Perth, Australia’s Methyl Ethel have released two new singles, “Ubu” and “No. 28.” Following their critically acclaimed debut LP Oh Inhuman Spectacle. Both singles are off of their follow up album Everything Is Forgotten which will be released on March 3, 2017 on 4AD.
Methyl Ethel is the sleepy genius of Jake Webb. Webb began Methyl Ethel with quieted, pop home recordings mixed, created, and written by his lonesome self back in 2013. In 2014 Webb decided to get a proper backing band. Thom Stewart joined the lineup on bass and Chris Wright on drums. The trio have gone on to tour together but studio work continues to be solely masterminded by the ever nocturnal Webb.
“No. 28” boasts dreamy pop sequences that lull through snowy, lighthearted guitar parts. The song itself is a dance pop tune, not unlike a majority of their songs past. “No. 28” is steadfast in it’s undeniable honesty to Webb’s original vision for the music that he wanted to produce. With the addition of two more members to the band one might imagine that something would shift in the core of Methyl Ethel, but it sounds as if Webb is still recording lonely in a dark basement. Through a mixture of intricately strewn lyrics Webb sings, “See gold is cold all over / listen for me in a very beautiful car accident / now we’re mangled up together / righteous like teenagers who couldn’t take it.” His gloom stricken lyrics muddled with catchy melodies has only garnered more precision as time has gone on.
“Ubu,” the second single to be released off of Everything Is Forgotten, opens with the line, “Now you cut yourself off from your friends / it’s not just a personality thing / it’s cuz you’re still so afraid of what is on a plane / you’ve been dreaming about it again / you’re going to have to explain yourself.” Webb may be singing to his own personal demons on this track. “Ubu” bounces across the room in a very reflective way, equally dripping with pop and dance influences as “No. 28” but with an undeniably clearer message. Wright’s drums punctuate each line as an unwavering attempt to add a sense of importance to each analytical word – the trick works. The song lures the listener to ask, “Why’d you have to go and cut your hair?” right alongside Webb.
“No. 28” and “Ubu” build just the right amount of tension leading up to the release of Everything Is Forgotten. Undoubtably, Webb’s original concept still shines through in both lyrics and melody on the new LP. Glittery guitar, subdued drums, combined with Webb’s effortlessly high pitched voice make for the perfect psych, pop brew and another, if foreseeing the future, successful album.