Gum – Growin’ Up
Because being a member of Pitchfork’s-2012-album-of-the-year winning band Tame Impala and POND isn’t enough, Jay Watson has released another single under his solo project, Gum. Growing Up is from Gum’s debut album, Delorean Highway, set for release in early 2014.
Channeling Girl’s Christopher Owens, GUM delivers a psychedelic, shoe-gaze, pop song that cements his rightful place in the Australian music scene. Atmospheric and haunting, “I don’t have the time of day to be brave”, Growin’ Up taps into every emotion of, as the name would suggest, growing up – the sadness, fear, paranoia, and melancholy, yet still retaining a sense of hopefulness. It is a far more intimate listening experience than his work with Pond or Tame Impala. There’s something soft and endearing about the track and Watson is aware the judgment of others, “What do you see when you look at me, I hope it’s not a man that’s weak”. It’s a colossal effort by the Perth Musician and his new album, described as a “more kind of super-honest, heartfelt, shoegaze-y” with all songs about “being paranoid”, Delorean Highway is definitely an album to look out for in the new year.
A possibly strategic plan, Watson released “Growin’ Up” on the same day that his fellow band mate, Joseph Ryan released the first track from his side project Shiny Joe Ryan, “Shiny Microwave Background Prt 1”. Both songs are available for free download from Spinning Top Music.
Words by: Naomi Jane Hanna