Pond Announce New Album TASMANIA, Share DAISY Video
POND, the prolific force from Perth announce their 8th studio album, Tasmania is set to be released March 1st on Interscope Records. Today, they also share the music video and lead single, "Daisy." The video was directed by Jesse Taylor Smith and shot on Kulin and Nyoongar Nations lands in Australia. Tasmania was produced and mixed by POND and Kevin Parker and recorded in Fremantle, Western Australia. POND had previously released two other album tracks late last year - "Sixteen Days" and "Burnt Out Star." The album is available for pre-order today.
Tasmania acts as a sister album to 2017's The Weather, POND's most critically acclaimed album to date. "The album never wanders more than a few inches away from the sublime," said Pitchfork. "It's a document of a band knocking loudly on the door of greatness." With Tasmania the band makes good on this promise delivering a sweeping rock classic.
POND is Nicholas Allbrook, Jay Watson, Shiny Joe Ryan, Jamie Terry and Jamie Ireland. They will play Primavera Sound and We Love Green Festivals with more 2019 tour dates to be announced soon.
West Coast vagabonds Pond return with Tasmania, some kind of sister missive to their 2017 opus The Weather, to be released in March, 2019.
Tasmania is Pond's dejected meditation on planetary discord, water, machismo, shame, blame and responsibility, love, blood and empire, all wrapped in luxurious, funky prog-pop, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker, and another essential installment in the always expanding Pond canon.
Tasmania coats an undercurrent of restless, anxious dread in a sheen of light, apathetic content - both real and parody - rather than wallowing in self-pity, encouraging us to celebrate the fruits of our planet, frolic in the ocean, kick up the dust, roll in the grass and enjoy the feeling of being in love - while we still can.
Musically, Tasmania shimmers with the kind of elegant majesty worthy of an environment as holy as it's namesake, lushly produced as the band venture further into electronic textures employing an ecosystem of drum machines, synthesizers, vocoder and fx to deliver songs that are some of their most radiant.
"Daisy" opens the record with a mournful string section as if forewarning some bitter end, before the curtains come back on an alt-pop anthem that sees Allbrook imagining his childhood friends and family in the Kimberly region clad in chains. The title track laconically bubbles with the idea of retreating to Tasmania before we're all screwed, an environmental power ballad whirring with electronics and ripping guitar, while "The Boys Are Killing Me" thunders with 808s and heartbreak, a palpable, grandiose distrust of the bad bastards both outside and in, via a heaving chorus and monumental climax worthy of its own prog opera. "Burnt Out Star" gently simmers through the cosmos before flaring up on impact in our ravaged atmosphere, before the album closes with a hauntingly epic dystopian tribute to Fremantle's most famous doctor.
While Tasmania groans with the reluctant acceptance of defeat, teetering on the edge of apathy with the pong of shame of being Australian, being human, Pond's expression of love for their environment is so strong it's clear there's plenty of fight left in this old dog yet.
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