Fremantle alternative darlings San Cisco return with ‘Gracetown,’ the band’s long-awaited sophomore studio album!
Coming out of the small coastal resort of Fremantle a beautiful town nestling in the shadow of Perth’s gleaming monoliths and separated from the more fashionable parts of Oz by thousands of miles of red dirt, you might expect the music of San Cisco to be limited in vision, comprising flimsy surf-ditties extolling the ephemeral pleasures of sun, surf and sex. You would be wrong, however. For while it would be untrue to claim that the unholy trinity of sex, sun and sea are absent from their songs, on their new album, ‘Gracetown,’ the band — singer Jordi Davieson, Josh Biondillo (guitar), Nick Gardner (bass) and Scarlett Stevens (drums) — extend their sonic palette to new territories. There is a deeper, chillier feel to songs that signals a new sophistication and maturity. Less sun, then, and more muted shades, as well as a deeper exploration of the hormonal tangle that is postmodern sexual politics. The album shows San Cisco growing up, and this growing up is scary and magnificent to behold.
On ‘Gracetown’ San Cisco have enlisted the help of producer and long-term collaborator Steven Schram, and the presence of this “fifth Beatle” is manifest from the first. Schram has furthered the band’s experimentation with new styles and textures to great effect.
2. Too Much Time
5. Wash It All Away
6. Bitter Winter
2. Super Slow
4. About You
6. Just For A Minute