Dear Plastic are a Melbourne band that define themselves as strange within the world of pop. Pop’s deeper, would-rather-talk-to-you-about-the-woes-of-the-world-than-braid-your-hair sister perhaps? Indeed the first single off their soon to be released debut album is an insight into the dark and surreal world they are painting for all of us.

‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ is a song that feels like it celebrates the musical influences of the band. Disjointed piano notes are the scaffolding for a song that gives you tinkering bells, wet dysmorphic samples and a leading voice that wavers on the lines of cabaret extravagance and just pure unadulterated whimsy. Scarlette Baccini’s vocals are an unexpected combination of whispers mixed with belted high notes and the music would almost fade behind her if not for the constant building of new layers. The song crescendoes in an almost understated fashion, mixing and melding layer upon layer without ever crashing down into a hot mess of sounds and samples.

What is definitely my favourite song, ‘Common Ground’ taunts you in a way, like the curling finger of a single hand, stretching out from the dark to draw you closer. Baccini’s voice haunts the music that buzzes and drones beneath, venomously observing the world around her, “hey did you know that everyone that has ever existed is completely disposable” and the sometimes futility of some relationships, “yeah we can pretend that we knew each other all along, I’ve been keeping secrets from you, oh and they’re good ones too”.

‘Bridge to Burn’ opts for a more minimalistic sound against the other two tracks of the single, the song seeming quite spacious until the bridge, allowing for Baccini’s word to act as the carrier of the whole song. Dear Plastic, even in such an early point in their career, have stumbled upon that wonderful ability to create music that, while it may be complex, feels simple and thus does not weigh us down. While ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ is only a single, it conveys a wonderful depth and sincerity that frequently can be missing in the world of trip hop.


Dee Dee Magee

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