Pond - 9 (Vinyl)

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In Pond’s universe nothing stays still for long. Although no one who heard 2019’s “Tasmania” could possibly describe its pulsating psych-pop as straight, Pond wanted to try a more spontaneous way of working for their next record. Taking a leaf out of krautrock outliers Can’s book, at the start of 2020, Pond embarked on a series of totally off-the-cuff jam sessions from which songs and ideas could be pulled out. Given the pace at which ideas whizz past your head, it makes for a dizzying listen. Opener Song For Agnes explodes out the speakers like an intergalactic rock opera, running a synapse-tingling gauntlet through bubbling synth pop, 80s hair metal and blissed out saxophone before you know what’s hit you. It’s an apposite curtain-raiser for an album that can encompass pounding techno (Human Touch), elastic hipped robofunk (America’s Cup), tripped out motorik (Czech Locomotive) and acres more besides without even topping for breath. Take lead single Pink Lunettes, which opens up thumping like ESG eight hours into a session at Berghain before climbing aboard a gargantuan synthship and disappearing off over the horizon. Lyrically, too, 9 takes Pond into uncharted territory. Allbrook’s songs here take a more impressionistic tack than before, resulting in both the hilarious one-liners within Human Touch’s gonzoid thrash (sample lyric: “she was jacking a car but she seemed quite nice so I let her use the toilet in my place”) and the social and environmental concerns of blissed out closer Toast, which addressed both last year’s bush fires and the appalling wealth divide in Allbrook’s childhood home in Western Australia. Above all though, what you get from “9” is a sense of creative abandon and just plain fun. If it was only a fraction as enjoyable to make as it is to listen to then they must have been having a hoot.

With nine solid songs, Pond's "9" works as a brief whilst enjoyable listen that is arguably one of their strongest efforts to date. The album feels like a combination of LCD Soundsystem mixed in with some Peter Gabriel. It's at times in your face, and other moments, more restrained and relaxed. 'Human Touch' is a gritty and distorted energizer that utilises creative production techniques to achieve a very digital sounding sound atmosphere. To contrast this, the album closer 'Toast' is a slow-burner that is full of warm analog synth layers and an all-around lo-fi feel, reminding me in a way of some of the more ambient leaning ICEHOUSE tracks.

One of the strongest components of "9", for me at least, is the lead vocals by Nick Allbrook. Across each and every song off the record, Nick demonstrates an excellent diversity in his vocal offerings, some being heavy and harsh, and others being highly melodramatic. 'Pink Lunettes' for instance, features some chaotic vocals from Nick that expertly support the track's fast-tempo and throbbing bassline. So with clean production, bright vocals, and loads of variety, "9" works as an album, and is most importantly, a hell of a good time!

By: Flermilyxx

A1 Song for Agnes
A2 Human Touch
A3 America's Cup
A4 Take Me Avalon I'm Young
A5 Pink Lunettes
B6 Czech Locomotive
B7 Rambo
B8 Gold Cup / Plastic Sole
B9 Toast


180 gram black vinyl 
Record Label: Spinning Top Records