The Australian all-female rock group returns after a Covid-induced hiatus with a reflective new sound. Lead singer Maq’s previously biting, angsty style that focused heavily on industry sexism has shifted towards introspective lyrics and 00s pop-country pastiche. The sonic experimentation pays off on highlights such as ‘Blue’, where band-backed vocal harmonies and intensely vulnerable lyrics allow the delicate side of Maq’s voice to shine through. But where the singer’s greatest strength was once a vigorous and urgent delivery, ‘Running With the Hurricane’ quickly runs out of robust ideas, raising the issue of what more could have developed after four years out.
A favourite: ‘Blue’
‘Running With the Wind’ is out now via Poison City Records.