A sharp collaborative project based in Barwon Heads, Australia, Love And The Weather cut to the front of the indie scene last year with the release of their eponymous debut record. A cinematic release that delivered waves of indie-folk, alt-country, and immersive shoegaze sounds, the record had Louder Than War absolutely enamoured, and for a very good reason.
Described as a “delicious slice of Americana” and “a beguiling gem”, the self-titled record was recorded and mixed by Case Hartnett at Pocket Full of Stone Recording Studio in Point Lonsdale during the height of a scorching summer heatwave. Mastered in analogue by Nick Huggins on an old school reel-to-reel tape recorder, the album lingers between artfully cinematic and wonderfully rustic, creating a textured, yet timeless feel that matches the band’s vintage vibes perfectly.
Musically, there’s a lot on offer, and even more to enjoy, with six original tracks all cut to effect a change and make a lasting impression. Opening tracks like the dreamy ‘Touch You’ and shimmering ‘Only Star’ work their magic perfectly, looping laid back guitar with a rhythmic flow of faraway sounds and alt-country aesthetics, while elsewhere in the album ‘Coming Back’ delivers a standout moment. Built on some smouldering vocals and a textured maelstrom of sounds, it’s an unforgettable track that perfectly encapsulates the style and soul of the record.
In the latter half of the album, the band keep things fresh with some soulful and unexpected shifts, creating a more progressive style through tracks such as ‘Heart On My Sleeve’, before really hitting their stride in the closing number, ‘Tornado’. A paired-back ballad built around Hartnett’s roguish guitar, it’s a song that revels in emotion, delivering some pleasing closure and catharsis.
Available now on Spotify and Bandcamp, as well as on vinyl, ‘Love And The Weather’ is a true diamond in the rough. Check out the new record above and be sure to follow the band on Instagram and Twitter where you can keep up to date with their latest news, shows, and releases.
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