Pure Moods Pull Guitar-Pop Gold ‘From My Pocket’
It takes guts to name your band after a storied '90s New Age compilation — especially when the collection in question is a staple of evening commercial breaks — but Melbourne's Pure Moods are hardly shaking in their sneakers. The band, which recently formed in the thick smoke of late-night parties Down Under, is comprised of three decidedly chill scene veterans: axeman / vocalist Adam Madric, bassist Wyatt Knowles and drummer Alex Lashlie. The resulting guitar-pop is as lush and relaxing as the hypnotic imagery featured in those grainy Pure Moods commercials, sans the Enya associations. There's even a little bit of darkness nestled inside, as evidenced by their previously shared track "Elisa Lam," off Pure Moods' forthcoming self-titled debut album; go ahead, name another jangly ode to the tragic disappearance of a drowned college student. I'll wait.
Hot on the heels of that track, CLRVYNT has another taste of the Pure Moods LP, due November 4 via Deaf Ambitions. The sun-faded highlight is "From My Pocket," and while there's nothing New Age about it, it definitely qualifies as New Rage — or at least, as pissed-off as a hunky-dory Australian trio can get. Madric breaks it down:
I’m into the bass and guitar relationship in the verses of this song. I also like the guitar tone in the solo. It was one of only a few instrumental overdubs that we recorded for the album. We wanted the album to sound like how we play live or when we jam, but that part has a tendency to feel a tad empty without chords under it.
When I was reading over the lyrics to this song recently, I was reminded of the time in my life when it was written. I was not in a good place. It’s clear by listening that I was sad and feeling isolated, but it reminds me that it extends
beyond that. Lyrics like 'I rearranged the chairs, am I the only one who cares?' draw my attention back to how dark and stagnant my life became for a short while. The fact that I was allowing shit like couch arrangement to
affect my mood was no good — haha.
Listen below, and scroll down for the album artwork and track list.
Pure Moods arrives November 4 via Deaf Ambitions. Pre-order it here.
PURE MOODS, PURE MOODS TRACK LIST
3. “Elisa Lam”
4. “From My Pocket”
6. “Meadow Heights”
7. “Dolphin Interlude”
8. “Dolphin Quest”
9. “Paloma's Song”
10. “Open Book”
11. “Bubble Boy”