Posts Tagged ‘Pond’

Pond are back with new single “Pink Lunettes” which is by far the danciest thing they’ve ever released, like something out of Miami Vice in 1987. “I think we managed to jitter along the neon tightrope between totally unhinged, strobing spontaneity and focused forward momentum,” says frontman Nick Allbook.

Pond have now announced the release of their ninth studio album, helpfully called ‘9’, and shared a new single called ‘America’s Cup’.

The record will be the first Pond album not to be produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker since 2012’s ‘Beards, Wives, Denim’. Instead the band have self-produced, with bandmates James Ireland and Jay Watson of Gum mixing.

‘America’s Cup’ follows the new direction of previous single “Pink Lunettes” with a thumping funk bassline with Prince like glamour. The style is also befitting of the lyrics, which focus on the gentrification of Western Australia and Fremantle after Australia’s 1983 win of the America’s Cup.

“It’s about Fremantle before Alan Bond gave the big ball of gentrification it’s final shove, when it was cheap and harsh and the broken relics of the pre-87 port city were young, groovy cats in a secret idyll wedged between the river and the sea,” Frontman Nicholas Allbrook said in a press release. “It’s also about blokes being different versions of whatever the hell we’ve been taught were supposed to be.”

Pond’s ‘9’ will be released on October 1st. Allbrook reflected that the theme of the album was “biography…or observation”.

“A lot of the lyrics seem to focus on single people’s lives, or the lives of small moments or small things when you zoom real close up and they reveal something deeper,” he said

“Stuff like my cheap Chinese slippers, or a soiled teddy bear, or Agnes Martin… In the Rorschach test of re-reading lyrics, one thing that sticks out is a fixation on leaving behind a time of golden optimism and uncynical abandon. We can’t look at ourselves the same anymore, and the world we’ve built provides a scary lense for viewing our past.”

‘9’ is the band’s first studio album since 2019’s ‘Tasmania’, a record upon release describing it as “a timely record, given our current apocalyptic weather conditions”.

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Out In The World conveys a specific feeling for me, like thinking everyone’s having fun without you,” explains Gum’s Jay Watson of his latest single. The deep diving and soaring pop track from the POND and Tame Impala multi-instrumentalist is an ode to getting out there and living, no matter the associated anxieties (whatever that means to you this week).

“It was one of the easiest songs to write and record on the [upcoming] record. I’m not sure if that makes it good or not but we’ll see!”

We attest, it does. And the associated video, featuring Watson wandering the streets of L.A. in a very good trench coat makes us feel all kinds of sweet melancholy. Watson’s notes on mental health, living in the moment and playing keyboard underwater. And be the first to watch Out In The World.

Official video for new single Out In The World by GUM. Released 13 March 2020

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what a wet week we have had, there’s a good deal of lovely records this week to soothe the aches and (possibly?) time to dry the socks..

The Nick Cave album Ghosteen that everyone has been asking about is OUT! today, It sees Nick and band in fine form, but there’s no mistaking there is a measure of catharsis in both the words and overall tone, understandably. It’s a wonderful piece of work though, despite the sombre atmosphere and flows with Cave’s singular ability to craft a narrative. I am very excited for the deluxe CD reissue of Gene Clark’s opus ‘No Other’ with a lovely booklet inside and an extra CD of rarities and alternate versions, and I was particularly psyched for the wonderful new LP from fave Ryley Walker and superb jazz drummer Charles Rumback. If you liked Grails (or Holy Sons for that matter), then this is a great one for you. Psych folk guitar with hints of Americana and a languid acid jazz backline, Ghosteen

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Ghosteen is the new two part album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Ghosteen is the seventeenth studio album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, following 2016’s Skeleton TreeThe album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 at Woodshed in Malibu, Nightbird in Los Angeles, Retreat in Brighton and Candybomber in Berlin. It was mixed by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Lance Powell and Andrew Dominik at Conway in Los Angeles.

Ghosteen sees Cave restrained and introspective, half singing, half speaking over a mix of piano and slow drifting electronics. He sounds vulnerable but not beaten. There are a lot of mentions of love in the lyrics, soft supportive backing vocals and an attractive warmth to the way Galleon Ship’s high synth sounds open the song wide, or the surprise falsetto he acquires late on in Sun Forest.

It’s a double LP with one album of conventional length songs then on the second – one short song and two of 12 and 14 minutes. They are more complex and grand. There’s a lot to take in but it’s totally absorbing.

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Lucy Dacus – 2019

Recorded in here-and-there studio spurts over the last two years, 2019 is made up of originals and cover songs tied to specific holidays, each of which has dropped / will drop around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season!), Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday (not an official holiday, though we’re told Chris Christie often took that day off), Halloween, Christmas, and New Year.

Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration. “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure out what to make of them and to find her own meaning. “I’ve collected some songs from trying to answer that question,” she says, and “this EP seems like the right place to put them next to each other. These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character.”

