Poulson is a Melbourne singer songwriter with an incredible knack for melody, and a satchel full of stories that is remarkable for a guy who has lived fewer than thirty years. He also has some talented friends that helped him record Brutal Politic over a period of time in 2015 and 2016. Varying his approach between power pop, jangle, dream pop, acoustic, country romp and other styles, the songs are invariably dynamic but carefully crafted. Paulson's tenor is soft, but his delivery derives power from nuance and sincerity. He covers romantic break ups, transferred blame, appreciation of Portland, Oregon, unspoken accusations, bitter taunts, obsessive yearning, and realization that certain cherished dreams of youth are dead (in this case, Jack's dreams of playing Aussie Rules Football, addressed in "Back Pocket's Lament"). There isn't a weak song in the set, but for my ears the best are "Words For Me", "So Polite", "The Beast", "Can't Be", and "Back Pocket's Lament".
So do yourself a favor for this long holiday weekend, go to the Bandcamp link below and buy yourself a present. It is a gift that will give you pleasure for a long time. We highly recommend this one.
Bandcamp for Brutal Politic