The Murlocs waste no time getting stuck into things on album number five, with lead singer Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s distinctive harmonica ringing out in the first moments of opening track Francesca.

Gone is the gritty lo-fi of their earlier releases, however the Melbourne band have by no means compromised their sound. Instead, the more sophisticated production helps further accentuate the band’s well-honed style, which borrows the best elements of blues, rock and psychedelia in a way that still feels revitalising.

Perhaps coloured by extended time in isolation, the album feels remarkably more reflective than previous Murlocs records, with tracks such as No Self Control and Misinterpreted largely sombre but still sprinkled with the band’s undeniable rhythm.

Bittersweet Demons by The Murlocs is out now via Flightless.

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