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Pond Set October Release For Ninth Studio Album '9', Share New Track America's Cup

Friday, 21 May 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

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Pond have shared details of their ninth studio album.

The follow-up to 2019's 'Tasmania' is called '9' and will arrive on October 1 via Spinning Top Records/Secretly Distribution.

It was self-produced by the Australian group, with band members James Ireland and Jay Watson mixing. Serving up a second preview, they've dropped the new funky Prince-esque groove, America's Cup, which rolls out over a thumping bassline, punctuated by piercing synths. It follows the previously released Pink Lunettes.

Frontman Nick Allbrook said: "The beat makes me think of a New York street strut, Sesame Street style. But it's about Fremantle before Alan Bond gave the big ball of gentrification it's final shove, when it was cheap and harsh and the broken relics of the pre-87 port city were young groovy cats in a secret idyll wedged between the river and the sea. It’s also about blokes being different versions of whatever the hell we've been taught we're supposed to be."

Head below to view the psychedelic, retro-style video, directed by longtime collaborator Kristofski. He added: "I'm from NZ and the big Sail race was here, the whole country was glued to their TV's and I don't even wanna know how much they spent on that thing.

"So I thought it would be funny if the captain of the racing team won the cup and auctioned it off to a bunch of people who love that kinda thing. Then he celebrates by dancing. Pretty twisted idea but I think it works."

The band will support the record with Australian tour dates in June. Head here for ticket details.

'9' tracklist:

1. Song For Agnes
2. Human Touch
3. America’s Cup
4. Take Me Avalon I’m Young
5. Pink Lunettes
6. Czech Locomotive
7. Rambo
8. Gold Cup / Plastic Sole
9. Toast

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