There’s something in the water out west.
As home to some of Australia’s most celebrated psychedelic acts, it’s no surprise that Perth outfit MYTHS (formerly The High Learys) have unleashed a refined psych-pop assemblage with their debut album Paradigm.
Paradigm marks a mature and zestful debut album for MYTHS, the band producing a psych-pop experience full of flair.
Made up of Jamie Turner (vocals, bass), Mike Nutt (vocals, piano, synths), Mitchell J Benson (drums, percussion), Matt Williams (guitars) and Jamie Canny (saxophone), the band recorded and produced Paradigm independently, in spaces ranging from beachside studios, to a cabin in the woods, and assorted living rooms.
It’s this authenticity that allows Paradigm to flow with a charm harking to late ’60s and ’70s psychedelia. Combined with futuristic synthscapes, musical touchstones are found in the unlikely combination of Electric Light Orchestra, Wings, Air and Ratatat.
The ten-track record is laced with intricate melodies, transportive synths, ambient drums and groovy guitar riffs. Standout bangers include Nostalgia, a layered and vibrant fusion of electric pop and pysch-rock. It’s a tune that only gets better upon each listen, bolstered by confident vocals and a sexy saxophone set.
Opening track K.E.T offers a wild punch of energy, while Charmless Wonder unwraps like a romantic slow dance, pierced by the power of psych-pop.
Stars, an upbeat odyssey with touches of melancholy, embodies the heart of Paradigm as a celebration of celestial beats. This is the type of album that ought to come with directions: rinse and repeat.
Paradigm is available for pre-order in a limited run of teal and pink 180-gram vinyl, to be released across digital platforms on February 2.
MYTHS are celebrating the release of Paradigm with a hometown launch party at Jack Rabbit Slim’s on February 10. Grab all the details here.