The Goon Sax

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★★★★ 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.

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