Monday, 16 September 2013

Pond - O Dharma

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Perhaps the continued success of Pond, despite their incredible work-rate, is due to the fact that they don't just pick a noise and stick with it. They're a psych-rock band and unless anything drastic changes that's how they'll always be known. That term is broad though; many many bands have been described as psych, but the '60s jangle of,say, The Byrds is quite far removed from the deep and heavy grooves that have been made singles from new album 'Hobo Rocket' so far. Both 'Giant Tortoise' and 'Xanman' could never be mistaken for that band.

The same can be said for 'O Dharma', but you can also say that this song doesn't plough those deep and heady furrows that the other singles did. This is still a "psychedelic" track but it's lighter, more airy, and it drifts through your ears like a puff of smoke, all wispy and without a set form. The DIY-style video works well as a visual accompaniment. There's another side to 'O Dharma' though, and the second half takes you on a different musical trip, but still one that takes in the external and the far-flung as opposed to the internal and the intense. It's a little bit like going on a magic carpet ride, and it's all rather wonderful.

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Catch them live:

Thursday, December 12: Metropolis Fremantle, Perth
Friday, December 13: The Gov, Adelade
Saturday, December 14: The Zoo, Brisbane
Thursday, December 19: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday, December 20: Metro Theatre, Sydney

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