THEME OF LOSS AND LAMENT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Music -

IF you missed the news last week, Nick Gard­ner, bass player for Fre­man­tle fourpiece San Cisco, accidentally shot him­self in the foot.

Gard­ner had his ac­ci­dent while tak­ing time out on a friend’s farm be­fore the band jet­ted off on a tour of the United States and Mex­ico in sup­port of their new al­bum, Grace­town.

Re­leased on the band’s own la­bel (Is­land City Records), Grace­town is a col­lec­tion of jan­gly, happy-go-lucky pop snip­pets that fans of the group have grown ac­cus­tomed to.

Al­bum opener, and first sin­gle RUN, which came in at 33 in last year’s Triple J Hottest 100, sets the tone for the al­bum’s first few tracks with its puls­ing bass riff and in­fec­tious hook.

A larger re­liance on synths and lay­ered sounds emerge as the al­bum pro­gresses, mak­ing Grace­town sound at times like a Metron­omy al­bum.

This feel­ing is con­firmed on Jeal­ousy, which fea­tures Prea­tures vo­cal­ist Isabella Man­fredi in a back-and-forth with vo­cal­ist Jordi Davieson and is a bet­ter song than any that fea­tured on Metron­omy’s last al­bum.

Although Davieson has said the al­bum ti­tle re­flects a nos­tal­gic fond­ness for a child­hood retreat – the gui­tars and up­beat vo­cal de­liv­ery also of­ten mir­ror an ode to a hot sum­mer’s days spent along WA’s south coast – Grace­town also feels like a break-up al­bum, as lyri­cally each track fol­lows a theme of lament and loss.

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