Raising Cannibals is a delightfully odd new album from StrangeJuice, a prolific underground rock act from Perth, Western Australia. Each of the 14 tracks on this release has its own personality, from the husky and raucous swelter of “Big Jim Smoke” to the anthemic rock sound of “Diet Pills.” The latter is a particularly successful track that’s among the album’s most accessible. The 00:24 turn – “you ran away with me, promised me the sun,” – is a blissfully melodic moment, signaling the track’s ongoing expansion. The tranquil, retrospective verses mesh cohesively into each blissful chorus. I’m also fond of the various vocal layers within “Lazy Sun.” Raising Cannibals is definitely worth digging into, for all its enjoyable oddities and stylistic turns. Stream it below:
“Diet Pills” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2019’ Spotify playlist.