The Friends of Rachel Worth comes off as a relic of another era. New generations of Aussie pop bands have emerged since those early days
I remember listening to an interview about David Byrne’s album with St. Vincent, in which he talked about thinking about first space the music would be performed when writing the music. This album feels like music written for smaller spaces. For me, this particularly comes through in the way that the vocals have been recorded, they always feel close. There is also something raw about the sound and feel that reminded me in part of their first album Send Me a Lullaby, but still the precision of their later work.
The result is an album that combines the rawness of early recordings with the spare and pristine emotion of the band’s later material
Although there are explorations and extension of their sound, with synths, strings and distortion, gone are the layers of production.