New full length album Jane’s Lament from Sydney’s Au.Ra who are Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles. Inspired by jamming sessions, the sounds build up through drone, looping melodies and drums, and reverbed instrumentation. Dreamy, psychedelic pop music. Chilled out meditative sounds. CD and vinyl on Felte.
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It’s not often I’m impressed but in deciding what on earth we could review this week I chanced upon the opening track of this album by Sydney duo Au.Ra which is immediately ear friendly. It’s kind of like the House of Love covering PIL’s ‘Public Image Limited’ with a healthy dose of ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ in the grooves - certainly the bass line is naggingly familiar but the guitars are in all the right places whilst the vocals take a back seat to the glory of the music. Glorious stuff.
What else is on offer? Well the quality doesn’t slip on ‘Sun’ which has the dreamy sun-drenched dapple of Washed Out about it. The album is lovely on the ears, soft and bubbly and melodic. I can hear bits of Ride here and there and bits of Real Estate but it’s all shot through the prism of Australian sunshine. Sometimes they head back to the ‘80’s for inspiration, there’s hints of Sleepy Jackson/Empire of the Sun in ‘You’re On My Mind’ with some luscious synths stretching out like a dog catching the afternoon sun. They haven’t stopped at half time either - a flip overleaf sees things getting weird and discordant with the pulsating bass and feedback opening of ‘Spare the Thought’ which leads in turn to some serious John Squire jangling.
This is luscious dream pop that sits somewhere in that sweet spot between the Stone Roses, House of Love and Empire of the Sun. It’s early days but it’s fair to say I’m enjoying what I’m hearing.
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