Australians know their psychedelia. It seems like every time a spaced-out guitar riff catches our ear there’s an Aussie behind it, a knowing smile on their face as they whip us into a frenzy of acid-induced 70s nostalgia. The latest antipodeans to take us down the rabbit hole are Tempesst, who with their catchy, reverb-soaked sounds draw on everything from OG 60s psychedelia to 90s revivalism ala Primal Scream. Though, they’re more Father John Misty than Booby Gillespie if their latest track ‘Sunflower Lady’ is anything to go by.
With lyrics that reference ‘making out in Shangri-La’ and ‘loving me like the last drop of sparkling wine’ it’s safe to say Tempesst are more than a little self-aware when it comes to their influences. Not that that makes ‘Sunflower Lady’ as less of a tune, however. Tempesst’s sense of fun is all over the track’s new video, premiering on Notion today, as well. The group pull out their best rock n roll moves to camera, each more ridiculous than the last until they’re lighting three cigarettes at a time and holding a sparkler in each hand while staring down the lens. It’s a send-up of rock n roll’s long-dead serious side, by a group who are injecting its sound with some much-needed fun. Check it out below.
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