Album Review: Songs

Over a year ago, googling for the band Songs was a rather difficult task. Show after show I would see them filling support slots and it always left me optimistic for the Sydney-based quartet. I never realised it would take this long to deliver their first full-length release.


Photo: Rachael Cassells

Good things come to those who wait, right? Their self-titled release sees a culmination of the music they’ve been staging over the past year. They introduce those familiar sounds, now refined and tangible. The general tone in their self-titled release is relaxed – a style not only indicative of our lifestyle but also musically as they fuse elements of Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, The Clean and Galaxie 500. This is 12 well-structured tracks, drenched in fuzzy distortion and reverb contrasting the blissful vocal melodies of Max Doyle and Ela Stiles most notably in “Clouds”, “Its Dry”, “Just an Idea” and “Pain”. The grand track, “Just an Idea” basks in constant sunshine – it is impressive and stirs memories of summer. Songs have developed a distinct musical identity complete with a strong following and not once have they fallen flat. They are a band that is constantly exciting and I hope this never changes.

[MP3] Songs – Different Light

In light of this release, Songs will be hitting the road for a three-stop tour. Dates are below:

26 Nov Oxford Art Factory, Sydney w/ Panel of Judges & Lost Animal
28 Nov The Club House, Brisbane
29 Nov Workers Club, Melbourne w/ Kes Band, Fabulous Diamonds & The Ancients

As our birthday month, we have one double pass to give away to any of the dates above thanks to Popfrenzy. All you have to do is leave a comment here and we’ll randomly pick the winner on November 23.

Songs is out November 21 on Popfrenzy.

  1. Jorge said:

    I remember ssongs. Perhaps they should have kept the S, would make googling much easier.

  2. Chris said:

    Leaving a comment to try win Songs tickets. Good band.

  3. Cate said:

    Good band.

  4. Timothy said:

    Must. Win. Tickets.

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