Pleasure Drive is the second single from the Australian band’s third studio album entitled Synthia and it does not disappoint. Released on the 22nd of January, the track has a distinct indie-rock feel with Mary’s sultry vocals and Lockwood’s groovy guitar part taking the song to the next level. Fans won’t have to wait much longer for the album, with a release date set for 12th of February.
The first thing that stood out to me was the interesting keyboard sounds. Even though it wasn’t necessarily ambient sound, it was used as an ambient sound which was a really fascinating twist. The distorted and slightly staccato guitar rhythms definitely complemented the sensual lyrics, and reminded me of a slightly more indie Rogue Traders’ song. I also thought the change in rhythm in the instrumental part was fantastic. If it hadn’t been included the song wouldn’t have flowed as well as it did, and the track would have become a little too monotonous.
I also liked the progression of the of the song in general. The way Mary used different tones to convey each section, using an airy tone in the chorus and a harder tone when the music rocks-up. Not only this, the second airy-toned chorus actually included some harmony. Even though for a composer this sort of progression is a fairly basic concept, the way The Jezabels used this as well as the changing rhythms in the chorus (and all the other little things that I don’t have time to go into), was creative and professional.
All in all, this is a great track and I can’t wait for the album. I’m giving it 8.5/10.