BETWEEN YOU AND ME SAN CISCO
Since its inception 11 years ago we have watched West Australian indie trio San Cisco grow up before our very eyes. It’s hard to believe it has been nine years since these friends from Fremantle broke through into the collective consciousness of Australian music with their catchy pop tune Awkward. On San Cisco’s fourth album, Between You and Me, the band stays true to its upbeat pop roots, with lush instrumentation on tunes such as Shine and a bevy of songs that will have you busting moves in your socially distanced lounge room. It’s not just one big party across this album, though. There’s a noticeable growth in the songwriting and lyricism compared with previous records, wrapping stories about relationships, love and loss in quiet reflection at times. The nuances of nostalgia and entirely relatable moments show a maturity that goes beyond what has come before. We have all had those moments of heartbreak reflected in Skin (“You say you still love me but in a different way”), the yearning of On the Line (“could you love me, one more time?”) and the honest moments reflected in When I Dream (“I’ve lost a few good friends lately and I think it’s my fault not theirs”). As the members of San Cisco have moved through their early 20s, their career, and towards Between
You and Me, they have matured as people and as songwriters. The selfawareness they have gained adds layers to their music I didn’t even realise were missing before. It’s rare for artists to make the transition from those awkward (pardon the pun) early albums to a more mature sound without a few cringe-worthy moments, but San Cisco has managed it. The sound of the band has remained full of synth sounds, quirky harmonies and fun upbeat songs, but we also hear more of where these songs began on this record. Quiet, acoustic-driven tunes such as the album’s finale and title track take us straight to singer Jordi Davieson’s bedroom: “I was cleaning my room today, found a box of letters you wrote to me. I read them one last time and threw them away.” The instrumentation is simple, the harmonies are soaring and the simple sentiment is beautifully written: “Our love was my favourite melody / Now our love is just a memory”. It’s easy to imagine that this is how all San Cisco songs and stories begin, before Josh Biondillo puts his synth spin on them and Scarlett Stevens gives the final nod for release.