A record for anyone who has ever changed cities, countries, houses or even just their mind, Rest & Relocation is the second album proper for Melbourne based lyrical indie-pop purveyors Split Seconds.
Much loved for their driving, harmonic pop, best exemplified in previous singles ‘Bed Down, Top Floor’ and ‘Halfway There’, Split Seconds took the plunge in 2012 by relocating from Perth to Melbourne. As is often the case, the sea change provided mixed results. Led by WAMI winning vocalist Sean Pollard, they said goodbye to two members (one back to Perth and the other to the world of sub continental cricket writing), welcomed one (Leicester bred Barrie Wilson, formerly of UK based Rough Trade alumni Milk White, White Teeth) and channelled their energies into building an ambitious home studio in the inner north songwriters haven of Brunswick.
Leaning on their trademark mix of dry melodies, soaring guitar work and deft production choices, the resultant album is a step up on every front. Kicking off with first single ‘Relocation Blues’, it is immediately apparent that the band isn’t pulling any punches lyrically or sonically. Expanding their influences to include the likes of Kurt Vile and Parquet Courts while still keeping their eye on favourites Paul Kelly, The Go- Betweens and Blur, songs like ‘Any Minute Now’ and ‘Meet Me After Work’ are pulsating gems while closer ‘She Hit You’ takes a soul groove and wraps it around a Perth summer. Known for their consistency, Split Seconds have exceeded lofty expectations with Rest & Relocation.
First single from the release, ‘Relocation Blues’ was written in a hungover moment of clarity, a blow by blow account of the process of upping stumps and switching cities thatsets the lyrical tone for the album as a whole.
The first song recorded for the album, ‘Any Minute Now’ expands on the bands fondness for classic Australian acts like Hunters & Collectors and The Church. Built on a steady groove, the track was penned in the wake of Julia Gillard’s ousting from the Australianprime-ministership in 2013 and features lyrical investigation of Australian identity through the prism of corner pubs, Lindy Chamberlain, AFL football and share house living.
In celebration of the forthcoming release Split Seconds take the new album out on the road, heading back to WA to revisit their old stomping ground as well as shows in Melbourne and Sydney.