Perth Psych rockers Pond are back with their 6th album, Man It Feels Like Space Again. One of the perks of our job here is to be able to hear some great music before it is released, like this new album, which I jumped at the chance to hear.
Man It Feels Like Space Again, is 9 tracks full of sparkly guitars, smooth echoing vocals, jittery grooves and seemingly more synths that the previous Pond albums. In other words, it is 45 minutes of great garish glam rock.
The albums opening track, Waiting Around For Grace, starts out warm and fuzzy, easing us in to the album but it doesn’t take long for Pond to break into total chaos with lead single Elvis’ Flaming Star.
Holding Out For You, is a laid back, mellow tune of gauzy guitars and resounding vocals.
Zond is power electronics, more spacy and futuristic than psych.
Heroic Shart proves to us that Pond does not take themselves to seriously when it comes time to name a song.
Sitting Up Our Cranes is a favourite of mine. Nick Allbrook impresses with his vocals layered over gentle guitars.
Outside Is The Right Side is a funky throwback to 70’s funk music but with a twist only Pond could give to keep it from sounding stale and dated.
Another favourite of mine is the stripped back, bluesy Medicine Hat. Allbrook starts out alone with just a guitar before the rest of the band joins in. Finishing out the 9 tracks is the 8 minute long Man It Feels Like Space Again.
Man It Feels Like Space Again is perfect for lovers of MGMT, Flaming Lips, and of course dare I say it.. Tame Impala.
Pond proves to us they are gifted musicians who don’t follow rules. They have a sense of freedom, giving us a deranged load of fun.
Man It Feels Like Space Again drops tomorrow Jan 27th in the U.S.