The album packs 11 tracks of melodic psychedelia and anthemic choruses, harmonious ballads and danceable garage rock, interplaying with powerful lyricism of environmental collapse, resilience, self-reflection and love.
If you’re into Victoria’s boutique festival scene, you would have encountered Sunfruits by now.
Throughout the last couple of years, the Melbourne/Naarm-based neo-psychedelia group have become absolute favourites amongst Melbourne’s gig crowd. Many punters have come to love the group’s easy-going and sprightly take on pop-rooted psych-rock.
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Upon listening to their debut album One Degree, it’s evident why listeners have been having such fun exploring the group’s diverse soundscapes.
Refreshingly, One Degree doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not trying to be the coolest kid on the block or showcase a new sound, yet it still manages to drip with individuality.
‘Believe It All’ is replete with nursery keys and upbeat pop-rock rhythms, ‘Made To Love’ melds punk-rock energy with Brit-pop vocal harmonies, while ‘Reeling’ adds hand-percussion elements providing an atmospheric Latin flavour to the song’s rhythms.
In short, it’s a lot of fun.
But this is not to say that One Degree lacks depth: there are several perspectives on environmentalism, the world and relationships with oneself and others while musically, the title track ‘One Degree’ strips it back, allowing for isolated vocals and stagnant key arrangements to act as the song’s main driving force. We also see this in the folk-rooted ‘Warning Signs’, which delicately adds strings alongside all four members’ unison vocal arrangements.
For a debut, One Degree truly has it all. Whether you’re a fan of modern psych-rock or a lover of more vintage tones, it’s a release that’ll be packing something for you.
One Degree is out now via Third Eye Stimuli Records. Stream it here.