Over the last year, coverage of the music scene in Melbourne, Australia has been increasing, which is fine because the music scene in Melbourne, Australia is freaking great. Bands like Total Control and Deaf Wish have earned some deserved attention, and the same should be true of Lower Plenty, who share a few members with those bands. Lower Plenty (which is also the name of an area of Melbourne) don’t sound much like Total Control or Deaf Wish, however; their new album, Life/Thrills, fits in perfectly on the band’s label home, Mexican Summer. With a ramshackle charm and gentle warmth, Lower Plenty glide through a consistently great set of folk-rock tunes, from the stormy “Concrete Floor” (which sounds like what might happen if the Velvets recorded White Light/White Heat but only had the equipment from Velvet Underground) to the lovely, pristine “Jealous.” Check out the entire record below.
Life/Thrills is out 9/23 via Mexican Summer.