The Getaway Plan return with a bang four years after their last album with newbie Dark Horses. The Melbourne-based band have not had an easy journey in the lead up to Dark Horses. With break-ups, get-back-togethers and a couple of departures, The Getaway Plan have brought us all a much awaited blend of awesomeness and beauty.
Dark Horses is a whole new era in comparison to their 2011 release Requiem. Though their first album was a much more popular release, Dark Horses is bringing these Aussie boys a whole lot of popularity. Working with longtime friend of the band Samuel K on production, this is The Getaway Plan's first album conceived, written and recorded completely in Australia. Funded through the generosity of the band's dedicated fan base, Dark Horses explores a whole new and wonderful side of the Aussie group.
The opening track ‘Landscapes’ is an up beat start to the album, setting the tone for the refined and reinvented Getaway Plan. The track is dark and catchy with lyrics easy to take in and sing along to. A new personal favourite for myself and many others I’m sure. This is a song of strength and battling through the struggles of life; a perfect reflection of the issues the band faced between Requiem and now.
‘Castles in the Air’ is an edgy and sexy sounding song with a beat that makes you just want to move your hips and let the music take you to a whole other world. The energy in this track is so unlike the Getaway Plan we all know from Other Voices, Other Rooms, but this new style definitely suits the group. On the contrary, songs like ‘Battleships’ and ‘F(r)iend’ reflect vibes similar to the Getaway Plan we know too well. We’re all familiar with ‘Where the City Meets the Sea’ and the more recently released bootleg remix that we shamelessly sing along to in nightclubs across Melbourne. Admittedly I will never sing along to a song, like I do that one after a few drinks, but Dark Horses most certainly brings some competitors into the mix.
The alternative rock band who are known for their dark, heavy tracks have entwined what I can only describe as an upbeat jazzy tone to this album. Each song makes your foot tap uncontrollably to the beat and I couldn’t help but close my eyes and let the music carry me away. It’s a beautiful album that flows clearly and effortlessly together without any feel of repetition. ‘Dreamer Parallels’ is a relief track, slowed down to explore Matthew Wrights amazing vocal range and the flexibility this band has. It fits in perfectly with the album which has clearly been well thought through and composed with much love and care.
The Getaway Plan have brought to us all a fantastic and well balanced album that was well worth the wait and effort. It’s bands like these Melbourne guys that make me proud of the music that Australia can produce.
Written by Emily Noordzy
The Getaway Plan - Dark Horses
Released: July 3
The Getaway Plan are touring Australia from September through to November this year to celebrate their release. Dates and ticket info for the tour are below.