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.