The Nature Strip with their brand of intelligent power pop (see EP ‘Past Pacific’, reviewed by me here) continue their 2022 come back with the new single ‘Sixth Sense’: a vibrant hyperkinetic bundle of popping power chords, layered harmonies and the trademark sense of levity and joy. Well, not all joy, perhaps.
A rather more muscular guitar-driven piece of finery, ‘Sixth Sense’ is The Nature Strip at their most buoyant with its frenetic pace and bubbly melodies, and yet there is a darker tone to the lyrics with a sense of anxiety and uncertainty born of our times:
Something’s going on
I can’t put my finger on
Everything still looks the same
Your voice, your face, your skin
Your taste and touch convince
But there is something out of frame
Something’s certainly going on in the fevered, creative minds of the band (see comeback single ‘Surgery’ from February and bass player Pete Marley’s recent solo musings in Marveline, which all display a darker lyrical content) but the sonic joy firmly remains intact:
The single is out now and available everywhere, and The Nature Strip will be strutting their stuff at the Marrickville Bowlo on Sunday, 5 June 2022 – see details below.