Breakbeats dawdle then pound, glistening electronics march across the bridge of your nose, and disco rhythms accompany synth supernovas, as Watson describes the micro-troughs and macro-peaks of his mind. Like his other two musical projects (Tame Impala and Pond), GUM mines psychedelic electronica and cosmic rock, but the difference here is his grasp of melody; these songs lodge in your head more effectively than a Sherbie in your molar.
Track three is titled S.I.A and stands for Say It Again – “I’ll say it again, but you won’t understand,” repeated times a hundred. I think it’s reverse psychology because despite The Underdog‘s weirdness I feel as if I totally comprehend this reflection of one person’s place on our rotating “blue marble.”
The Underdog is out now via Caroline.
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