Ever wondered what Tame Impala would sound like if they were to add a gritty jam-band tone to their spaced-out vibe? Well, don't waste time thinking about it and let the Australian five-piece Pond demonstrate. Having put out four albums as a group, Pond's newest release "Giant Tortoise" is a flangered-out, distorted jumble to which an airy lo-fi vibe softens the load.
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Accredit the familiar sound to the fact that Pond borrows two of Tame Impala's instrumentalists, bassist Nick Allbrook and Drummer Jay Watson, and often features Impala's frontman Kevin Parker, who also mixes their albums. While Parker carries Tame Impala with a laid-back demeanor, Allbrook is anything but when fronting Pond. It is obvious that Allbrook has his chill vibe down pat (check him out sharing singing duties in covering Outkast's "Prototype" here) however, in Pond he injects energy into their live sets as he expresses himself through the use of spasmodic body language.
Glimpses of one of Allbrook and Pond's energetic performances during SXSW 2012 are showcased in the video to "Giant Tortoise".
Pick up a free download of "Giant Tortoise" from Pond's website here. Pond's upcoming fifth album Hobo Rockets due out August 6 on Modular.