When Brisbane trio The Goon Sax announced the follow-up to their 2016 debut album, Up To Anything, expectations were high. Though they were teens when they released that record, the album displayed a craft and songwriting that went well beyond their years. Now, two years later with a little more experience under their belt, the group has dodged the sophomore slump with We’re Not Talking.
While the group has not abandoned the melancholic, down under deadpan vocals and sharp jangle that made their debut so enjoyable, they’ve added several layers of sophistication that can only come on a second record. This is apparent right from the opener “Make Time 4 Love” where swells of orchestration and added percussive elements meet Louis Forster’s vocals to create something more baroque than the guitar-driven pop of their debut. The added elements don’t stop there. “Losing Myself” begins with a drum machine, the group trying their hand at lo-fi synth pop while the back end of the record contains “Now You Pretend,” a tender 78-second piano ballad. We’re Not Talking is an excellent step in a new direction, while retaining the band's youthful, romantic identities.
The group has been on a North American tour in support of We’re Not Talking and look to wrap up the set of dates with a show at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater on Nov. 9. Check out tickets here.
We’re Not Talking is out now via Wichita Recordings.