Song of the Week: Lower Plenty | Nullarbor

EVERY WEEK WE’LL BE POSTING OUR FAVOURITE SONG OF THE WEEK. THIS WON’T NECESSARILY BE A NEW RELEASE BUT RATHER A SONG WE’VE HEARD THAT HAS STUCK IN OUR HEAD AND REFUSED TO LEAVE.

There are a ton of bands coming out of Melbourne at the moment with a distinct jangly indie guitar sound that feels lo-fi but a lot of the time isn’t. Bands like Twerps, Dick Diver, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Adelaide’s Bad Dreems and now Lower Plenty. Their debut album Hard Rubbish (stream below) sounds like those other bands (they share members with Dick Diver, Deaf Wish, The Focus and UV Race) mixed with some of the raw desolation of The Drones’ quieter moments. In particular, the song Nullarbor and its accompanying video is a masterclass in the suspension of time and control of space and mood. With its lazy afterthought drumming and some heavy lidded, twinkling guitar lines that wander like raindrops down a window pane this is a road song that is an exercise in hyper reality. Singer Al Montfort nails the lazy Dylan sneer of his sung spoken words and captures a wonderful sense of laconic melancholia.

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