Another great pick out of Melbourne this week with the debut album from Milk Teddy on the horizon. Drawing on bits of American indie's founders a la The Feelies and Brit jangle circa Television Personalities, but adding a dense layer of swirling, euphoric gauze to Thomas Mendelovits' yearning vocals (that at times almost recalls Jim James’ angelic yowl); the band creates a much more complex set of songs than many of their contemporaries. The majority of Zingers feels barely tethered to the ground, floating in and out of stratospheric vocal passes, shimmering keys and enough reverbed jangle that it would make any member of the Captured Tracks roster jealous at how effortless it all sounds. Roll in some subtle touches of The Chills and XTC (the latter even have a song named after them) and the album is a crossroads of sweetly shimmering, yet propulsive pop that hangs in the air long after the record has stopped spinning. There's been plenty to love from down Melbourne way this year but few have tugged at our hearts and minds like Milk Teddy have. Check out the video premiere for the album standout "Suburbs Mystery" below.
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