Review: Phantastic Ferniture by Phantastic Ferniture

Phantastic Ferniture by Phantastic FernitureBefore writing this review I looked up just who exactly is behind Aussie band Phantastic Ferniture. The hook is that it’s led by Julia Jacklin, an artist I was meaning to write about but had lost somewhere in the post – and an artist who specializes in moody, melancholic Americana. This, on the other hand, is the complete opposite: sun-drenched garage rock, very reminiscent of the surf (that makes sense if you think that this is Australia). Without knowing of Julia’s involvement this is some pretty sharp pop: carefree, a bit mindless, and yet filled with some really satisfying musical decisions. Take “Fuckin and Rollin”, perhaps the album’s highlight, which seems to have all the right ingredients (including that bassline) in the right amounts. It’s one of those records you just put on and keep on, especially when the weather agrees with you and you’re cruising down to the beach… well, in the Philippine setting that does not quite work, but this should be close enough. [NB]4/5

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