For those of us who remember the famous C86 cassette release from the NME, Postcard Records and bands like The Go-Betweens, Orange Juice, Jonathan Richmond and Prefab Sprout, hearing Flowertruck is like time travelling back to the eighties. This band, from the inner west of Sydney, Australia, has that certain twee ingredient, a sense of innocence and a hint of gaucheness yet a divine mastery of melody. Their new single, “Good Enough for Now”, is a jaunty, jangling tune with an unabashed Australian flavour of bright sunlight and wide eyed wonder.
The video captures this faux naivety – somewhat knowingly and tongue in cheek – with the band hamming it up as some kind of evangelist summer camp cheer squad complete with – be warned – sandals with socks. Very brave:
This is a fantastic pop masterpiece replete with an Australian drawl and a cheeky, laconic delivery. If it’s cold up in the northern hemisphere at the moment, this is guaranteed to make you feel toasty. Flowertruck’s new album will be released on 16 March and the band will be touring throughout most of Australia in April. You can listen to the single and their earlier releases here.