A Left Turn? Melbourne’s Underground Lovers have always followed their own GPS. They’ve continually been on the fringes of the Australian music party – the slightly awkward but eternally cool kids in the corner.
Their 10th album opens with a song called Feels Like Yesterday, a reminder that it’s 27 years since the Underground Lovers won the ARIA Award for Best New Talent. Second song, Bells, is the archetypal Undies track, a hypnotic piece of pulsating electro pop. Vincent Giarrusso and guitarist Glenn Bennie continue to create stunning soundscapes – it’s one of the more remarkable partnerships in Australian music. And Philippa Nihill’s vocals are the perfect counterpoint to Giarrusso’s voice: she’s dreamy, he’s dark and direct. The result is thrilling.
This is a wonderfully immersive experience. Produced by long-time collaborator Wayne Connolly – who also helmed the band’s most acclaimed album, 1992’s Leaves Me Blind – A Left Turn shifts seamlessly from the stark electronica of Soft Animal to the gloriously anthemic Seven Day Weekend. The record concludes with a track called Rocky Endings, but the strength of these songs shows there’s a lot of wear left in these Undies.
A Left Turn by Underground Lovers is out October 18 via Rubber.
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