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Lost & Lonesome - LLV105
Time Catches Up with Milk Teddy is the Melbourne band's fashionably late second album.
Having lit spot fires across the Australian indie landscape in 2012 with their debut LP Zingers, Milk Teddy have now coaxed together twelve songs that expand the band's gift for canny hooks and catchy concepts with structural concision.
Like all the best pop groups, Milk Teddy possess the formula - that innate ability to strike a balance between everything being in its rightful place but then forgetting to close the back door before a large gust blows through and dishevels everything.
'Sweet Bells Jangled', the album's bold, bushy-tailed second single is one such unhinged masterpiece and provides adequate support material when opining that Milk Teddy are one of Melbourne's most adored yet equally confounding bands.
A glorious clamour-fest of wafting guitar leads and stately synths provide rich undergrowth for Thomas Mendelovits' unmistakably joyous yowl - a picturesque vision of a post-apocalyptic sonic free-for-all.
Milk Teddy's songs push beyond the slippage of irony and sincerity to find a space where camp, ruminative, astute and sincere fly together.
The album's first single 'Rock 'n' Roll Cretin' could perhaps be described as a spiritually advanced and structurally contracted 2K? 'Workin' Man Blues', while 'Gothic Skyline' with its guitar riff revolving-door, floats along blissfully on a deep nostalgia trip.
Mendelovits is perhaps most in his element when transforming his travel diaries into meticulously arranged pop nuggets, whether it be riding trains hither and thither to the end of the suburban line or across Russia ('Mopey Tonight', 'Enthusiasts) or just heading "home on the Q" on irrepressible album opener 'New York Rhapsody'.
Time Catches Up with Milk Teddy was recorded and mixed quickly by John Lee at Phaedra Studios in Coburg after years of weekly rehearsals spent by the band tossing around and honing ideas.
The result is a crisp LP that preserves the band's uniquely roundabout pop vigour, once again bound together by the mystery sounds and collage much loved on Zingers.
Milk Teddy is Alexis Hall (keyboard), Jonathan Mendelovits (drums), Thomas Mendelovits (vocal, guitar), Bronwyn Potts (guitar) and Rachel Stanyon (bass).
New York Rhapsody 03:22
Rock 'n' Roll Cretin 02:22
Seletar Airport 01:46
Sweet Bells Jangled 03:33
Breakfast Impasto 03:19
Gothic Skyline 04:19
Mopey Tonight 03:13
Funny Feeling 01:51
Iron Rose 02:37