In the stumbled way we can often not be aware, music missed can be an opportunity that doesn’t play out well. Due to scheduling and what not, plenty can fall through the cracks. However when you realize you missed something great, you get to it as quickly as possible. While Australia’s Plastic has been around for a minute, their latest album New Hands is in its own lane musically. Essentially noise pop with avant tendencies, the band has cultivated their own thing and it’s too great not to share.
The opening song “I Could Be Here All The Time” intertwines traditional instruments with electronics in a catchy and intriguing way. With deadpan vocals up against the drums and the bass, there’s an almost disaffected sound that still offers plenty of pop. The song grows with backing vocals and these jaunts of guitar that open things up in a way that holds your attention. Like Apples In Stereo meets DEVO, there’s such a distance between what they’re doing and what you’re used to that it’s refreshing. While “Spider Fingers” could be the obligatory “hit,” it instead travels between swaying noise pop and traditional avant pop. The jumps of vocals alongside just as jumpy of instrumentation is a trip worth embarking on. “Hit My Head” is another gem that shines while taking its time to get going, though you’re hooked from the jump already.
There’s such a displacement from the rest of the music world here that the way the band constructs a song stands out as the master and not the apprentice. On “Lightning Mud” they find a way to slowly roll into an electro pop sound. With “Container” they needle throughout detuned notes to craft an example of how noise can become melodic. For “Safer With a Gun” they steer the ship back to noise pop with hazy Brit pop and nineties alternative to hold your attention from open to close. But of the eleven track the favored comes with “Baby Steps.” Throwing tradition out of the window and opening the song with an almost immediate change in pace while singing between the notes, the track lays out an almost entirely new way to play a song. Stirring in its presentation and daring in its sound, the noise pop is on full display while the band schools whoever hears them into a new way of thinking if we’re lucky.
Image Credits: Photo by Izzie Austin.