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Just as the sun revolves around the Earth, so does the nation’s psychedelic pop scene revolve around Pond. Formed in 2008 after good friends Joseph Ryan, Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson hit upon the idea of an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative, the boys immediately recorded their debut album Psychedelic Mango with a little help from good friend Kevin Parker. Not content to sit on their laurels – Pond followed up less than a year later with Corridors of Blissterday, a frenzied effort recorded live with an eight piece band at some point (nobody seems to remember exactly when) in 2009.

Next up was Frond, their third album released in 2010 on the back of a serious Prince and Fleetwood Mac binge. This was the point at which things really began to kick off for the lads. Frond was a kaleidoscopic classic, dripping with funk and falsetto which hinted at the fact that Pond was maybe a little more than just a footloose collective of ridiculously talented young men.

Recorded on a farm a few hours South-West of Perth, Beard, Wives, Denim is like one of those old fashioned documents unique in the fact that it couldn’t possibly have been made by anyone else, at any other time. Like Regurgitator’s Unit or The Avalanches Since I Left You, it’s a record born of the eccentricities and small geniuses of the individual members, yet delivered as a deeply satisfying and hugely inclusive whole. Kicking off with the driving pop of “Fantastic Explosion of Time”, turning left at fuzz junkie funk on “Moth Wings” and landing in a back porch rocking chair with “Moreno’s Blend”, Beard, Wives, Denim is a triumph of the eclecticism and good humour that drives everything Pond do.

Unsurprisingly, upon the album’s release in March last year, ears all around the world pricked up and started to take notice. The band hit North America playing 31 shows including 8 at South by South West – where they were one of the most talked about bands of the festival, lauded by the likes of Stereogum and the New York Times. From there, they returned home to Australia and into a sold out national tour before unleashing their mighty live show upon the UK and Europe, causing the NME to tout them as the “hottest band in the world right now” as well as proclaiming Beard, Wives, Denim as “quite possibly the best album released to far this year”.

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The Echo Presents Willis Earl Beal Originally from the Englewood section of the South Side of Chicago, Willis Earl Beal has traversed a complicated and decidedly non-traditional path into the music industry. He initially gained attention leaving flyers around his hometown, offering songs and drawings to those who responded, and one of his [more]