Sound it Out # 55: Pond – "Xanman" (free MP3)
It would be easy to hear the music of Perth, Australia's Pond and think they are ironic or retro, but you'd be wrong. Catch them live to discover that their psychedelic guitar layering and spacey jams are completely sincere. A few members of Pond are also in Tame Impala, and something down there has precipitated a wonderful movement of dense and fuzzy rock.
Pond's new album Hobo Rocket (out 8/6) is geared towards channeling their incredible live energy into a recording. "Xanman" is the most arena-ready Pond song yet and should satisfy all of your rock needs.