THE GOON SAX

WE’RE NOT TALK­ING WI­CHITA, OUT NOW

Q (UK) - - Review -

Bris­bane trio nail ro­man­ti­cally retro indie-pop. As Court­ney Bar­nett, Rolling Black­outs C.F. and Amyl And The Snif­fers have shown, Aus­tralian mu­sic is in rude health right now. Three­piece The Goon Sax should take their place in the fir­ma­ment, as book­ish pur­vey­ors of melo­di­ous indie-rock about young angst and self-dis­cov­ery. Their sec­ond LP con­tains songs of re­mark­able qual­ity, with Make Time 4 Love, Get Out and the won­drous Strange Light evok­ing the same kind of ro­man­ti­cism and acu­ity as Belle And Se­bas­tian or The Go-Be­tweens (co-singer Louis Forster’s dad Robert was, sig­nif­i­cantly, a mem­ber of the lat­ter). That said, there’s also a ro­bust­ness here too – af­ter all, they are named for the sil­ver in­nards of the cheapo Aussie boxed wine they call “goon”. Drink deep. ★★★★ IAN HAR­RI­SON Lis­ten To: Get Out | Strange Light

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