Words by TAYLAH SCHRADER
Sounds like: the soft rock love child of Matt Corby and an unplugged Kings of Leon.
If you haven’t checked out the antics of Melbourne’s alternative blues and roots quartet Bonjah, I suggest you give their latest album, Beautiful Wild, a go.
There is enough of the unusual in this album to appeal to those who love Australian alternative rock. For those who are more open to experimentation, you’ll be listening to a blues and roots sound interlaid with soulful rock. Beautiful Wild is a harmony between guitar and Glen Mossop’s unique vocals; organic and hook laden, it will compel audiences.
Be warned though, the genre can be on the repetitive side, so you may find yourself thinking damn this sounds similar.
What’s refreshing about this album is the direction Bonjah took in writing about a, lets be honest, clichéd subject matter. In a world of sappy pop love songs, angsty retro-rock ballads and antagonistic rap expositions, Beautiful Wild is almost endearing in how it endeavours to describe different kinds of love.
Stand out songs are: ‘Bullet in the Barrel’ an edgy throwback reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang – My Baby Shot Me Down’, the signature song ‘Beautiful Wild’, a distinctly more upbeat track but no less sassy (think Jet’s ‘That Girl’s a Genius’) than the awesome ‘Blue Tone, Black Heart’ which wraps things up with all the powerhouse this band can give.
This album grows on you the more you listen to it. Each listening prompts you to find something else you like about it. The album is set for release on the 18 April.