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Pond – Sessions Live

There are very few of this live album from one of our favourite current bands Sessions is the first ever live album from Australian adventurers Pond. Featuring recent singles Paint Me Silver, Sweep Me Off My Feet and Daisy from both their last two albums, Tasmania and The Weather, as well live versions spanning their whole career, including fan favourite Don’t Look At The Sun (Otherwise You Will Go Blind) from their hard-to-find debut album Psychedelic Mango. This release has been two years in-the-making and underlines their reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around.

“We wanted to capture how the band has been playing live lately and commit that to tape while we were in the middle of a long tour,” reveals Pond’s Jay Watson. “As you play the same song for years, or even as a single tour rolls on, the way you play the songs mutates. Little inflections and fills become part of the song, and the structures and even the overall feeling and intent of the songs change. I always loved listening to my favourite bands’ Peel Sessions and wanted something of our own in that vein.”

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Josienne Clarke – In All Weather

In All Weather is a new collection of songs, in which Josienne Clarke goes it alone; musically, as this is her first solo record, and in her own life, laid bare and played out in the leave-it-all-behind-and-start-anew nature of the lyrics. The songs were written in on the Isle of Bute in 2018, where Josienne relocated for a year, overlooked by a snowy Ben Nevis.

Josienne accompanies herself on pared-back acoustic and electric guitar throughout. She’s joined on the record by experimental piano prodigy Elliott Galvin, innovative jazz drummer Dave Hamblett, celebrated Scottish harpist Mary Ann Kennedy and guitarist / bassist Sonny Johns who co-produced the record with Josienne.

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White Denim – Last Day Of Summer

White Denim, dubbed the “last great rock n’ roll band” by The Guardian, has launched Radio Milk Records with a remastered reissue of their 2010 fan-favourite Last Day of Summer. Once impossible to find on vinyl due to a limited pressing of 500 copies, the album has been remastered by Joe La Porta at Sterling Sound, and pressed to heavy translucent green vinyl. This will be the first time the album is available in record shops! Recorded in a 1940s-era Spartan trailer in Driftwood, Texas, the self-produced album is full of “experiments, detours, and well- taken chances” [-Pitchfork]. The cuts on Last Day of Summer range from jazz instrumentals to folk to psychedelia, and showcase the band’s range better than any album in their catalog. Future Radio Milk Records releases will include live recordings from White Denim and other local and international bands.

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Giant Sand – Glum – 25th Anniversary Edition

1994s Glum was to be Giant Sand’s largest record and in order to make it so, Howe Gelb invited everyone along to the party. This carnival help create Giant Sand’s best record to date and Glum is now proudly re-issued by Fire Records.

A conceptual masterpiece, complete with a second disc capturing a classic KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic session just prior to the original album’s release in 1994. An epic windswept desert dry encounter with one of America’s greatest bands that traverses genres and styles to create a complete masterpiece.

John Fogerty  –  50-Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks

This concert was recorded on June 20, 2019 as part of John Fogerty’s 50 year celebration of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Woodstock performance.  The 19-song concert features such Woodstock highlights as “Born on the Bayou,” “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary,” “Keep On Chooglin’,” and “Suzie Q,” alongside later hits like “Centerfield” and “The Old Man Down the Road.”

The Nazz – Open Our Eyes: The Anthology

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra reissue the 2002 double-disc, 35-song anthology from Todd Rundgren’s early band The Nazz, right down to the original foldout artwork.

POND are announcing Sessions, an album of live studio performances composed of songs from across their discography. The long player was recorded while on tour in the EU this Spring. The digital and vinyl release is officially out Novermber 8th, 2019 on Spinning Top/Interscope, however, those who have purchased tickets to attend the band’s upcoming North American tour will be able to pick up the vinyl at the shows. With this announcement comes the exhilarating album cut “Don’t Look At The Sun (Or You’ll Go Blind),” a live, fan-favorite, taken from their debut LP Psychedelic Mango released in 2009.

The band’s Jay Watson had the following to say on the genesis of “Sessions”: “We wanted to capture how the band has been playing live lately and commit that to tape while we were in the middle of a long tour. As you play the same song for years, or even as a single tour rolls on, the way you play the songs mutates. Little inflections and fills become part of the song, and the structures and even the overall feeling and intent of the songs change. I always loved listening to my favorite bands’ ‘Peel Sessions’ and wanted something of our own in that vein. We hope you dig it!“

Taken from the live studio album ‘Sessions’ out November 8th on Spinning Top, Marathon Artists & Interscope.

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Australian psych-pop band Pond have just shared the new video for “The Boys are Killing Me” from this year’s  march released album Tasmania. It was shot on the band’s recent UK/EU tour and you can watch that.

‘The Boys Are Killing Me’. Shot on Super 8 by Jay Watson, the footage sees the lads frolicking about during their tour through Sweden, the UK and France.

