wesley fuller Inner City Dream (CD, £10.50)label: 1965
The Perth-born, Melbourne-based power pop boy wonder releases his debut album on 1965 Records. Very much a ‘solo’ affair, the album was written, recorded, produced and mixed at various studios, including his own home set up, around Melbourne. Coming a year on from the brash debut EP, ‘Melvista’, ‘Inner City Dream’ features twelve tracks of swirling psych, jangly pop and punchy, crunchy glam that show off Fuller’s broadening sonic palette and his progression as a writer and producer. He explains: “Melvista was really my first solo expedition and I was learning as I went along. I think by the time I came to record the album I had a better technical knowledge of what I was doing. There’s probably a wider span of influences on the album. I wanted to showcase every aspect of my sound.” As well as his steady diet of 70s junk shop glam and bubblegum, Fuller’s regular DJ slots around the Melbourne rock scene’s favourite dive bars produced a new fascination for the polyrhythmic ways of Talking Heads during their late 70s / early 80s peak. It inspired Fuller to make tunes of his own that would make people boogie. Lyrically, Fuller has also progressed. Moving on from the teenage lust of much of ‘Melvista’, ‘Inner City Dream’ presents the worldview of a young man trying to come to terms with his place, both physically and symbolically.
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