It’s difficult to know what to make of Aerial Love, the new EP from Daniel Johns and his first release in eight years. Surprisingly, there’s not a guitar to be heard here; we are certainly a very long way from “Tomorrow”.
To be fair, Johns has been on a steady trajectory away from garage grunge ever since he left his teens. And he has flirted previously with electronica during his early 2000s work with DJ Paul Mac in The Dissociatives. But whereas this earlier material mixed synth and samples with Johns’ adroit rock song-writing sensibilities to produce some pop gems, this latest EP is a full blown leap into the territory of Frank Ocean and Chet Faker, leaving no clue of the artist’s history.
Of course, it should be applauded when a musician takes off in a bold new direction, refusing to be held captive by the past or to…
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