Methyl Ethel - Everything Is Forgotten album review: Dreaming down under

Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 14:25


Everything is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel



With the psych-rock scene in Perth firing on all cylinders thanks to the likes of Tame Impala, Jake Webb’s band offer something a little darker and more considered – “dream-pop for insomniacs”, as they’ve been accurately called in the past.

The Aussie trio take themselves a little too seriously at times, as heard on L’Heure des Sorcieres and Ubu, but beneath the veil of pretension are some good songs. Drink Wine packs groove and melody into a retro ’70s psych-pop package, while the harpsichord intro of the slouchy Groundswell catches the ear and Weeds Through the Rind sounds like a collaboration between MGMT’s weirder moments and Phoenix’s more scuffled output.

It sounds as if Methyl Ethel are still figuring out who they are, but their ongoing investigation is reasonably enjoyable.