Sea Breezes and Comet Scars

May 17, 2013 at 9:13 am | Posted in Albums, Australia, Music | 3 Comments
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Wild Nothing‘s Nowhere single from last year was an obvious tribute to the Go-Betweens. Australia’s Dick Diver have done one better. An entire album that could be construed as a tribute to that great band. The Melbourne quartet is the primary band of Rupert Edwards and Al McKay. They get help from the moonlighting Steph Hughs (Boomgates) and Al Montfort (Lower Plenty, The UV Race, Total Control and Straightjacket Nation). All four members contribute songs to the record which provides some variety, but for the most part they are all on the same chapter in the same book. Calendar Days their second album, came out in March to a quiet reception over hear in the US mostly because they don’t have a record label here.

They have been described by some as Australian strummy music. I’m not sure if it was meant as a compliment or not but it captures their sound in a nutshell. Doesn’t everyone love a good strum once in a while? What does strummy actually mean? In the case of Dick Diver: blue, laid-back, playful and breezy. They will make your heart ache. In fact, they could have put a sticker on the cover stating: Warning. May cause slight bouts of melancholia. There is nothing wrong with being blue though. Sometimes you need a little dose of the blues to make you appreciate the better times and this record seems to tug you into reflection with its easy melodies. Many bands worry about a sophomore slump, but Dick Diver sound like they really know what they’re doing the second time around.

Dick-Diver cover
stream: Dick Diver – Lime Green Shirt (from Calendar Days out on Chapter Music in Australia)

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  1. I like that you tagged this as Paul Kelly too. I hear a lot of his sound (my favorite Paul Kelly and the Messengers is “Gossip”) in Dick Diver.

    One of my favorites of the Melbourne scene.

    • Gossip is my favorite too with Comedy close behind. Coincidentally Grant Mclennan made a guest appearance on Gossip.

  2. Likely a top five album for the year on my list.
    — Scott from When You Motor Away


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