Partner Look’s debut single ‘Geelong’ is an excellent love letter to dream pop
17.11.2020

Partner Look’s debut single ‘Geelong’ is an excellent love letter to dream pop

Words by Keegan Bennett

Partner Look has captured the ideal that many city-slickers have when contemplating a move to Geelong.

Partner Look is a new band hailing from Melbourne, comprising of members from Germany and Melbourne natives, the project is a vehicle for like-minded songwriters to collaborate and produce some groovy melancholic pop tunes.

Their new single, ‘Geelong’ was written after a long drive through our wonderful region and is about the transition from adolescence to adulthood, and the task of settling down, and giving up things we love in order to live a stable life.

The first thing you notice when the track starts is the odd time signature, it catches you off guard, but only for a moment as when the thick bassline and accompanying guitar lick are introduced, the listener is returned to familiar pop-rock territory. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as the moody, melancholic instrumental matches the laid-back nature of the track’s namesake, well to a degree at least.

Lyrically, the track vaguely describes Geelong as being ‘close to Melbourne, close to the sea’, and a repetitive chorus drives home themes of moving on and starting the rest of your life.

Less of an ode to Geelong and more of a conceptual piece, Partner Look has captured the ideal that many city-slickers have when contemplating a move to Geelong and Anila Hasnain’s vocals offer the listener a punky rebellious take on this perspective.

With vocal delivery that sounds right off a Ladyhawke record and guitar work that is reminiscent of Courtney Barnett’s work, Partner Look has certainly put their best foot forward with this new track.

Check out Partner Look’s bandcamp here, and check out ‘Geelong’ below.