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Alternative & Indie - Released March 1, 2019 | Caroline Music Australia


Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Modular


Rock - Released September 19, 2018 | Sub Pop Records


Alternative & Indie - Released September 19, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

Pond's self-titled debut failed to capitalize on either the early-'90s Sub Pop-sponsored grunge explosion or college rock credibility. "Young Spender" kicks off like the School of Fish cribbing notes from Soundgarden before awkwardly segueing into an aluminum wash of Pacific Northwestern cool, but the band sounded unconvinced they knew where to take it. Stock grunge riffs, mild funk metal, post-punk middle-eights, and Doors psychedelia were all tried on for size. As Pond was subtly and stylistically curious, the album didn't hold together as well as its ideas demanded. Tracks blurred into each other, and it became obvious that the band's uniqueness in the grunge genre was, at this stage, their weakness. ~ Dean Carlson

Alternative & Indie - Released May 5, 2017 | EMI Recorded Music Australia Pty Ltd

A reference to a once mundane subject that's come to be loaded with the realities of climate change, The Weather is the seventh studio LP from Australian psych-pop outfit Pond. The album was produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, bandmate and former bandmate of Pond founders Jay Watson and Nick Allbrook, respectively. The title also refers to the sociopolitical climate leading up to its release in the spring of 2017. In fact, the band's otherwise often inscrutable lyrics openly address these topics, alongside an also somewhat transformed sound. Still trippy and shambolic, The Weather carries an epic, sometimes otherworldly luster, with a synth-poppy psychedelia that takes a half step out of deep fuzz toward ELO. All of the above is on display on the theatrical single "30000 Megatons," which contemplates the nuclear threat ("pointed at her and him and you and me and everyone we know"). It does so with dramatic synths and pleas for sanity amid references to Xanax, Tinder, and Australian morning-radio personalities before the vocals are drowned out by a cacophony of guitar, thudding drums, and spoken-word clips. (Of note, the single was released on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration.) The present and future are explored further on songs like "Colder Than Ice," a new wavy tune replete with saxophone, and the glitchy "Zen Automaton." Elsewhere, "A/B" is a chaotic rock-out that transforms into a piano meditation before the midway point. According to Allbrook, it contrasts overindulgence with the recollection of a girl he met at a train station. Written by Watson, the more playful "All I Want for Xmas (Is a Tascam 388)" wrangles stomping beats, meeping synths, and animal calls. While still typically madcap, The Weather may be the band's most coherent release to date, especially with a song like "Sweep Me Off My Feet," the record's AOR-friendly lead single. Taken as a whole, it works as both a flamboyant acknowledgment of and release from volatile times. ~ Marcy Donelson

Ambient - Released September 1, 2011 | PONDerosa Records


Alternative & Indie - Released January 13, 2015 | EMI Recorded Music Australia Pty Ltd


Pop/Rock - Released February 22, 2010 | Hole In The Sky


Pop - Released August 23, 2013 | PONDerosa Records


Alternative & Indie - Released December 17, 2014 | EMI Recorded Music Australia Pty Ltd


Alternative & Indie - Released October 20, 2014 | EMI Recorded Music Australia Pty Ltd