Man It Feels Like Space Again

Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #449 / 977
User Score
Based on 183 ratings
2015 Ratings: #177
Liked by 4 people
January 26, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Modular, Caroline / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

Even at their most narcotic, however – certain woozy moments recall Mercury Rev’s stargazing wonder – it’s clear that Pond’s shining brilliance stems from the hips rather than the subconscious: simply perfect pop.

80
NME
Perhaps, for a band as strange as this, making a pop album is the ultimate experiment. The results are anything but clichéd.
80
DIY
They follow through with their gaudy intentions perfectly, and like an outdated sci-fi film filled with dodgy costumes and flaky green-screen, ‘Man It Feels Like Space Again’ manifests itself in bold, kitschy, and psychedelic appeal from start to finish.
80
Exclaim!

Man it Feels like Space Again stands apart both from their influences and from that other Perth group. That it also happens to be their best album is just a bonus.

80
musicOMH
Sometimes the songs misfire or don’t quite work, but such is the sheer joy and spontaneity contained within these songs that it hardly matters.
80
PopMatters
Pond’s new album is a shining example of a reappropriation of retro styles used to create a modern identity that feels like nothing else.
76
Pitchfork
Even in their repeated defiance of having anything to prove, Pond still scramble with the passion and irreverence of underdogs.
75
The 405

Of course, there are elements of Man It Feels Like Space Again which hardly surprise, there are thick swathes of analogue synths, wiggly guitar textures, drugged-up '60s vocals, but, from each track to the next, the album is still able to confound and delight in equal measure.

70
Drowned in Sound
Rather than re-invent the wheel, they’ve instead covered it in thousands of sequins, loaded it into a fluorescent cannon, and fired into the deepest, trippiest stratosphere in the whole solar system
70
Under The Radar

Feels Like Space is a step forward, though where Pond is headed remains anybody's guess.

70
AllMusic
Sixth album from this Tame Impala offshoot is a messy, crowded triumph of blissful psych pop.
70
FasterLouder
There’s a newfound emphasis on zonked synths and ticking drum machine, but that actually widens the freakish scope of their sound instead of narrowing it.
67
Pretty Much Amazing

While I’m happy to see Pond really taking off as their own band separate from Tame Impala, I can’t help to feel nostalgic for the more composed times of Beard, Wives, Denim, when they had a little more focus and a little less water balloons.

60
Loud and Quiet

On their eighth studio album, the Australian group’s psychedelia finds its ecstasy via movement rather than meditation. Or it does at first.

55
The Line of Best Fit
Pond's latest album is a more authentic take on psychedelia, but it’s a genre that won’t ever gain as huge an audience as those that sell its image over its music. Unfortunately for Pond, this makes for a less popular record.
Z.Younk
65
On their key album, the band tries harder without letting the audience hear the effort exerted. They sound breezy and fun as ever, but more focused pop songwriting and refined sound, but still laced with the fuzzy echoes of garagey-psych mixing. A nostalgic but fresh indie sound, with the key track " Sitting Up On Our Crane", one of the band's best.
Hummus
80
A super enjoyable psych-rock record that's full of personality and charm with great vocal performances and instrumentation which combine to create a really captivating piece of music. While it may not be super deep or mind-blowing, it succeeds in being a really fun project that you can put on and just kinda forget about whatever's troubling you while you get lost in the psychedelic vibe.

Favorite tracks: I like pretty much everything here. they're all super enjoyable and fun to listen ... read more
90
My favorite Pond album. Messy psychedelic bliss, perfect for just staring into space and feeling drenched in the noise.

Best track(s): Waiting Around For Grace, Heroic Shart, Medicine Hat, Man It Feels Like Space Again

Worst track(s): Zond, Sitting Up On Our Crane
BuffaloStaple
71
I was happily surprised by this album a lot. It's definitely very simple, nothing boundary pushing is happening on this record but it's undeniably fun. It actually reminds me quite a lot of some of King Gizzard's music because of the psychedelic nature that it has, and the consistently exuberant and energetic tone of the album too gives off that feel as well.

My favourite tracks were definitely the last two, really great crescendos and vocal work on these tracks. The only song that I flat out ... read more
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