Australian psych-rock band Pond have built a cult-like status upon a steady stream of albums since 2009. This month sees the release of their seventh studio album, The Weather.
The sleepy synths of 30000 Megatons are the perfect start, allowing frontman Nick Allbrook’s sombre, echoey vocals to swim among the instrumentation. Twinkly xylophone patterns over a punchy kit give a brighter, summery vibe to Sweep Me off My Feet.
Album highlight Paint Me Silver maintains this atmosphere, with a buoyant hook that runs throughout, alongside surf-style guitars. Other high points are Colder Than Ice and closer The Weather, which are moodier in style, with darker synth sounds allowing for smooth melodic interplay between vocals and guitar.
Edge of the World (Pt. 1 + 2) are both centred on ’70s psychedelia. While interesting, they sound like a lot of borrowed ideas, creating an MGMT/Led Zeppelin hybrid.
The Weather is full of great songs, and it could see Pond channelling out to find a new ocean of fans.
Edited by Jamie Lam