Pond, Hard-Ons + more, our favourite records of the week
06.10.2021

Pond, Hard-Ons + more, our favourite records of the week

Pond - photo by Matsu
Words by Kate Streader

From punk rock to electro-pop, here are some of the hottest new releases this week.

This week, a bunch of beloved acts are back with new music. From psych-pop favourites Pond delivering their ninth studio album to Melbourne’s beloved electro-pop outfit Client Liaison returning with the highly-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2016 debut LP, Diplomatic Immunity, there’s plenty to get excited about.

Here are our favourite new records out this week.

This week’s top picks:

  • Pond – 9
  • Hard-Ons – I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken
  • Client Liaison – Divine Intervention

Read all the latest music news here.

Pond – 9

On their ninth studio album, Pond were ready to shake things up a bit. With a collection of polished psychedelic pop albums in their arsenal, they decided to make a record that was spontaneous, divisive and “completely fucked”.

Birthed from improvisational jam sessions that were recorded and whittled into nine short and sharp tracks, is messy yet focused. Zagging between the Queen-on-acid style rock opera opener ‘Song For Agnes’, jittery psych-pop earworm ‘Rambo’ and electro-jazz slowburn ‘Toast’, the record is eclectic and exciting from start to finish.

Listen to ‘Human Touch’ below.

Hard-Ons – I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken

The first taste of Sydney punk icons Hard-Ons’ latest record, I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, saw the band’s new frontman Tim Rogers adding his own flavour to the outfit.

Titled ‘Hold Tight’, the single is an instantly catchy pop-punk singalong. But don’t be fooled into thinking the addition of Rogers equates to a softening of Hard-Ons’ classic sound.

Packed with racing, riff-heavy crackers like ‘Fucked Up Party’, ‘Shoot Me In The Back’ and ‘Humiliated Humiliator’, I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is gritty, heavy and proof that Hard-Ons’ new vocalist is the right man for the job.

Listen to ‘Hold Tight’ below.

Client Liaison – Divine Intervention

Groove kings Client Liaison are back with Divine Intervention, a shimmering, retro electro-pop record made for the dancefloor.

Doused in warm synth, Monte Morgan’s buttery vocals, and an infectiously upbeat energy, Client Liaison’s long-awaited sophomore LP is just a big bag of fun. 

From club bangers and disco-tinged beats to uplifting ballads, Divine Intervention is brimming with caviar, champagne and corporate affairs. But while glitz and glamour is all well and good, Client Liaison know there’s more important things than a high-rise lifestyle. 

Expect to hear a bunch of these tracks belted out at parties and festivals this summer. 

Listen to ‘Elevator Up’ below.