Phantastic Ferniture“The moment you stop trying so hard, magic will happen,” was the advice of my old high school teacher. That sentiment, with a sprinkling of spontaneity, permeates Sydney four-piece Phantastic Ferniture’s self-titled debut album.

Folk star Julia Jacklin and old friends Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan Brennan and Tom Stephens formed the group after a late night “OMG, we should start a band” convo, with the only rule being that there were no rules. The result is nine songs that uplift, and offer a moment away from reality. Single F-ckin ‘N’ Rollin stars, Dark Corner Dance Floor is brimming with energy, Uncomfortable Teenager struts along like someone destined for more, Gap Year is a sweeping breath of fresh air, and album closer Mumma y Pappa flirts with a darker side.

Phantastic Ferniture isn’t an album to overthink; it’s the kind of album you need to let soundtrack something fun you’re doing with your life. The band certainly did.

Phantastic Ferniture is out July 20 via Caroline.

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