Glistening production on new concept album, the group release seventh LP
Australian Psych rockers Pond
Â have released theirÂ seventh album The Weather
, available to stream on Spotify
and Apple. Described as a concept album
, it is evident ofÂ Pond's
growing confidence as a group. Their usual musical diversity and melt-pot of influences have developed into something quite coherent on The Weather
. Often thought of as a cousin to Tame Impala, with Kevin Parker as a one-time drummer. Several members of Pond play in Tame Impalas live set up. Kevin Parker also does much of the production work for Pond, so it really is a family affair.
With members living in different cities and working as touring musicians with different tour schedules. Pond
Â write and record when they all end up in the same place for a few weeks, usually at Christmas. Latest interview
Â with DIY the band reveals how scattered they are in theirÂ musical influences and their geographical locations. The group still donât seem to take themselves or their music too seriously. Pond albumsÂ sound like a bunch of friends getting together for fun.Â Always a danger of being seen as throwaway when a band representÂ like this, luckilyÂ The Weather
speaks for itself.
The music speaks for itself
Their latest offering is a stronger version of Man It Feels Like Space Again, Hobo Rocket, and Beard, Wives, and Denim
. The Weather
glistens more, the production heavily features with sparkling synths and heavy to light shades of guitars from shimmery toÂ space rock. Nick Allbrook's vocals both dreamy and heavily effected take on a different vibe for each song. The Weather
finally feels like their diverse influences have melded together into something of its own.
Paint me Silver
is a standout track with its shimmery psych-disco and dreamy vocals, a definite contender for any summer road trip playlist. Sweep me off my Feet
, again is a standout track with Allbrook channeling Prince in his vocal delivery. Colder than Ice
is a more poppy experiment, 90's hip-hopÂ beat's and a slightly cheesy sax feature. More laid back moments on the album such as Edge of the World Pt 1
Â have a distinct at Pink Floyd
in vibe in parts.
Pond have dropped us a great summer Psych album for 2017 with The Weather. A great addition to festivalÂ line-ups this year, see below for their UK and European tour schedule.