Everything is Forgotten Methyl Ethel Dot Dash Western Australia quickly is becoming the home of Australian psychedelic rock, fuelling dream pop proclivities and inspiring infectious grooves. It’s from the same Perth talent pool that acclaimed Australian bands Tame Impala, Empire of the Sun and Methyl Ethel were born. The trio Methyl Ethel, with its sophomore release, has cut loose to explore the full potential of its sound. Pulsing synths and syncopated embellishments are intermingled with the smooth, androgynous vocal of frontman Jake Webb to create a wonderfully stimulating listening experience. Evocative ideas are paired with absurd lyrics, like the repetitive chorus of Ubu: “Why’d you have to go and cut your hair?”.
Oh Inhuman Spectacle, the band’s debut release in 2015, lacked a cohesion that, despite the awkward acoustic aesthetic of Act of Contrition, has been cultivated this time around. Producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals) injects unifying elements, particularly in texture and rhythm. Twitching synths and a rich guitar hook reminiscent of Brisbane indie rockers Last Dinosaurs start the album on Drink Wine, a strong opener with a swelling momentum that is continued throughout. Femme Maison/One Man House hums with a catchy arpeggio before it crescendos to a far darker and distorted place, and Groundswell is self-explanatory, a commanding beat that bubbles from the ground up.