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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Perth psych-rockers Pond keep on delivering, this time with their new track, Human Touch. Set to appear on their anticipated new album 9, the fuzzy release is another jam-packed psych-rock slapper that will have you busting a move or two and lift your lockdown blues.

Of the track, frontman Nick Allbrook shares: “One time a woman was smashing up a car outside my house, begging me to help her steal it. It was a lovely day. She was wired but sweet in a way. Her dog, Josie, was sitting in the passenger seat being very cute and fluffy. We talked for a good few hours in the sunny cul-de-sac and neither of us ended up committing grand theft auto. The music started with a grimey Casio loop Jay made, that we built the song around.”

The release arrives alongside a Panasonic CRT heavy visual, which offers vignettes of Allbrook busting out his best moves on the street, alongside other retro inspired scenes. Directed by Allbrook alongside Duncan Wright, Allbrook adds, "My original idea was to be dancing in the central business district of Perth, being thoroughly ignored by suits on their lunch break. Turns out me and Duncan Wright (Director) are both quivering Fremantle natives and terrified of the City. When Duncan saw a pretty sliver of morning sunlight in the West End we figured, stuff it, let's do it there. Zero people is kind of the same thing as being ignored by lots of people, right? I need some human connection blah blah blah. It was super fun to make. We didn't really have a strict plan and I overcame my anxiety about dancing in platform shoes to no music at 9am on a Tuesday morning like a kook.”

Produced by Pond and mixed by Jay Watson and James Ireland, their new record is set to bring a more curated approach, set to the bands signature psych-rock sonics. “We sort of gave ourselves permission to make something stuffed this time. We'd settled into a pretty tight routine with the last few albums and wanted to shake a boat with this so we started off with filling a few tape reels with some absolutely heinous improvised sonic babble which, after much sifting, became the first few songs of the album. We also wanted to up the tempo." Allbrook says of the album.

9 is out October 1. Watch the visual for Human Touch below!


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