The Goon Sax Mirror II

Label
Matador
Released
9th July 2021

Format Info

LP
CD

Here’s something very welcome indeed. the return of our faves, The Goon Sax.

Mirror II is a fabulous chandellier of a record, it’s intense, it throws off a lot of light. In some ways it’s the sum of everything that has always made The Goon Sax great: excellent melodies, raw lyrical candor, vulnerability mixed with a modest amount of the right lkind of swagger. They’re a power trio and each member’s idiosyncratic style comes across on record: Riley’s effortless pop side is more present than ever before, Louis’ moody, super-natural avant-garde, and James’ winningly direct folk pop. The team that plays together wins together. They’re winning.

Since forming in high school, Brisbane band The Goon Sax – the trio of Riley Jones, Louis Forster, and James Harrison, best friends who take turns writing, singing, and playing each instrument – have been celebrated for their unpretentious, kinetic homemade pop. Mirror ll, The Goon Sax’s first album for Matador, is something else entirely: a new beginning, a multi-dimensional eclectic journey of musical craftsmanship that moves from disco to folk to no wave skronk with staggering cohesion. Gone are the first-person insecurities of their school days – they’ve been made expansive, more universal, more weird.