Stay A WhileMelbourne’s rock and electronic acts might define the city for most onlookers, but anyone who’s seen the likes of Saskwatch, The Bamboos, and indeed The Cactus Channel knows how strong the city’s got it for funk and soul.

Stay A While is the Channel’s third album and might be their most accessible: Lewis Coleman’s vocals give what were previously elaborate instrumental tracks something to grab the casual ear, but they’re no afterthought. Twisting and drawing his syllables out over tracks that range from groovy to ghoulish, it’s a whole new adventure for the band. While these parts would be impressive on their own, Stay A While is much more than the sum.

Stay A While is out November 3 via Hopestreet Recordings.

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