Do you ever hear a song and say to yourself, “What the heck is that?” This is then followed by, “How come I haven’t heard such and such before?” This was my reaction when hearing Wesley Fuller‘s new single, “Shock Me”, which he released a month ago.
So who is Wesley Fuller? I wish I could tell you more about this newcomer. All that is known is that he’s from Melbourne, Australia. From his photos, he looks young, probably in his late teens or early twenties. His music is in the style of 60s and 70s-era psychedelic pop. It’s hook-laden and awfully infectious in the mold of The Beatles and one of last year’s breakthrough artists, The Temples.
To date, Fuller has released four awesome singles, which in all likelihood will cause involuntary body swaying and head bopping or at the very least having you hit repeat over and over again. His first single, “Runaway Renee”, is a beaut – a trippy, upbeat pop tune that would fit perfectly on any road trip playlist. His most recent song, the aforementioned “Shock Me”, is a melodic, summery number that is filled with some excellent keyboard work and a simple but catchy hook.
“Change Your Mind” sees Wesley Fuller channel Tame Impala with the interlude of a mini-guitar solo acting as a bridge between the first and last halves. “Melvista” adopts the psych-pop of The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger, the band fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. And like Lennon and Muhl, Fuller surrounds himself with numerous musicians (and friends) to create his expansive, kaleidoscope sound.
Maybe we need to track down Wesley Fuller’s friends to learn more about him. Until then, enjoy his awesome music, and don’t be surprised if by next year he’ll be mentioned alongside Tame Impala and Pond as Aussie acts taking psychedelic pop to new places.
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