4 July 2021
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Perth’s Green Pools took the obligatory break for COVID during 2020 and added to their degree of difficulty with heartbreak, a line up change and a hiatus from making music. ‘Blue’ is their return from all that and, gentle souls that they are, if they’re saying ‘fuck you’ to an unfair world, they’re doing it in the most beautiful way possible.
‘Blue’ is a song in two parts. It starts out all shy and softly spoken as it coils itself around your heart and gives it a gentle squeeze — just enough to take your breath away as Hutchinson sings, My blue dalliance, my treasured circumstance / We started where we parted / Bound up by youth. Then, around the 2:30 mark it builds into this beautiful behemoth of thing as layer upon layer is added until what you’re listening to is a towering edifice of wall-of-sound alt folk.
The chord changes and the low-down, Paul Kelly country guitar in the opening of ‘Blue’ are set to maximum heartbreak, so much so that, if you have any soul at all, you’re shedding a tear for Hutchinson’s loss before she sings a single word.
The ending of ‘Blue’ is a monster of an outro, it just grows and grows until Hutchinson sings, in staccato voice, This setting sun, can come real near / ‘Cause it’s bringing me home / To my baby, my dear / We started where we parted / And I’m still here, and then the guitars and strings take it out. There’s even feedback. That’d have to be a first for a folk song.
We give ‘Blue’ TFA.
Read more about Green Pools and the creation of ‘Blue’ here.
Green Pools launch ‘Blue’ at the Aardvark on 9 July. Get tickets here.
Since launching into our consciousness with their world beating single, ‘Manchester By The Sea’ in 2020, Trent-Jean have been an outfit to watch. Ever prolific, after the pop of ‘Manchester By The Sea’ they’ve tried on stadium rock, — ably assisted by Diamond Dave the Rooster — scuzzy electronica, rap and hip hop. Now, with ‘DISC0VR’, Trent-Jean are back to what they do best, pure pop.
‘DISC0VR’ is built around a synth and guitar riff that rises up to the wide blue sky and, in the bridge, breaks through into the stratosphere, taking off in a spaceship. Looks like Diamond Dave got sack (chop? We hope not).
This song is immediate and funky with its disco inspired guitars, soaring vocals and shaker maker backbeat that sits just a touch to the rear to give everything that sense of anticipation.
Trent-Jean must surely know our policy on dropping vowels by now, but with ‘DISC0VR’ they’ve served up a slab of crazy cool pop it’s difficult to be annoyed with for too long.
This one gets TFA and, yes, we can have two singles of the week. We can do anything we like.
Watch for an announcement on a launch date for ‘DISC0VR’ coming soon.
Well done, if you’ve read this far. You’re in for a real treat.
Easy Jean feature a three-pronged song writing partnership of Cheree Dobra from Melbourne dream pop band, Bayou, Andy Hill from Perth electronic outfit, Ambidexter, and Drew Wootton, guitarist from ARIA award winning band, The Panics. Add to this world music legend Grace Barbé on bass and Max Porotto on drums and you have a band you’d be mad not to pay attention to.
‘Hard Feelings & Real Tears’ clocks in at a generous five songs and is thought provokingly good. Beginning with the title track, a mostly instrumental jam that’s reminiscent of Jonathan Richman fused with Nik Turner-like sax, this one got me hooked from the get go. There’s just so much in it.
Original music often suffers by comparison, so I’m not going to do too much more, but it’s worthy of mention that the songs on ‘Hard Feelings & Real Tears’ also traverse some of the feel of legendary Melbourne outfit, Total Control, while walking the mean streets of New York sounding like anything from the Velvet Underground to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Second track, ‘Lay Down’, starts with the opening line, Tonight I’m all over the place. Well, Easy Jean are musos, I guess, but the music they create is anything but. It’s brooding and atmospheric; toned, taut and understated, demanding, always, nothing less than your full attention.
‘Hard Feelings & Real Tears’ is an EP you’ll go back to time and again, it’s richness and textures shedding different light on the songs each time you hear them. This is as close to being a modern masterpiece of contemporary music as you’ll hear, any time, anywhere, ever.
We give ‘Hard Feelings & Real Tears’ RFA and, yes, we can have an EP of the week as well as two singles of the week. Fuck you! 🙂
‘Hard Feelings & Real Tears’ is available to purchase here. If you know anything at all about record collecting, order the limited edition 12” 45 rpm vinyl before you have to spend the rest of your life living with regret.