FRIENDLY ANALYSIS - Crowman on Cool Sounds
COOL SOUNDS – MORE TO ENJOY
Nick sent me this album after I saw Coo Sands perform at the Vic on the Park this past June. I’d rolled out a classic post-gig conversation pearler – “new songs sound good” – and he said he’d shoot the album through. I played the whole thing through the next morning, and found that what the night before had been a bit of conversation filler, was now borne out as truth. The new songs did sound good. Better than good. It’s wall-to-wall hits on this thing. Hooky as. Dain’s characters are getting weirder and the imagined movie script dialogues he passes off as lyrics are extra-inspired this time around. The synths sound bat-shit, on opener Hula Hoop Group in particular – with a side-scrolling video game squelch to it. Lots of shredding guitar work too, so much so that the big single Around and Down pretty much has a guitar solo for a chorus. It’s fiddly, tricky little lick that’s one of the most hummable things on the album. The rhythms are a little less direct as well, lots of funky feels and percussion embellishments. The one Nick sings on is a prime example. Good to see the conga getting a work out. The lyrics are good on that one too. Nick’s always been a keen observer of Australian mediocrity (in conversation as well as on wax) and he kills is with the phrase “tepid dreaming” in Golden Seasons – a Side A highlight.
While the last Coo Sands album, Cactus Country, was defined by lover’s trysts, neon streetscapes and buddy-cop comedy, More To Enjoy is glitzier, more upmarket. It’s a Sydney album. Or at least, Sydney as a band from east Melbourne might imagine it. It’s all there. The sun-burnt drongo hitting the piss in a beer barn, hiding out from his wife and kids in Bondi 666. Budding romance at the leagues club in Digi Dogs. The late night yacht-stomp of Blue Motion. It paints a picture of a beautiful city, full of heartbroken dickheads reaching out for some nameless, impossible love. “As long as I’m in your town, I ain’t ever gonna come down”.
It’s a cracker, basically. I’ve been playing it heaps.