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Nantes – Beingsbeing Album Review

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Sydney act Nantes have just released their brand new debut album ‘Beingsbeing’ and I will be upfront, based on their previous EP it was very different to what I was expecting from the lads.

Having been a huge fan of the breakthrough track ‘Fly’ and the EP track ‘Charlie’, both more bouncy guitar driven indie rock, it was a bit of a shock to see Beingsbeing have a strong synthetic undertow to it. Ok, so it wasn’t a total shock with the already popular Triple J played singles ‘Avid’, ‘Drones’ and ‘Unsatisfy’, giving some inkling that Nantes were expanding their sound. But it the effectiveness in which the guys had incorporated their synth done so that was the real surprising pleasure.

The album builds on the bands indie rock roots and as mentioned mixes things up a good variation of pop and heavy bass/synth vibes. The surprises were the tunes ‘Alice’, which is a little reminiscent of a Phil Collins number with brooding atmospheric drums and hazy vocals, and Awayke Dream which incorporated some interesting sampling. ‘Beingsbeing’s more predictable poppy tracks included the radio numbers ‘Avid’,‘Drones’, bouncy key number ‘Potrisis’ and my personal favourite the percussion laden ‘Lost Children’. Yet,  you did get the impression that somebody had been drinking too much whisky and listening to too much Phil Collins, as throughout the album there was a real reliance on slow churning bass lines and synth overlays, which did give some tracks a bit of a similar sound. I guess I was still pretty surprised at the defection from melodic indie rock the guys had undergone.

After several listens you also cannot help but decide there is an element of melancholic disappointment, or perhaps a stoned punkish anger seething through the album. The happiness of their EP has been replaced by a slightly more intense emotional vibe, perhaps a realisation of the difficulties of cracking the big time. Nonetheless, Nantes have definitely honed in and enhanced their sound and despite the aforementioned emotional intensity ‘Beingsbeing’ is an album that grows on you with every listen.



Dick Diver – Water Damage

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Melbourne four piece Dick Diver finished last year with the punchy single ‘Alice‘ and have now returned to the fray with an equally spectacular song called ‘Water Damage‘.

‘Water Damage’ is raw guitar rock being played at its very best. From the withdrawn vocals, to the mid-tempo beats this track just oozes these fantastic post punk lethargic vibes. Yet, at the same time it has a beautiful pop tinged melody and a really dreamy feel to it. It many ways the sound in ‘Water Damage’ reminds me a little of those by Bored Nothings and Courtney Barnett. Disinterested raw indie rock played in a way that is delivered with such coolness you cannot help but love it.

Dick Diver – Alice

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Out of Melbourne comes the interestingly named Dick Diver, and their new relaxed indie tune, ‘Alice‘.

‘Alice’ is an addictive take on the average Aussie battler story. Its chilled, polite and just bounds along so happily and carefree with its mixture of catchy jangly guitar hooks and matter-of-fact vocals. I love the way this song manages to encompass so many little aspects of life, from toast, to goal setting, and the high price of chicken. Its one of those songs that everyone can relate to, and is delivered in such a humorous and fun living way that you cannot help but tap your toes, smile and let this warm infectious indie rock take over. A fantastic summer jam that is bound to get plenty of plays on those warm humid nights on the porch.

With the success of ‘Alice’ and their debut EP of the same name, watch out for their debut LP to be released next year. And maybe, get a little excited, because I think these guys could deliver something special.