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Everything's A Thread is the follow-up to 2010's Tangalooma. Listening to The John Steel Singers' latest record, you wouldn't know that this is only their second. They feel extremely comfortable together as a group, and whilst their second record may not excite in the same way their debut did, it is both a confident and bold entry by the Brisbane six-piece.

The best comparison I can offer up would be fellow Australian psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (although, in fairness, King Gizzard are a seven-piece). The John Steel Singers definitely play everything a bit safer; there are no huge bursts of noise breaking through when you least expect them, and although the auditory palette is wildly varied, there are moments where you feel everything is a bit "by-the-numbers". Take 'Happy Before' - this is a track which comes after a short opening number, but gives you a false impression of the band. It's a little plodding, a little formulaic, and (to throw the phrase in) sun-glazed.

It's a shame because The John Steel Singers are at their best when everything feels a little looser, a little freer. 'The AC' allows room for a gorgeous piece of guitar-work, which complements the lush instrumentation underneath. 'Common Thread' has a rather static melody near the bottom of the mix, but is kept exciting by the threat of explosive vocals. 'The Marksman' feels like the broadest collage here, with various elements being thrown into a swirling pot seemingly at random. 'State of Unrest', which has The John Steel Singers at their most eccentric, fires along at a rapid pace, pulling multiple colours into its wake as it crashes towards its conclusion. It's at moments like these that Everything's A Thread feels at its freshest, and so it makes 'Happy Before' all that bit weirder - not just because of its inclusion, but because it's meant to be our first proper introduction to the record.

There are other tracks which contribute to the pervasive feeling of steadiness, and they do knock the album unsteadily off its course. 'There's A Bird' meanders around a bit too much, without really bringing enough of interest to the surface. 'Never Read Tolstoy' feels a little laboured, and seems to be a track that doesn't truly get what makes their sound work as well as it does at times. But, on the whole, even with these slight missteps, there's a solid amount of cohesion - enough to make the record feel like a positive step.

The closing three tracks help to reinforce this sentiment, as this is where we can find some good closure for Everything's A Thread, with the retro-sounding 'Lambs' and its infectious dance beat, and the wonderfully titled 'MJ's On Fire Again'. For fans of this ever re-emerging scene, The John Steel Singers are well worth your time and money. They're perhaps not going to act as a good jumping on point for people looking for an entry point, but the amount of polish on display here suggests that this was never their attention. It's a record for the fans, and a rewarding one for that audience. There's plenty to uncover on repeated listens, and the timeless nature of some of the tracks on here means that you could easily have Everything's A Thread stuck in your record player for the next few months.

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