Album Review Pond - 9

Pond - 9

Some of the most enthralling Australian psychedelia to emerge from 2021 (of which there is plenty).

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Taking its cues more from the lip-smacking passion of their own ‘Sweep Me Off My Feet’ than the tight-lipped rock of 2019’s ‘Tasmania‘, Pond’s swaggering sixth studio album delivers a dose of camp, doe-eyed, psych-pop escapism. Peacocking its absurd levels of pomposity across a nine-song sequence, it’s hard not to raise smiles at its tongue-in-cheek forces. Take ‘Pink Lunette’ as a case in point: deranged beats are treated to lunatic yelps (“Screaming! Screaming! Screaming!”) to near comic intensity. Overflowing with glamour and sass, ‘9’ takes nothing by halves. From its pulsating chemical beats, gun-blast drums, sky-scouring riffs and vocal histrionics, every aspect is produced to cavernous proportions. It’s only at the record’s final hurrah that Pond reach for any restraint - the plaintive romance of closer ‘Toast’ rolls out a rarefied laid-back groove and dashes with remorseful reflection, most notably referencing last year’s Australian bushfires. Among its mix of roistering anthems and melodramatic balladry, ‘9’ exudes a supple confidence throughout, engaging in some of the most enthralling Australian psychedelia to emerge from 2021 (of which there is plenty).

As featured in the October 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.

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