THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS Ev­ery­thing’s a Thread Full Time Hobby ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

As any­one who has ob­served the com­ings and go­ings of Aus­tralian pop will tell you, the coun­try’s present spell in the lime­light is long over­due. The tim­ing is par­tic­u­lary good for the John Steel Singers, as their sec­ond al­bum of hazy, sunny, psy­che­delic, in­fec­tious songs is per­fectly in tune with pop’s cur­rent sway. As shown on their pre­vi­ous al­bum (and its brassy Over­pass ear­worm), the Bris­bane five-piece have this trusty knack for un­earthing strong melodies, quirky sounds and lush har­monies, all wrapped and rolled in sun­nysideup tex­tures. Happy Be­fore, Com­mon Thread and the ti­tle track are zesty and vig­or­ous, pro­pelled with con­sid­er­able mo­men­tum and fo­cus be­fore the dreamy vo­cals take off. Those who wowed at the re­cent Aussie psych ris­ing courtesy of Tame Im­pala, Jag­war Ma and Pond will dig State of Un­rest and The Marks­man. face­ john­steelsinge­rs Down­load: Happy Be­fore, Com­mon Thread, State of Un­rest

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