EP REVIEW: Sweater Curse – ‘Push//Pull’

Words by Emily Hollitt – {Malina Claire}

Uniquely recognisable in their sound, Sweater Curse have always been a favourite of mine in the local Brisbane Scene. Putting their own flare on the beloved Aussie indie rock sound, the small group of 3 have a sound much larger. I remember the first time I ever heard Can’t See You Anymore. The song struck me in its ability to be an incredible additive to every setlist, yet still hurt my feelings in all the right ways. I fell in love with main vocalist Mon’s voice and the way her soft timbre gelled perfectly into the genre. I saw them for the first time at BIGSOUND in 2018 and loved the way that such a small group could create the incredible energy they did at each and every gig.

Last month they released their sophomore EP ‘Push//Pull’, a quaint set of 4 tracks that enthrall the listener from start to end. Close begins with Mon’s vocals heavily reverberated over a jangly, glittery guitar. Her vocals are soft and intimate in their delivery- almost childlike or exhausted in their delivery. The emotion amps up in the chorus as the guitars become overdriven and her vocals become more strained and desperate sounding- calling out to her loved one.

“I never meant to let you go. I didn’t want to leave you. I thought that it was all for show. You mean so much to me you know. I thought that you would see that. I always want you to be close.” She sings. The music video features many famous faces from Julia Jacklin, Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack, Alex Lahey and Bugs’ vocalist Connor Brooker and many more, all shot over one Zoom call, representing how ‘Close’ we wish we all were to our friends and loved ones this year.

I Wish I Was a Better Person Sometimes follows, continuing the atmospheric nature of the tracks so far. Chris’ vocals start the song. His melody is simple and spaced out, sitting against the fast-paced instrumentation and drawing the listener into his lyrics. Mon joins in the pre-chorus, with the deeper sounds of Chris’ voice contrasting perfectly with Mon’s softer voice. “Why can’t we just stare at the stars outside my window. I wish I was a better person sometimes.” The pair sing in unison, placing so much emotion in to two simple lines. The guitars become distorted an overdriven over Rei’s driving drum beat in the songs bridge before closing on another chorus and instrumental outro.

The guitars are much cleaner introducing All The Same. Chris opens this song again, his vocals more assertive in his delivery. “I want to be in the next room finding ways to empty my brain on the couch across from people it’s not great, but I am tired” he sings in the pre-chorus. The lyrics are very straight forward and story-like in their construction, making the song very narrative-focused and visual. The delivery is monotonous in its execution, following the story of being at another party that’s just like the rest, yet still hanging around.

“All The Same is about nothing and everything, doing the same things every weekend, going to the same places, seeing the same things and people, but just going with it.” Explains Mon on the track. The music video, directed by Nick Sullivan, takes an entirely different approach, following an elderly woman travelling through the city, drinking and driving around, kicking things and creating havoc and excitement wherever she goes. She wears vibrant orange and bright colours as the video as colour washed in greys- contrasting the monotony with joy (and with an unexpected twist ending!).

“Maybe I’m too tired to be going over this again. Can’t I just relax and enjoy all of the nice things in my head? Will it change anything if I leave this house before going to bed. Or will I still be stuck here figuring out what went wrong in my head?”

Opens Chris in closing track Best Interests. Rei’s drums are lively and energetic, slightly heavier than the previous songs. “Will you still think about what we spoke of? I’m still trying to fix it inside my head”. The lyrics as simplistic and repetitive, not needing to add too much to cover the emotional regret the narrative speaks about. The song fades out with just the remaining sparkly atmospheric guitar feedback before ending the EP on a beautiful note.

‘Push//Pull’, although short, delivers the best of what Sweater Curse have always had to offer. Hooky melodies, easily digestible lyrics and emotional songs that can still get a whole room jumping through their feelings. The EP is available now on all streaming platforms.

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