Even As We Speak, Feral Pop Frenzy

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 10.13.11 in Reviews

The Australian quintet Even As We Speak had been releasing singles for four years or so by the time they turned up on Sarah for a string of releases including this, their only full album. Singer Mary Wyer is a clear-voiced, chirpy sylph in the sha-la-la tradition, and guitarist Matthew Love gives her winning little melodies to sing; that shiny surface lets the band get away with a lot of deeply weird textural gestures, from the guttural interlude in “Beautiful Day” to the hip-house breakdown in “Straight as an Arrow” to the snatches of noise and spoken-word pieces that punctuate the album.