Here’s one we’ve been playing quite a bit lately. The Love Explosion, who formed in Sydney in April 2007, are Tom and Indigo and their home computer. And it’s taking me back to the late 80s when records by Felt, the Stone Roses and Jesus and Mary Chain were getting some rotation on the turntable.
There are four tracks here, all with a lead male vocal - the cruisy type as featured in the above bands (add the Church in there too, especially on ‘Dream Transmission’), fuzzy guitar over slightly psych-pop backing and sweet keyboard sounds. “Summertime I feel fine” he sings in ‘Yours and Mine’ and it is a perfect track for the coming months ahead.
Songs that fade in always get the thumbs up around these parts and when some Lawrence-style guitar noodlings and backwards cymbals is added to the mix, all the better. And that’s just the intro to ‘I Wanna Go Back’. Love the backwards guitar and the random cymbal bell.
‘The Future Sound of Annandale’ goes all Eastern on us with a very 80s drum pattern backing it up. There’s a small handful of softly spoken lyrics too in this psychedelic musical essay that heads into a few different directions. Booth Street never sounded so good.
The Love Explosion's bio mentions that they love British 80s/90s bands and that pretty much says it all about the four songs on this EP. But that’s not all. They have one more important thing to tell us: Their other hobbies are making clothes and gardening. Great stuff. -ND