Sydney-based quintet Aegean Sun, released the blistering single “Feel Real” almost a year ago. After introducing the world to their “delectable blend of psych, indie and pop sounds” [Pilerats], the psych-disco rockers dove back into the studio and have now returned with the six minute jam released just last week, titled “Ultraviolet” from their forthcoming EP Odyssey, soon to be released on October 16th.
What started as a recording project of high school friends; Jack Pash [Guitar, Vocals] andTim Kesby [Guitar, Vocals], developed into a full band following a move to the Inner-West of Sydney which saw the songwriting duo flesh out the lineup to include good matesRiley Maher [Bass], Justin Hendry [Drums], and Tim Schmid [Synth].
“Ultraviolet” was recorded at Linear Studios in Leichardt, Sydney with Nick Franklin[Australia (The Band)] and sees the two front-men trading verses playing on the same lyrical them, “Jack and I switch vocals halfway through the song. The half where I sing, for me, isn’t particularly literal but explores the themes of uncertainty and expectations while ultimately ending in a feeling of self-acceptance.” Says Tim Kesby.
The new EP puts the band’s psych-disco chops on display and is more representational of the groups overall sound, [Jack Pash explains] ” Recent track, Ultraviolet is definitely a better, or at least, a more broad representation of us as a band. I think the sonic palette is a lot more diverse on this song and is more indicative our live set and all of the other tracks on the upcoming EP.”
The gents have shared stages with The Lemon Twigs, Flowertruck, and Gabriella Cohen. Their debut single ‘Feel Real’  premiered via Pilerats [“a delectable blend of psych, indie and pop“], received praise from EARMILK [“easy to listen to, dance along to, enjoy the outdoor sun or put the top down driving around to“], an addition to rotation on Triple j’s Unearthed, and support from FBi radio.
Tour details are on their way so stay tuned for dates celebrating the release of Odyssey.
Aegean Sun Playlist
Can – ‘Millionenspiel’
This is a höt track, really emphasizing some of the classic elements of kraütrock. The driving rhythms paired with that simple but completely relentless bass line come together with these guitars that sound like they’re about to catch fire. I love how the song moves back and forth from these sparse, desolate passages into lush, almost orchestral, sections. The wild saxophone that comes in around the 4 and a half minute mark is a personal highlight for me. We like to do a pretty average cover of this song in rehearsals which is an added fun fact. Go Can! – Tim Kesby
Peter Brown – ‘Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?’
This song is a complete tune and a favourite of mine. There’s this massive and wild religious dialogue going on between the male and female characters where he is being tempted by the devil to ‘get funky’. I don’t know what it is when he says “then I knew I had no choice but to heed the command of the devil’s voice” but I lose it every time. It’s just amazingly well written lyrically and that’s really why I love this track. Plus, it’s 8:30 long so you really feel the burn! – Jack Pash
Neil Young – ‘Out On The Weekend’
The enigmatic work of Neil Young has always held a special place in my heart. I’ve selected here ‘Out On The Weekend’ the opening track to his 1972 album Harvest. The production on this track is an exercise in restraint with Young’s guitar work taking a back seat to the rhythm section and steel guitar work of long time collaborator Ben Keith. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable track that invariably makes for a suitable backdrop to a dusty Sunday. Love the harmonica playing on this! – Riley Maher
New Order – ‘Age of Consent’
New Order’s ‘Age of Consent’ flows effortlessly between verse and chorus, often with little to no noticeable change in the ever-present drum beat and bass line, and all the while building. Unlike some of the band’s more esteemed tracks, the signature synth sound makes its debut somewhat late in the piece. But what the Prophet 5 lacks in playtime, it more than makes up for with potency. Imperfection is also rife throughout the song, giving it undertones of punk, and a rawness reminiscent of the early Joy Division releases. Banger! – Justin Henry
Aphex Twin – ‘Untitled (Rhubarb)’
I first stumbled upon Rhubarb in the earlier years of high school and it has resonated with me ever since. There is a calming beauty that is fabricated by the ebb and flow of harmonising synth melodies that so perfectly compliment each other. It gently develops, because there is no rush. I use Rhubarb to help me through really tough times as it somehow offers this magical existential comfort, it’s like “Hey man, don’t worry about it because you know what, it actually doesn’t matter”. Rhubarb is the ray of sun that peaks through a post-apocalyptic earth. Rhubarb is what you’d want to be played at your funeral. It is a hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. – Tim Schmid