Photo by Michael Rushbrooke
Every now and then I go on an Unearthed run, scoring through the endless list of new uploads finding anything I like or that catches my eye. Usually I get through a handful of songs at a time, but this morning I got stuck at the first, because this first song I came across stuck so strongly to me that I wasn’t able to stop listening to it.
This song is called Bon Soir and it comes from Perth band Gap Year.
It's the band’s third single release since they formed in early 2019, and it’s a big step in a different direction for the quintet group. Their earlier singles, Wrong Side and Bad Taste follow a more indie-folk path, sounding closer to something like Courtney Barnett, Dick Diver, or Buddy Dingo.
But Bon Soir feels more reminiscent of that City Calm Down sound - a wash of synths and vocal baritone that occupy the soundscape, supported by columns of bass, guitar, and drums that drive the track to perfection. From start to finish you get a sonic palette of heavier sounds that releases the same emotions we all felt when we heard Melbourne Bitter by Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird for the first time. That was an excellent experience, and Bon Soir is allowing us to relive that.
Best part yet, this song is part of a debut album from Gap Year, which is due for our ears in March next year. So I’m marking that one in my calendar now and I’ll probably be reminding you all of it closer to the date.
But until then, grab yourself a big synth sponge and soak up all you can from Bon Soir and feel at absolute bliss.