Australian four-piece Redspencer have just unleashed their debut LP ‘Perks’ via Deaf Ambitions, following their self-titled 2015 EP.
‘Perks’ drifts along dreamily, musically showcasing a cool, care-free attitude. Damon Albarn-esque vocals surf waves of jangly guitars, creating tones reminiscent of the nineties, while simultaneously upholding a fresh, unique sound. At times, it is easy to almost slip off the edge of consciousness and allow the dream to consume you. However, it is imperative to stay attentive, as Redspencer has a message worth hearing.
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Lyrically, ‘Perks’ explores themes of mild existentialism and encourages you to let go of your anxieties. ‘Fuss’, the album’s second track, talks of ‘getting old’ having ‘nothing to show’ and urges you to ‘just let it go’.
The simple rhyme scheme is like a nonchalant wave of the hand, playing on this refusal to care what people might think. Following this, ‘Spare Me’ is a surprising album highlight. The chord progression acts as a needle, weaving melancholia throughout, while leaving the lightheartedness that blankets the album undisturbed.
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‘Perks’, the album’s title track, delivers exactly what it says on the tin. It follows on from a brief interlude, made up of spacey futuristic instrumentation. During the track, vocals and lead guitar unite in a melodic duet that is carried along by a strong bass line, making it clear as to why the whole album was christened after it.
Consistent in its themes and refreshingly experimental with its instrumentation, ‘Perks’ proves to be a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Once the closing audio clip of the album’s final track ‘Convenience’ fades out, you feel as if you are waking from a state of intense relaxation. It leaves you feeling more optimistic and more at ease than you were before you hit play.