I was recently invited through inthemix.com.au to take part in a seeding trial for a secret new beer. After answering some pretty straightforward questions, I was told I would soon be receiving a six-pack of said secret beer. Last week, the six-pack arrived and the secret was revealed: VB Raw.
Before The Presets, Klaxons, Galvatrons, Boys Noize, etc. there was Infusion.
Although it’s been out for a few months now, I really wanted to post something about All Night Sun Light simply because it’s brilliant. In the last 2 months or so, it has been on constant rotation both on my iPhone and in my car.
I first came across Infusion back in 2000 back when I was slinging vinyl at a record store. Their sound captivated me and has continued to compel me to spread their gospel to anyone who will listen. Now 5 long years after their groundbreaking second album Six Feet Above Yesterday, the boys are back with what is in my mind their most accomplished album to date.
From the opening chords of Two Player Game, I knew I was listening to something really special. Built around their trademark melodic hooks and synth-pop, All Night Sun Light is an evolution of the Infusion sound and covers a lot of ground from quiet introspection (So Soon, Horizons) to radio-friendly pop (Memory Cheats, Gotta Leave Now) to straight-up dancefloor mayhem (Dogtown, All That’s In Your Head). The highlight for me, however, is the hauntingly beautiful Try It On that represents Infusion at their lyrical and musical best.
While All Night Sun Light may not have the same electronic sensibilities that defined their sound throughout the early 2000’s, it is still unmistakeably Infusion. Their new sound is more evolution than revolution and displays a maturity and confidence of a group that are at the top of their game with a quality of songwriting and production that eludes much of the instantly disposable eletro-pop currently doing the rounds.
Full disclosure: When I discovered Infusion, I was also heavily involved in the electronic music scene and brought Infusion to Adelaide on a number of occasions. I am also fortunate to consider Manny, Jamie and Frank as friends. But don’t let that cloud your judgment of my words above as you’d only be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out the album.