By: Claudia Siregar |
Perth-based psychedelic rock quartet Pond is back with their latest album “The Weather.” Still sticking with their previous album’s neo-psychedelic vibes, Pond presents us with single “Paint Me Silver” off the album, which made it to our top tracks of 2018. Same as their previous albums, “The Weather” involves a lot of experimental elements – except that this time, they’re experimenting with softer and more sentimental sounds.
The track “30000 Megatons” opens the album with Nick Allbrook yelling over electro synths and distorted guitar sounds – something typical from Pond, as if screaming “yes, we’ve mellowed down but we haven’t lost ourselves.” Pond’s signature “unclean”, distorted guitar sound and Nick Allbrook’s signature chaotic screaming is still present throughout the album with tracks such as “A/B”, which surprisingly ends with a melancholic piano-driven outro and “Zen Automaton”, in which Allbrook screams and shouts over soft piano sounds and lo-fi beats, but heaviness isn’t something to be expected from “The Weather”. A lot of sentimental elements, however, is to be expected.
Sentimental tracks such as “Sweep Me Off My Feet”, “Edge of the World, Pt. 1”, title track “The Weather”, and “Edge of the World, Pt. 2” successfully won our heart and remind us of old bluesy Pond ballads such as “You Broke My Cool”. Blues-inspired, slow in tempo, and decorated with neat, slightly distorted guitar solos and layers of Nick Allbrook singing softly, the tracks make for a trippy, slow waltz at night in the park. Tracks such as “Colder Than Ice” and “All I Want For Xmas (Is A Tascam 388)” also fall into the soft and sentimental category – yet the strong, 80’s disco-inspired drum beats in these tracks make them more danceable than the others. The same thing could be said about the album’s upbeat, synth-heavy closing track “Fire in the Water”.
The album overall contains softer electronic synths and more use of the piano than Pond’s previous albums, making the tracks somewhat more danceable and more sentimental than Pond’s previous works – though, as usual, Pond’s signature lo-fi beats, shouted-out, somehow slurring, raspy vocals, and psychedelic synths still dominate the album. The real difference here is that “The Weather” gives us more of a “let’s chill and talk” than Pond’s previous albums – and less “let’s jam to this and get crazy!” Seems like the psychedelic rockers have mellowed down in time without losing their touch – not bad for a change of weather at all.
Favourite track: Edge of the World, pt. 1