In­die pop

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Emily Ritchie

The Wa­ter San Cisco Jar­rah/MGM West Aus­tralian quar­tet San Cisco has carved an im­pres­sive ca­reer thus far with its quirky bright tone and in­fec­tiously breezy hooks.

It has been two years since the band’s sopho­more re­lease, Grace­town, and The Wa­ter con­tin­ues ex­plor­ing the funk and soul un­der­tones that were em­braced on that pre­vi­ous al­bum, with a solid foun­da­tion in sprightly pop. The four­some has again teamed up with pro­ducer Steve Schram (Paul Kelly, the Cat Em­pire) and the re­sult is a re­fined sound with a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in hook fac­tor — each of the 10 tracks is a catchy de­light.

Things start off with a bang on the aptly named Kids are Cool, a fast-paced, groovy tune com­plete with funky bass line and a plethora of quirky back­ing vo­cals.

The Dis­tance opens with spa­cious synths and a pierc­ing hook be­fore lead vo­cal­ist Jordi Davieson begins lament­ing about a cou­ple strug­gling to con­nect. The tune is at times rem­i­nis­cent of the group’s stel­lar 2011 sin­gle Awk­ward, if miss­ing the en­gag­ing vo­cal duality of Davieson and drum­mer Scar­lett Stevens.

Did You Get What You Came For is an up­beat song that show­cases the de­light­ful tones in Davieson’s voice along­side glit­tery, ethe­real synths. Hey, Did I Do You Wrong? is laid-back, while the ti­tle track is heav­ily laden with lay­ered synths and in­tense vo­cals.

SloMo is a bub­bling, disco-in­fused track and That Boy harks back to the youth­ful en­ergy and call-and-re­sponse vo­cals that de­fined San Cisco’s de­but EP, Golden Re­volver, in 2010.

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