Low- Fi Records, Hi- Fi Ra­dio Black Mar­ket Rhythm Co. MGM

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

IT’S safe to say the mem­bers of Gold Coast four piece Black Mar­ket Rhythm Co are slightly peeved they weren’t born in the golden age of rock ’ n’ roll. When asked to de­fine their mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, the band reels off eras of rock revo­lu­tion rather than spe­cific mu­si­cians: the Bri­tish in­va­sion, the sum­mer of love, punk rock­ers dis­cov­er­ing reg­gae. While their de­but album is clearly in­flu­enced by th­ese pe­ri­ods, their sound is as fresh as just- baked bread and just as easy to de­vour. The disc is crammed with tracks that bounce be­tween dif­fer­ent styles, com­bin­ing el­e­ments of pop, rock, funk, folk, blues and reg­gae. The swift genre changes are made seam­less by lead singer Christo­pher Ernst’s vo­cal range. He is able to swing ef­fort­lessly from ten­derly sung bal­lads to rock yowl­ing to rootsy melodies. The album’s strong­est song is the ti­tle track, a sweet lit­tle ditty that laments rockin’ times gone by. Other stand­outs are You Said That You Loved Me, a jam driven by dirty gui­tars; the sul­try Black Mar­ket Lover ; and An­gel From Hell , where the vo­cals take on a de­cid­edly growly Nick Cave- es­que qual­ity.

Sarah Elks

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