I love Sydney. I’ve been a few times and the two things that I really like are the Sun, and the nightlife. Basking in the year-round heat (compared to here anyway) down surrounded by beautiful things; the opera house, the bridge, the harbour, it’s almost a perfect way to spend a day. but the nightlife, grittier but still fun, darker but still almost as good. I suppose that’s why it’s one of my (and probably many others) favourite cities in the world.
We’ve wrote about Sydney’s Preatures before. The band, Isabella Manfredi and Gideon Bensen share vocal duties with Jack Moffitt on guitar, bassist Tom Champion and Luke Davison on drums have been making instantly lovable pop music since 2011, and now they’ve released a new ep, their debut, Is this how you feel?
The album opens with the title track, and it sparkles with this perfect pop sheen right from the off. There’s gorgeous harmonies, and these agit-pop guitars, as both the vocal protagonists in the band trade in an enthralling and engaging fashion. We already knew it was good, after all they won 50k dollars in a songwriting competition for it, but it’s deliciously addictive listening.
Manic Baby follows on, taking something from (or is it giving something to) the Haim‘s of this world. It’s expansive, more so than its predecessor, with the female vocal harmonies urgent, wanting resolution which is brought by the chorus. It’s sort of close to the realm of indie-funk, without ever stepping too far away from straight up pop.
Revelation (so young) is more blue-eyed soul in the Fleetwood Mac (don’t they just influence everybody these days) mould, with Manfredi taking full vocal credits, and showing us that, like Stevie Nicks, she can handle emotion with ease.
All my Love see’s Gideon Bensen take the lead, in his quasi Buckingham role, and he responds with a ballad, that meanders but does so in such an attractive way it’s impossible not to forgive it. His vocal is gruffer, grittier than Manfredi’s pure voice, but it seems to work as a nice foil between them, although the sound of the band is, to me, more comfortable with Isabella at the front.
Dark times once again sees Bensen take the vocal, and although there are moments of Country-Rock towards the beginning, it’s quickly develops – mainly due to a memorable chorus into somewhere pitched between The Magic Numbers and INXS.
Seems that Preatures are very much like Sydney. There’s two sides to it, that are both likeable. On one side, with Manfredi at the helm down it’s like being surrounded by beautiful things, one the other with Bensen to the fore, it’s grittier but still fun, darker but still almost as good. I think, like Sydney, Preatures are becoming one of my favourite things in the whole world.