ALBUM REVIEW: The Preatures – Girlhood
After bursting onto the Australian music scene in 2013 with the infectious “Is This How You Feel?” Sydney five piece The Preatures became a name you didn’t want to forget. Their debut album “Blue Planet Eyes” delivered 10 punchy indie-pop meets alternative rock songs that were quickly cemented in your head. Their sophomore studio album “Girlhood” continues the experimental-DIY sound you originally fell in love with while delivering a maturity and growth in their songwriting. The albums concept surrounds the contradictions of being a woman in the modern day and showcases this from the angsty title track with it’s radio ready hook to the emotionally vulnerable “Cherry Ripe” and “Your Fan”. The album has a lot of 80’s synth pop/rock influences with the dreamy nostalgic synths during “The First Night” igniting the perfect mid-movie prom montage moment. “Magick” offers the perfect in-between of nostalgia and vulnerability. Lead singer Isabella Manfredi questions “Do you believe in magic? I watch to play their part in it. Won’t you see that you never had your heart in it?”. The song has a lot of heart and emotion and you can feel that when you listen to it even while it still gives you a super catchy hook. The strongest track on the album comes from “Yanada” which could easily become a future radio hit. The song is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to discover something different and new. They use dreamtime mythology and the Sydney Aboriginal language Darug to do this which is an original and touching idea. “Lip Balm” brings back the angsty alternative-rock sound that the title track introduced while the rest of the album revolves around a pulsating indie-pop/rock synth sound. “Mess It Up” has a slight The Eurythmics meets The Ting Tings influence which gives you a groovy hook and slick verses. “Nite Machine” is a brief moment of mediocre execution before “I Like You” fires it back up giving you that festival singalong moment you were waiting for. “Something New” is the perfect album closer as its minimalistic and still manages to deliver the essence that is The Preatures. Manfredi also showcases her family heritage in this song by singing a couple lines in Italian which adds to the honest feel this album projects. The production throughout the whole record is very much on point. I was in awe by all the synths but also by the groovy and captivating guitars. The riffs completely drive this sound and make you want to experience it live. I’m glad they decided to keep it short again and just deliver 11 tracks because they keep the duration impactful and have your attention for the entire 41 minutes. The songs are catchy, the production is excellent and the lyrics are impactful. What else could you want?
You can catch The Preatures this September on their massive national headlining Girlhood Album Tour.
September 1 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne
September 2 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
September 14 – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
September 22 – Uni Bar, Adelaide
September 23 – Capitol Bar, Perth