GO WITH THE FLOW
They burst on the scene in 2012 with indie-pop hit Awkward. Now touring their third album, The Water, San Cisco are all grown up
Be careful if you bump into Jordi Davieson at a party – you might end up in a song. The San Cisco frontman has turned more than one of his friends’ relationships into a breezy indie pop tune for his Fremantle foursome, and has no plans to stop now.
“I find people’s interaction with each other the most interesting thing,” Davieson says in a Perth bar alongside San Cisco guitarist and keyboardist Josh Biondillo. “It makes for good songs.” San Cisco’s third album,
The Water, a tight-knit collection of groove-driven synth-pop earworms, features several songs about relationships.
Sunrise is about “not being upfront” about the “level of commitment you’re looking for”.
That Boy flips to the female perspective and is about a good friend of the band who was “getting taken for a ride by every dude she hooked up with”.
“When you’re not part of two people it’s a lot easier to analyse the situation,” Davieson says. Despite the fact The Distance was inspired by The
Lego Movie, it’s fair to say The Water features more mature songwriting than, say, San Cisco’s 2012 hit Awkward.
“That wouldn’t be hard though, would it?” Davieson says, laughing.
Recorded in the Fremantle studio of John Butler, whose manager Phil Stevens is San Cisco drummer Scarlett Stevens’ father, the album also showcases the band’s development in the studio.
Davieson and Biondillo wrote the majority of the songs, taking influence from “a whole lifetime of music” including the Beach Boys, The Beatles and Bob Dylan alongside electronic and R&B acts such as Ratatat, Frank Ocean, Gorillaz and LCD Soundsystem.
The pair worked simultaneously on different songs in different rooms in Butler’s studio. When they reached a dead end, they would swap rooms and each work on the other’s song. “We doubled our productivity that way,” Biondillo says.
The San Cisco songwriting and production pair say that producer Steve Schram has been training them up to be studio ninjas.
“He is like a father figure, our best friend, our worst enemy – he’s like a villain,” Davieson laughs.
“We love him, we hate him,” Biondillo adds.
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San Cisco’s third album, The Water, is a collection of groove-driven synth-pop earworms.