Melbourne-based The Stroppies took inspiration from Guided By Voices and The Great Unwashed in getting ideas recorded as quickly as possible so they were never standing still creatively. Starting out as a three-piece, they added a drummer following their wish to create more than the limiting nature of keyboard drum beats would allow. Despite fleshing-out their sound, their lo-fi, DIY charm still remains intact. The Stroppies are comprised from members of bands such as The Stevens, Dick Diver and See/Saw. Self-titled mini-LP on Tough Love Records, limited to 200 copies.
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This here is a lovely discovery. Lovers of doing music quick, the Stroppies apparently took their logistical influence from Guided by Voices and the Great Unwashed, aiming to write and record as soon as the ideas existed, sealing it all in before anything could change within the song DNA. Guided by Voices are a good starting point, since they spent about twenty dollars on their best album; these Ozzies benefit from their process but based on the gorgeous melodies and intricate coziness within the songs, you’d think they poured days, weeks and months into the thing.
These songs have slow-turned melodies and super quiet rocking (where even the bolder electric guitars sound lovely, nimble and acoustic), indirectly referencing the muted emotive brilliance of countrybuds Twerps and the brilliant Girlpool. Clocking at the literal perfect timing for an album -- just under twenty minutes -- it feels both throwaway and overthinking, a collection of old-school indie pop songs with minute melodramas.
I’m sure there are plenty of folks lying in wait to compare this one to the Flying Nun records of old, but it doesn’t matter what this sounds like, really: with a bedroom to crawl into at the end of the day, this cozy but reflective record sounds instantly relatable.
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