Friday, April 26, 2013

REVIEW: Bored Nothing - Bored Nothing

Yes, the self-titled debut from Melbourne's Bored Nothing was officially released in 2012 in Australia.  But if an album drops and WYMA doesn't cover it, has it really been released?  Silly question, I know.  In any case, Bored Nothing now is released in the US and, in my nearly almost humble opinion it is a very good album.  Full to overflowing with slacker pop hooks, fuzz, haze and a rubbery bass -- it certainly is neither nothing, nor boring.  Even while sometimes exploring the boring nature of nothingness.

Bored Nothing is Fergus Miller.  Apparently he wrote the songs on this album over a period of a few years when he was traveling about, and the rootless, somewhat aimless existence influences the themes  in the material.  While those themes may not reflect your existence, his descriptions convey sincerity and understanding.  And the sounds are delightful guitar pop, from the Byrdsian "Shit For Brains" to hints of Pavement to echoes of Elliott Smith (e.g. "Get Out of Here").  Overall, the charm in Bored Nothing isn't in invention, it is in pitch perfect representation.  I like the album, and I look forward to more from Mr. Miller.

You can stream the entire album at the Soundcloud link below, but here are three tracks I particularly like.