SMS #27 | The Lazy Eyes – SongBook


As the record begins, the Aussies nicely warm up and stretch their musical muscles through the intro piece, before they get going for real with The Seaside, a very pleasant number defined by an incredibly sleek and lax melody which gleams bright with fluorescent vibes that match the mood to a tee, and the closing minute see them kick it up a fair notch.

The Island has a wistful, semi-mysterious tone to it, and the guitar chords are memorably delightful, and then we get such an infectious boost of energy with the quick and skippy Tangerine. After taking five to sit back and chill with the interluding Hippo, they proceed onto Starting Over, the most lyrically yielding song up to this point reflecting on putting the past behind you, hitting the reset button and making the most of life with a brand new, better mindset.

Thus we come to what is indisputably the best entry of the entire record – Fuzz Jam – which is ridiculously catchy and brain-sticking, unpredictable as it consistently freshens up in style, and herded by one of the most awesome and addictive basslines you will ever hear in your life, I guarantee it.

Nobody Taught Me sounds like a dream, and helping in that are the amiable harmonies taking lead. Another interval comes with the fittingly named Trance, and then we move onto Where’s My Brain, the latest in a series of bouncy selections driven along by groovily perky drumming and further highlighted by super nifty, intoxicating riff displays.

Imaginary Girl sonically hails as a charming call-back to romantic pop of the 1960’s and certainly brims with heartfelt feelings; the latter quality flooding over into the satisfactory finale, Cheesy Love Song, which delivers exactly what it promises on the tin.

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding The Lazy Eyes over the last year or so, and it’s very much justified, and fans are undoubtedly going to be happy with the results of SongBook, which is from top to bottom a fun, wonderful and entertaining psych-rock album that will most assuredly set the Sydney quartet on course to becoming Australia’s next big breakout act.


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