‘The Boys Are Killing Me’ Taken from the album ‘Tasmania’ out now on Spinning Top, Marathon Artists, Caroline & Interscope

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Pond have just announced that they’ll will release a new album, “Tasmania”, in a couple months. The project — which is led by former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook put their most recent album, The Weather, back in 2017, and Tasmania is being presented as a “sister album” to that one. As with most of their albums, this one was produced by Allbrook’s former bandmate and Tame Impala head honcho Kevin Parker.

Last year, the band released two songs that will be featured on the album “Burnt Out Star” and “Sixteen Days”  and now they’re sharing another new one, “Daisy,” alongside an accompanying music video.

Allbrook had to say about the track in a fan newsletter: “Daisy” includes an interpolation of the Pilgrim Brothers ‘I Feel Like Going Back Home’. It’s about Summertime, the rigs are out, fires burn, bottl’os and dams drained aaaaand photos leaving us warped memories. Blood and lonely saltwater cowfolk.

‘Daisy’ is the new song from POND.

Tasmania is out 1st March via Spinning Top/Marathon Artists/Caroline/Interscope.

POND reveal new single ‘Sixteen Days’

POND have shared the video for their new song ‘Sixteen Days’.

“‘Sixteen Days’ is about, once upon a time, being jealous and paranoid, too ground down and mad to enjoy love and Genoa,” frontman Nicholas Allbrook says of the track. The video was directed by visual artist Kristofski, who also worked with the band on their video for ‘Fire In The Water’.

It’s their first new music since eight-minute-long spatial adventure ‘Burnt Out Star’ came out back in July. The band released their seventh album  ‘The Weather’ last year and are due to head on an extensive US tour this October and November.

‘Sixteen Days’ is the new song from POND

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As the drummer of the Australian band’s Pond and keyboard player for Tame Impala, polymath Jay Watson can be considered a veteran of the kind of tie-dye pop that’s melted minds at festivals across the globe. As an outlet for Jay’s personal music works, GUM has historically been a much more low-key affair than these collectives – an intergalactic journey explored largely from the comfort of his own bedroom studio. Here he is returning with his fourth album in 2018, ‘The Underdog’ is a record that sees him continue his quest with joyful aplomb.

 

As expected, bleary-eyed psychedelic pop numbers are the main ingredient of ‘The Underdog’, with the triumphant title track setting the mark for what’s to come. A space-age soul anthem straight from the book of Todd Rundgren, it packs enough bass licks to make Stevie Wonder blush, alongside a dizzying stack of rocket-launch electronics and fuzzy synths. Cosmic lullaby ‘Seratonin’ is another highlight; a tender and blissed-out plateau that offers a dreamy counterpoint to the bassy swagger found on tracks like ‘The Blue Marble’. Meanwhile, ‘Couldn’t See Past My Ego’ offers a different psych-out, recalling The Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ with it’s merry-go-round synthesiser arpeggios and vocal hooks.

Elsewhere on the record there are hints of dark, throbbing electronic funk as Watson switches up his play with drum machines and sequenced electronics. Beginning with ’S.I.A.’’s motorik beats and dancing bass lines, the album’s side-odyssey peaks with the schizophrenic, arpeggiated climax of ‘Trying My Best’ and concludes with the six-minute rhythmic thumper ‘The Fear’ at the album’s tail end.

While the limited production leaves something to be desired (there’s little here that sounds like it was recorded with full live players), Jay’s knack for pop hooks makes his latest record shine just as much as his previous sun-soaked offerings.

My new album ‘The Underdog’ is out now! I’m touring across US, UK and Europe in April,

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Official music video for The Blue Marble by GUM off his album, The Underdog. If a member of both Tame Impala and Pond made a solo record, what would it sound like? The answer is GUM. The solo project of multi-instrumentalist Jay Watson, GUM is another offering of psychedelic pop from a man who is well versed in the genre. His full album, The Underdog, drops April 6th.

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With the new digital reissue of their 2017 album ‘The Weather’ – produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker – released this week, Aussie band Pond have shared a music video for ‘Fire In The Water’, a bonus track from the work.

Directed, filmed and edited by acclaimed visual artist Kristofski, the clip features POND frontman, Nicholas Allbrook dancing joyously through the streets of Tokyo.

Of the video’s origin, Kristofski states: “Jay [Watson] hit me up on Instagram and said “Hey Kristio, do you wanna come meet us in Tokyo in two days and shoot a clip?” and then I was in Tokyo and by far it was the most rude trip of my life. We got lost a lot and kinda just followed Nick around because he kept wanting to find this rainbow bridge which I don’t think ever existed. Sometimes we would just stop and film where ever we were.

“The original idea was Nick turning into a jellyfish, floating over the buildings looking down on all these people eating ramen and sushi but that idea didn’t really fly. That was Nick’s idea, by the way.  I like how we have those koi fish in the clip, because they are like fire in the water. It was also Joe’s birthday, which was nice.”

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