Right from its opening second with the vintage feel of its 1973 Acetone Rhythm Ace drum machine, Jethro Pickett’s newest song Gene ropes you right in and sustains your undivided attention for its punchy duration of under two minutes.
Pickett’s warm vocals, alongside the track’s dark yet instantly classic instrumentation, creates a wonderfully unique and mesmerising listening experience.
Recorded and co-produced by Shane O’Mara (Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers), Gene is a song about a real life character who shares an uncanny resemblance to Willy Wonka-era Gene Wilder, both in terms of appearance and personality.
Slightly creepy, strangely soothing, and entirely enthralling, Jethro Pickett’s latest offering Gene is your golden ticket to the world’s most twisted chocolate factory.
The track is the first taste of Pickett’s upcoming second album France; a record that was largely inspired by the artist’s time living in Dublin, the UK, and Continental Europe, documenting significant life events and his own adventures.
France is the follow-up to Pickett’s self-produced debut By The Time I Get To Wilmot, which drew influence from his childhood in the remote Tasmanian wilderness.
The new album is set to be released March 23rd through Behind The Beat Records, a boutique Melbourne label, founded and run by Phil Clavert of The Birthday Party.