When the Flood Comes The Audreys ABC/ Warner
THE great strength of the Audreys’ debut album Between Last Night and Us two years ago was that it merged, seamlessly, strains of alt country, folk and delicate pop melodies. That formula is to the fore once again on the South Australian quintet’s follow- up, although When the Flood Comes swims in darker waters than its predecessor. ‘‘ There’s a big change coming down the highway’’ is the first line of the opening song, Chelsea Blues, and it signals the theme that permeates the remaining 11 tracks. Whisky, apparently, was the fuel that fired up some of these songs. What singer Taasha Coates found at the bottom of her glass appears to be, lyrically speaking, a mixture of apocalypse, redemption and lust; and, no, she’s not singing about Saturday nights in Adelaide. There’s great chemistry at work here in the melding of banjo, violin and an assortment of rootsy accoutrements with Coates’s fragile, breathy vocals. It works particularly well on the sombre, understated Closing Time, the funereal Here He Lies and on the equally beautiful and laid- back Small Things. Fill up the glass and enjoy.