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Rat Columns

Pacific Kiss

Tough Love Records

Released: 12th February 2021

LP - pastel pink vinyl£18.99Out of Stock

‘Pacific Kiss’ is the fourth album from Australian musician David West’s underground pop band, Rat Columns. It was engineered by Griffin Harrison and DW in New York City and Perth, and mixed by Mikey Young in Victoria. ‘Pacific Kiss’ sees Rat Columns plunging headfirst into an azure sea of power pop, rock’n’roll and indie. The tones are bright and optimistic, though fans of confusion and gloom will still find solace in the album’s darker moments, of which there are a few.

Pacific Kiss
(Tough Love)
Indies Only Pink Vinyl

Everything written about David West and his music always lists all the Australian groups he's been in so I'm going to forget that for the time being. West has been around, let's put it that way. Rat Columns is probably the group of his own he's most known for, previously introduced to the northern hemisphere through the sadly gone Blackest Ever Black label. For our money Pacific Kiss is the best thing he's done to date in any incarnation.

West's voice is one of those instruments that on the face of it is quite light, it's a kind of half-plaintive croon / whisper that often feels like a cooling breeze on a hot summer's day but dig a little deeper and you'll find it's really one of the modern underground pop landscape's most distinctive. Pacific Kiss hones West's songwriting to sharp Power Pop bullets informed but not guided by the fragile Sarah Records et al indie pop he clearly loves. This is a big (for DW) production, organs, guitar overdubs, harmonies, song structures, riffs, skinny ties and dusty Australian sadness blistering in the Perth sun. It's drop dead gorgeous romantic (take a title like Hey Girl, I Wanna Give You The World) or the fizzing gasoline in your Vespa spark of It's Your Time (To Suffer Now) that somehow manages to sound like a transcendent, empowering anthem!? I don't know, it just does. On I Can't Live On Love it feels like Thin Lizzy signed to the aforementioned Sarah Records and you should at least listen to this sad / sparky jam before skipping through ok?