“Der-ner-ner-ner, der-ner-neeeer, on broadwayyyyy”. Those coming here for rousing soul cuts ala The Drifters will leave empty handed. However, there is a soul of sorts to what Broadway do, if you can trace that path down to The Fall and Sleaford Mods. Much like the latter, many a track here fuses cheap Casio drum loops with laconic half-ranted vocals. Two thirds of the band are the much-vaunted Aussies Art Rush and David Nichols.
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Right, this is great. This is an Australia indie pop supergroup featuring Art Rush, Claire O' Meara and the legendary David Nichols (the Cannanes, Crabstick) making the sort of wonderfully pastoral pop that only Australians seems to be able to concoct. They have a wordy yet laid back sound led by Rush's flurries of words softly vomited across the gentle shards of 80's influenced indie pop.
Now we've had a lot of this kind of indie-pop over the years from Lost Weekend to Huon but there's something extra special here and I think it's Rush who does it. He was once described by Vice magazine as "like a young RnB inspired Billy Joel making love to Beck" and injects these songs with a lop sided and intelligent wordsmithery that juxtaposes nicely with the simple and charming indie -pop. Since the album was recorded Rush now assumes a femme identity as Joni Nelson Rush and some of the songs here anticipate that change. I wish her every happiness (though selfishly I'm worried I'm going to miss the baritone tones of Art Rush).
Just another reason why this album is unique and enthralling and a thoroughly lovely slice of Aussie indie that recently inducted fans of the Goon Sax should check.
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