Nic Harcourt’s Best New Music: Pond’s “Human Touch” + More


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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Spark’s music expert and legendary L.A. radio DJ Nic Harcourt to weigh in on what new music he’s got on repeat at the moment. Below, he shares his newest picks added to his Spark Radio playlist and shares a spotlight on his favorite earworm of the week.

New this week:

Polvo: Mr. Twin Sister
Pond: Human Touch
Colatura: King Kalm
Nell Smith with The Flaming Lips: Cirl In Amber
Lindsey Buckingham: Scream
Blue Stingrays: Dawn Patrol
Barry Adamson: Broken Moments
Fanna Georges: Change – acoustic
Silverbacks: Where My Medals
Little Simz: Point and Kill (feat. Obongjayer)
Sofi Tukker with John Summit: Sun Come Up

Pond: Human Touch

Australia’s Pond are readying their new album “9” due out October 1, and this week shared a taste of what we can expect with their new single “Human Touch.”

Beginning with what the band describes as a “grimey Casio loop” the Fremantle group’s new song is a little more direct and bouncy than their recent more psychedelic singles like ‘Toast’ and ‘America’s Cup’, with a bed of distorted synths bubbling under singer Nick Allbrook vocals. 

The song comes with a video directed by Allbrook and Duncan Wright that finds the frontman playing with cassettes and old TVs and channeling some hybrid version of Mick Jagger, Beck and Vincent D’Onofrio in the original Men In Black in a deserted alley in Perth. 

“My original idea was to be dancing in the central business district of Perth, being thoroughly ignored by suits on their lunch break,” Allbrook explained.“Turns out me and Duncan Wright are both quivering Fremantle natives and terrified of the city. When Duncan saw a pretty sliver of morning sunlight in the West End we figured, stuff it, let’s do it there. It was super fun to make. We didn’t really have a strict plan and I overcame my anxiety about dancing in platform shoes to no music at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning like a kook.”