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Review: 'Floodlights'
'From A View'   

-  Label: 'Woo Me/Spunk Records/Bandcamp'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '28.8.20.'

Our Rating:
This is the debut album by this Melbourne based quartet who are signed to Woo Me in the UK and Spunk Records in there native Australia. The album is about Identity and misuse of power in the modern world. The band make sure to pay respect to the owners of the land the album was recorded on the people of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation and also all proceeds of sales on bandcamp go to https://www.pawmedia.com.au/ The Aboriginal media company.

The album opens with Waters Edge that feels like the Tom Robinson Band although the lyrics are less politically hectoring as we discover just what he said at the Water's Edge as the music builds to make a splash.

Matter Of Time is the sort of advice many of us are given as kids about how we are going to end up in a few years' time, will they have a chance to make their own way and dodge fate, this has a good downbeat feel to it.

Walk Away isn't a cover but a very Tom Robinson feeling song about the end of a relationship, that wonders, what the other person really wanted to say to them, as they Walk Away and it's not shut up and listen to that guitar solo even though you really should.

Don't Pick That Scratch is about asking about the real history of the place you live in, and obviously in Australia's case that's going to be painful and may be hard to accept, this has a feeling of regret rather than total bitterness.

Glory Of Control could be an anthem to the sort of person who wants to be in Government running everything, while still being totally out of control at home, over the sort of poppy indie that the Go-Betweens did so well.

Thanks For Understanding has intertwining male female vocals from Louis Parsons and Ashlee Kehoe as they ask each other and the rest of us for some understanding and allowing a harmonica solo to help make the point on this rather nice folk rock song.

It Was All Going Well is about that typical friendship arc of finding someone you feel is a kindred spirit who then goes and lets you down in the most unconscionable way, you may need something to drown your sorrows with to this one, that musically reminds be a bit of Richard Thompson's Vincent Black Lightning.

Tropical Fun isn't an upbeat party song, more questioning why everyone goes and exploits the tropics and how Aussies abroad aren't always the best-behaved people, go on mate don't give 'em another tinny.

Proud And Well is a nice look at what's expected of people and how the idiots running the show never seem to pick the options that would make things better for the majority, as they try to be allowed to do what they want with their lives and live well.

Shifting Shadows is one of the rare songs to talk about TV's with an Antenna problem, which is something that stopped happening in the UK in the early 80's so jarred somewhat, as the rest of the song has some great guitar and asks a few more pertinent questions.

The album closes with the rather sad and doleful Happiness that seems to be elusive and far away from them as they realize they will only be happy if they go out and take it for themselves, here's hoping they find the happiness that an album like this deserves to bring them.

Find out more at https://floodlights88.bandcamp.com/album/from-a-view?fbclid=IwAR23-vR5WEfQcJpqd97o7DNroOERiDbbAPL53-wX2VGtLEZwsEkJKpeDSo8 https://www.facebook.com/floodlights88/
  author: simonovitch

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