Pond: Man It Feels Like Space Again

The Aussie jam collective grow up and get proggy.

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First came Psychedelic Mango in 2009.

Four years later they released Hobo Rocket, and now we have Man It Feels Like Space Again. From those titles alone, one can rightfully assume we’re in for something a little trippy. Middle-of-the-road pot-head prog, however, this is not. Sure, you sense they’ve had their fair share of Fear And Loathing… escapades, but it’s still a very ‘grown-up’ operation. Formed in Perth, Australia from a collective of jamming troubadours, Pond have evolved into a surprisingly tight, cohesive unit, having refined their freaky craft for this sixth studio album. Gauzy layers, pop hooks, funky touches and pulsating electronic beats unite in thoughtfully composed packages, amounting to one Lewis Carroll rabbit hole of whirling dreams and acid trips. And, you’ll be happy to hear, some bloody brilliant tunes, not least the triumphantly groovy, bouncy Elvis’ Flaming Star, which is rather like Todd Rundgren getting groovy with The Flaming Lips. Frank Zappa and 70s-era David Bowie are evidently influential, and employed to melancholy effect on the lovely likes of Sitting Up On A Crane. It’s a vibrant, commanding record. Buy it and be happy.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.