Sydney’s Community Radio are back with a new 7” on Tenorio Cotobade after last year’s ‘Sick In The Car’ / ‘Wildflower’, this time making full use of the vinyl surface to present a four-track EP. If their previous release saw their own brand of Australian pop sprinkled with a dose of post-punk tautness, the first two tracks on this EP follow a somewhat warmer feel, propelled by grooving bass and the organ’s driving hum and punctuated by delightful and restrained guitar work reminiscent at times of Richard Thompson. The outstanding title song was included in Ben Watt’s list of favourite tracks from 2014, after the band released it digitally.
‘Aide De Camp’ is another recording from 2014 which showcases Community Radio’s prowess at combining a flowing and tight sound with a lyrical approach. The sprightly guitar playing and smooth drumming make it instantly engaging, a shining moment akin to other fine purveyors of pop craftsmanship such as The Sea and Cake. It is followed by the delicate and frail ‘Cruel Museum’, which whispers this EP to a soothing end.