Pond – Tasmania
An unpredictable and exciting record flowing with psychedelia and funk-driven basslines, Tasmania is a true reflection of what makes Pond so great
For those familiar with Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, it should come as refreshing news that their new release Tasmania is on a level with their best albums to date. An unpredictable and exciting record flowing with psychedelia and funk-driven basslines, it's a true reflection of what makes the band so great.
From the tracks that were put out before the album’s release, Daisy is a clear highlight with its striking funky bassline prevalent throughout; finishing with a soft, drawn out final two minutes that's almost therapeutic. The groovy vibe continues through the album, arguably drawing you in the most on its title track. Nick Allbrook’s vocals are a unique oddity, switching between hoarse and raw to soft and high-pitched (tinged with a great Australian accent, making them all the more special).
Produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, there are similarities between the two bands; little drops of psychedelic pop and synths reminiscent of Currents, Tame Impala’s most recent release, are highlighted throughout.
Closing with the soft, remorseful Shame, then quickly diving into the album's final track Doctor’s In – a hypnotic driving force of a song – is a fantastic ending couplet for a varied and highly enjoyable record.
Listen to: Daisy, Tasmania, Doctor’s In