Don't you just love it when things go right? It's an already oft-repeated bit of indie folklore that bears repeating again – the cryptically named Guineafowl began recording what would become the Hello Anxiety EP alone in a flat above an antiques shop near bondi beach, armed only with a laptop and a microphone, pressing pause every time a bus went past.

I say it bears repeating because listening to the finished product, it's hard to believe that such a beautifully produced, multi-textured record could have been borne of such inauspicious circumstances. This is probably partially due to the fact that the artist still known as Guinefowl has since acquired a roster of five band members (they now perform as a six-piece), and been snapped up by record label Dew Process.

What I love about Hello Anxiety is that the music is so totally at odds with the lyrics. It's impossible not to feel uplifted by 'In Our Circles' soaring, almost gospel choruses, despite lyrics touching on social anxiety and exclusion; and the jangling synths accompanying the nihilistic 'Little Fingers' (“We don't want no revolution/We just want your electrocution”) make you want to compulsively tap your toes. Even the lyric “I can't go a day without thinking that you're fucking my brain!”, which in any other circumstances would sound quite cheesy, escapes any criticism because it, and the whole of My Lonely Arms - a pretty, upbeat love song - is so damn catchy. Nothing should work but it does, and exceedingly well. It's a neat trick – less uplifting music to match the at-times slightly dark lyrics would probably put some people off, but as it stands, Hello Anxiety has something to offer to both those who like their lyrics with a deeper meaning, and those who ignore the words and just want to dance to a happy tune. Only 'Mothr' lets the side down slightly, erring towards the repetitive in both respects.

A few different labels have been thrown at Guineafowl, from “Americana” to “Indietronic”, but the band themselves are probably closest with their self-description of “Acousmatic”. Much of Hello Anxiety, particularly the synth-laden 'Botanist' and the fuzzy distortion of 'Mothr', reminds me of the best parts of folk act Lau's recent collaboration with electro producer Adem, and I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the genre.

Hello Anxiety is a record that is, unlike Lady Gaga, heavy on both style and substance.

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