In the Service of Spring Dusken Lights Independent Paul O. Watling, the voice and pen behind this collection of beautifully understated pop songs, was at the helm of 1980s Perth outfit Rabbit’s Wedding, while others in this relatively new ensemble hail from another band of the period, the Cannanes. This debut album, several years in the making, is in the service of intertwining melodies, gently rumbling percussion and Watling’s poetic and at times Dylanesque ambiguous lyrics. On Mother Nature Wants Him Dead, for instance, an ambling acoustic shuffle underpinned by a spaghetti western whistle, there’s this view of an unnamed terror: “He had an unknown grievance and a certain circumstance / he made a crude explosive and it went off just by chance.” That’s as heavy as it gets on what is largely an uplifting set of tunes. Watling’s voice shares a tone with the wideeyed romanticism of Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, particularly the latter on songs such as the breezy Arrows of Joy and the more introspective and mildly psychedelic Sparks on the Wire. He sounds a bit wan in places, but bassist Francesca C. Bussey’s harmonies add body to the opening Superman, Wondergirl, The Frangipani are Open and the stark closer Moonflower. Set in the middle, Lodestar ups the pace and the volume with a rumble of toms, shimmering electric guitar and again the two vocals complementing each other. Multiinstrumentalist Alex Salter produced the album, giving it a warm glow and allowing the elements to breathe, including drummer Philip Rawlinson’s subtle touches and, most of all, Watling’s fragile voice.