After a long-awaited release, San Cisco has finally let loose their highly-anticipated debut album, San Cisco. Recorded during the Australian winter of 2012, this debut release from the young Aussies builds upon their already released singles “Golden Revolver” and “Awkward,” the latter, being the infections single which came in at #7 in the prestigious 2012 triple j Hottest 100. This new album finds inspiration through experimentation and shows that San Cisco has developed a greater maturity through trying out an array of different sounds.
While some may have argued that they were far too comfortable and unable to differentiate their sound—which was evident in both previous singles—the band are able to turn things around in the first few minutes. The way Jordi Davieson manoeuvres his voice around the wobbling tunes is brilliant. It soon becomes clear that Scarlett Stevens will play a larger role in this album, despite being the only female in the band.
Next up is the delightful tune “Fred Astaire.” Jordi commands all the vocals on this one, and uses it to his full advantage allowing it to seamlessly transition into the next song “Hunter.” “Wild Things” is a notable standout in the album, after having being released as a single. Delicious guitar work combined with Jordi and Scarlett’s quirky vocals ensure that you’ll be singing along. As the song progresses, one begins to appreciate the experimentation that is exercised in the album.
San Cisco are well aware of their strengths and take full advantage of them in the opening four tracks. A sense of stagnation ensues, with immediate tracks offering little more than filler. They do little to add to the album, but on their own have the potential to be background tunes. Track 8 imparts a great sense of directional change. “Mission Failed” goes back to what San Cisco have become so well known for—back-and-forth vocals from Jordi and Scarlett. Jangly guitar licks, sweet synths and playful drum patterns are combined to create another one of the album’s gems.
By this point, tracks are now flowing faster than ever. Transitions are almost non-existent with music at a fluid state. This transpires as a defining feature of this debut album, before ending on a high with “Nepal” and “Outro.” Their unique brand of catchy indie-pop has certainly won many people over, with this album certainly capable to continuing that trend. They know their target market well and this album proves it.