With its shimmering, floating harmonies and woozy vocal melody, you could be forgiven for thinking that “Cheesy Love Song” is a long-forgotten track from Elton John or the Plastic Ono Band. The debut single by Sydney natives The Lazy Eyes clocks in at just around five and a half minutes, gliding effortlessly for most of its run-time before soaring upwards for the last sixty seconds – even if all of it is tinged with melancholy throughout.
It’s as promising an opening salvo as I’ve encountered by any band in years past, and the four-piece showcases an innate understanding of elegant songwriting that packs an emotional punch. It’s easy to understand why The Lazy Eyes were the breakout band from last year’s Bigsound – Australia’s version of SXSW – and I’m excited to hear what the Aussie psych-rockers have to say. Their premiere EP is due out this March, and hopefully they’ll announce a few stateside shows very soon.