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A SURREAL DELIGHT – POND SESSIONS

Pond by Pooneh Ghana

By Suzy Phoenix
A Surreal Delight (POND – “Sessions”)

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Dive into PONDs new release “Sessions”. The water may actually be jelly, or there may be three eyed fish in there, or perhaps it’s a portal to another dimension. I’m not sure but the album is a surreal delight.

This Perth psychedelic rock band many will know. Originally formed in 2008, it was a side project of Jay Watson, the former bass player for Tame Impala. The band currently consists of Jay Watson, Nick Allbrook, Joe Ryan, Jamie Terry and James Ireland. The members are not set in stone. It seems they have a revolving line up, still with ties to Tame Impala. POND are currently touring England and they often play festivals around the world.

I am a first time listener to POND and the minute I heard the intro to the first track “Daisy” I was transported. Into a delightful, quirky world. These guys are letting their collective freak flag fly and the result is a sweet aural feast.

There is an unusual romance running all through this album, whether the syrupy lyrics are asking you to sweep a man off his feet or pick him up a six pack.

The tag of psychedelic rock is understandable, but it doesn’t mean you have to take psychedelic drugs to appreciate it. “Don’t Look At The Sun (Or You’ll Go Blind)” will make you wonder if someone has popped something into your drink, it’s so melodically mesmerising.

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I began listening to “Sessions” when we had unseasonable weather in Perth. As the rain was pattering on my roof I especially enjoyed the slower track “Weather”, the music falling down around me like a gift from the sky. Give yourself a gift, listen to “Sessions” by POND as soon as you can.

POND – SESSIONS ALBUM & VIDEO

Currently performing sold-out shows in Europe and the UK, before they return to Australia in January for dates with Mac DeMarco, POND will release their live studio album Sessions on Friday 8 November via Spinning Top | Caroline. 

Recorded in the European spring during their tour earlier this year, Sessions also features the exhilarating album cut Don’t Look at the Sun (Or You’ll Go Blind). The live fan-favourite contains a reference to Six Pack by ESG and Firestarter by The Prodigy and is taken from their debut album Psychedelic Mango released in 2009.  

“We wanted to capture how the band has been playing live lately and commit that to tape while we were in the middle of a long tour,” says Jay Watson of the release. 

Jay Watson

“As you play the same song for years, or even as a single tour rolls on, the way you play the songs mutates. Little inflections and fills become part of the song, and the structures and even the overall feeling and intent of the songs change. I always loved listening to my favourite bands ‘Peel Sessions’ and wanted something of our own in that vein. We hope you dig it!” he adds.

PERFORMING THIS JANUARY AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR MAC DEMARCO

Set to embark on a headline tour of Europe and the UK, before they return to Australia to perform with Mac DeMarcoPOND today share the video for Hand Mouth Dancer. The track is taken from their forthcoming live studio album Sessions available Friday 8 November via Spinning Top | Caroline. The studio version was originally released this earlier this year on their epic eighth studio album Tasmania.

Directed and edited by creative king Elliott Arndt the video captures the uninhibited abandon of enigmatic frontman Nick Allbrook in an activated work of art. 

Recorded in the European spring during their tour earlier this year, Sessions also features the exhilarating album cut Don’t Look at the Sun (Or You’ll Go Blind). The live fan-favourite contains a reference to Six Pack by ESG and Firestarter by The Prodigy and is taken from their debut album Psychedelic Mango released in 2009.  

“We wanted to capture how the band has been playing live lately and commit that to tape while we were in the middle of a long tour,” says Jay Watson of the release. 

“As you play the same song for years, or even as a single tour rolls on, the way you play the songs mutates. Little inflections and fills become part of the song, and the structures and even the overall feeling and intent of the songs change. I always loved listening to my favourite bands ‘Peel Sessions’ and wanted something of our own in that vein. We hope you dig it!” he adds.

Sessions Tracklisting:

1. Daisy

2. Paint Me Silver

3. Sweep Me Off My Feet

4. Don’t Look At The Sun (Or You’ll Go Blind)

5. Hand Mouth Dancer

6. Burnt Out Star

7. Tasmania

8. Fire In The Water

9. The Weather

10. Medicine Hat

11. Man It Feels Like Space Again 

Sessions follows on from Pond’s most critically acclaimed album to date, Tasmania. Their eighth studio album debuted at #15 on the ARIA album chart and #2 on the AIR independent chart in March. Produced and mixed by  Kevin Parker and Pond, the LP acts as some kind of sister missive to their 2017 opus The Weather. The LP features the grandiose The Boys Are Killing Me, alt-pop anthem Daisy, psychedelic space romp Sixteen Days and spatial adventure Burnt Out Star

Pond possess an ever-expanding performance resumé, having toured with Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and Flaming Lips. They stunned at premiere musical festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Coachella, Primavera, Bonnaroo, Reading and Leeds, The Governors Ball, South by Southwest, St Jerome’s Laneway, Splendour in the Grass and more, and have sold out countless venues around the globe from New York’s Bowery Ballroom to Paris’ La Gaite Lyrique and London’s O2 Forum.  

POND – AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

with Mac DeMarco 

Tickets

10 January 2020 | Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW

11 January 2020 | Festival Hall, Melbourne VIC

15 January 2020 | Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane QLD

18 January 2020 | Red Hill, Perth WA

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