The last two Goon Sax LPs solidified the band’s deft touch with the fallout from jangle-pop and New Wave. They created an amalgam that was rhythmically tense, but shaggy in its adoption of the current bend of Aussie Indie. Their records were vulnerable, but also a bit jaded, even for such a young band. With the announcement of their upcoming third LP and a move to Matador, the band puts a glossier veneer on their sound, but keeps the same balance of wounded versus brooding, trading vocals between Forster and Jones with the conversational appeal that made their early records stick. This latest is produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) and it darkens in some of the frayed edges of their early works. Its nice to see the band make good, and “In The Stone” is as big an earworm as they’ve ever laid down. The new LP is out July 9th from Chapter Music and Matador.
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