‘Wives, Beards, Denim’ is the most recent album out of Australia from Pond. Album title and name give a great impression of what’s to come, music that explores the strangeness within reality.
The album kicks off with a Fantastic Explosion of Time starting with a brilliantly simple guitar until the band swarms in to give a psychedelic feel. The band continues with this theme with influences from Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, and Thee Oh Sees. As the album progresses the band explores different areas in rock, with some tracks drawing similarities with the stomp of Meg White, while others showing the same textures as Tame Impala. This isn’t a surprise though as the drummer/ producer of the album is Kevin Parker, songwriter and general music wizard of Tame Impala.
It is the music exploration is also the downfall in their greatness. The album seems not quite to settle at points, and because of this the album feels long on continuous listen. I look forward to hearing this band progress with more focus, and we can definitely hope for something truly great.