You could say this sprightly Sydney five-piece are on a bit of a roll; they’re touring with the likes of Cosmo Jarvis and Sticky Fingers, they’ve just played at Bigsound in Brisbane and have now released their second EP,Falling Up The Stairs– a commendable follow-on from 2012’sFaceless Cat.

The classically trained lads in Lime Cordiale rock out with funky basslines, a trombone and killer pop hooks on their new EP. Recorded in four months with producer Daniel Denholm (Midnight Oil, Washington, The Whitlams), this record certainly sounds like the Leimbach brothers are having a lot of fun along with the rest of their talented band members, including Sydney favourite Tim Fitz on keys and guitar.

Jazz flavourings influence this group’s outrageous eclectic pop, no more so than in opening track ‘Bullshit Aside’. Throwing well-timed pop punches at every opportunity and with a bridge that’s perfect for throws of slow, staggering air-guitar, it’s the near-perfect single.

A halfway point highlight, ‘Sleeping At Your Door’, induces listeners to bop along to the Leimbach brothers’ soothing harmonies; vocals that strike the perfect balance between soulful and croony.

‘Everything Else’ is a slightly more understated track with self-aware themes, but flourishes under a powering chorus. Similarly, ‘Falling Up The Stairs’ is again subdued and carries casually slick, low-slung melodies.

Quite unlike the actually very awkward act of falling up stairs, Lime Cordiale’s new EP is confident and unabashed left-of-centre pop, exuding the right amount of cool from start to finish.

4/5 stars


Falling Up The Stairs is out now through Chugg Music/MGM.

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