By Kieran Webber
The Marlenes are a 3-piece Garage/Indie/Surf-Pop band from the Mornington Peninsula who formed in 2014. Drawing on influences from 60’s Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll, as well Psychedelic and Punk, they bring a fun sound that is full of catchy melodies.
‘Crawl Out Your Window’ is their debut album release and follow-up to their popular ‘Jumping Cliffs’ EP which featured the single ‘Cakewalk’. The album brings a hell of a lot to the table – surf rock sensibilities, hook-heavy riffs and a beach bum vibe (imagine the Beach Boys meets Allah-Las with a hint of The Growlers).
The album begins with, ‘Last Glass Of Port’, an upbeat track that has a beautiful simplicity to it, much like the rest of the album. It opens the listener up perfectly and prepares them for what is to come. Other tracks such as, ‘Lay Back Wendy’, continue this simple, chilled-out vibe but add a dash of soul, while ‘Million Dollar Mutt’ brings forward lucid guitar work that will have you dreaming of being bare foot in a hammock.
Elements of psychedelia lurk within the album, especially in the track, ‘Simple For You To Say’, a translucent trip down tranquillity lane. This journey into a calmer place is continued in, ‘From Elwood To St. Kilda’, which is not as far-out but still drapes the listener in a blanket of chill.
Although the album as a whole is relaxing there are moments of welcomed energy, as in the catchy ‘My Blue Eyes’ and the bass-led groove infusion ‘Enchantment Under The Sea’. Not to mention the infectious ‘High School Alternator’, a foot-tapping track that doesn’t stop giving.
The album comes to a close in the most fitting of ways- you are caressed by the sound of waves lapping the shore which develops into ‘Lazy Saturday’ – which, ironically, is the best time to listen to this album.‘Crawl Out Your Window‘, then, is the perfect summer album – it is as if it was designed to be heard on a beach with the sand in your toes, a cold one in hand and the ocean but a stone’s throw away.