This is the full band reincarnation of oddball Melburnian songwriter Karl E. Scullin of acoustic outfit KES. For an artist used to lonesome acoustic sets, Karl’s peculiar, literate pop songwriting blooms resplendently with the help of his grandiose backing band; flutes, violins, you name it. His distinctive child-like vocals and eccentric lyrical delivery meld gracefully with the band’s freak-folk-rock leanings, idiosyncratcially blending lilting 60’s-esque melodies with crescendos of guitar-driven breakdowns that carve out an album of strange, intricate songwriting that, with each listen, you can discover something beautiful that went unappreciated before .
Best track: Gentle Elf
Points of reference: Not like anything you’ve heard.