperature and all you can do bite your lip and let go. Sometimes the only way to break a fever is to ride it out, but Everything is Forgotten will assure you’ll be dancing too hard to notice when it does.

Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel have announced details of their new album, Everything Is Forgotten, alongside a new track and video, plus European and North American tour dates.

Released on 3rd March, Everything Is Forgotten is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all sinewy, curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents. Written and recorded by Perth-based frontman Jake Webb, the album was brought to life by acclaimed British producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). As demonstrated by last year’s single ‘No. 28.’, the pair’s collaboration has infused Methyl Ethel’s shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic and polyrhythmic flourishes, allowing Webb’s keening, gender-fluid vocals and searing poetry to take centre stage. Today the band have also shared new single ‘Ubu’, a frenetic pop song inspired by Alfred Jarry’s surrealist play Ubu Roi. A self-portrait of self-flagellation and guilt, its companion video, directed by Paxi, takes some of its absurdist cues from Jarry.

You can find all details on the record, plus newly announced international tour dates,

Everything Is Forgotten, released 3rd March,
Pre-order from 4AD Records on limited edition magenta vinyl, and CD,