This Melbourne band’s full-length debut is a minor marvel: 10 perfectly pitched guitar-pop songs, not a dud among ’em. There are echoes of other bands – generous handfuls of R.E.M. and the Cure, mostly, with a little New Order and Television thrown in – but they make it all sound absurdly crisp and new, like some kind of magic trick.
Take “Mainland,” the album’s third track and one
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