Harking back to the golden age of pop
Album Review: Joel Sarakula The Golden Age (Art Parade) 3 STARS
Sydney-born, London-based newcomer Joel Sarakula is a songwriter cut from classic cloth. He has talked about both ABBA and The Beach Boys being formative influences and one can detect their legacies in Sarakula's cast-iron choruses and smart melodies. '
His gifts are particularly obvious on standout songs Matchstick Girls and The Lows which – if given radio support – could push Sarakula's career into the stratosphere.
There's no shortage of ambition on The Golden Age, and in places the arrangements beg comparison with contemporary American craftsmen Beck and Brendan Benson.
It is true that some of his songs stray dangerously close to middle-of-the-road territory, but there are enough quirks and idiosyncracities in Sarakula's songs to keep the listener interested.
One senses that there are greater things to come from this displaced Aussie, but for now, these astute pop songs will do just fine.
KEY TRACKS Matchstick Girl; The Lows