Melbourne-based trio Romy Vager, Reuben Bloxham and Marc Nolte return with their second RVG album. Recorded with esteemed former PJ Harvey and Nick Cave producer Victor Van Vugt, Feral deliberately has a more spontaneous and ‘live’ feel than its predecessor, accurately translating the power of their acclaimed on-stage performances.
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Fusing the slinky guitar lines of the Blue Aeroplanes with a lyrical/vocal style similar to Peter Perett, 'Feral' by RVG is power-pop at its best and most listenable. If you like music that could be played during a sun-dappled montage in an indie film then this album is for you.
'Feral' brims with youthful angst, accentuated by mock-dumb lyrics like ‘let’s go to the park/let’s sit in the dark’, or ‘I don’t like this song, but if you like it then so do I’. Although ‘Feral’ has a whimsical feel, it never feels particularly lightweight. There’s a depth to the emotions displayed on the record. The stupider lyrics are juxtaposed against well-wrought depictions of human frailties brought into contact with things like pregnancy, the dissolution of relationships and nostalgia.
Full of squeaky-clean production and dynamic, impassioned vocals, 'Feral' feels like a lost inclusion into the C86 stable. The songs trip along at a fair old place, chockablock with pretty meat-and-potatoes arrangements and surf-y guitar lines. But, like great indie-pop before them, it's not necessarily about the sounds but the heart and the pulse. That's the thing to listen for.
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