The Goon Sax
★★★★ We’re Not Talking WICHITA. CD/DL/LP Brisbane trio’s second album of crisply introspective indie guitar pop.
Two years on from their remarkable debut, still not in their twenties, The Goon Sax have created a glorious pop album that perfectly captures those awkward confusions on the road to adulthood. The voices of James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones exist in a delicious transitional space, between registers, as if grasping for something out of reach. Their songs occupy the same space, anxious yet joyous expressions of oxymoronic adolescent emotions. Brilliantly, for their second album, Drummer Jones arrives as a third songwriter, and her presence brings a wise melancholy serenity to proceedings. On the exquisite acoustic drift of Strange Light she even encapsulates what this angular pop indecision is all about. “I see a strange light,” she sings, “You check the bus times / We feel different from before.” That difference. Before and after. Few albums have ever expressed it better.