Pond - The Weather album review

Australian psychedelicists return – in search of space

Cover art for Pond - The Weather album

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Pond have arguably suffered over the years from their close associations to fellow Perth acid-rock aesthetes Tame Impala. But despite Kevin Parker’s role as producer on this seventh album, they continue to show a maverick character of their own while sharing Parker’s ear for a heady, swirling prog-pop soundscape.

Their lyrical themes for one thing help add value on this loosely conceptual set.

Edge Of The World pt 1 contemplates migrating to more inviting corners of the universe, then again, opener 30000 Megatons, which suggests we deserve nuclear destruction over a slow-building Krautrock pulse, also notes, ‘If I was the man in the moon I wouldn’t let us in’.

The theme of being humble sinners continues on the hands-to-the-heavens pop redemption hymn Sweep Me Off My Feet, which admits, ‘I’m not an angel, barely a man’.

The music can be similarly off-kilter, but while the Miami Vice-style synthwash enveloping Colder Than Ice’s soft rock banger won’t be to all tastes, it shows that this is a band determinedly ploughing their own furrow.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock