Ball Park Music are groove gurus: they find one magnetic vertebrae and then let it scuttle loose, trusting it to attract the right elements, allowing each bone to click into place without overcrowding the ideas.
It’s a gift of restraint, which isn’t the same as sparsity – the songs on their sixth, self-titled album are lush lessons in energetic and gracefully-crafted dynamics, bearing few of the flighty, twee quirks which (paradoxically) bogged down some of their earlier material.
That catalyst-vertebrae can come from any corner, too: On Spark Up! it’s the skintight, syncopated funk of an absolutely nailed bassline/drum connection; on the outrageously beautiful Cherub, it’s a melody which blooms in fractals, flowering outwards into a gorgeous cacophony.
Ball Park Music is a worthy follow-up to 2018’s triple-ARIA-nommed Good Mood and sees the Brisbane five-piece reach new planes of sophistication.
Ball Park Music by Ball Park Music is out October 23 via Inertia.
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