Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss, the cousins known collectively as Husky, create a sound not unlike a warm, fluffy cloud. There are barely any edges in this album and it’s this comfiness that draws you in. On their third record, however, that comfiness comes with some bonus texture.
Punchbuzz takes a slight turn from their previous works. Where 2014’s Ruckers Hill was a mostly acoustic, folky affair, the opening track of this album, Ghost, buzzes with synth. It paves the way for an up-beat indie pop-folk album, perhaps influenced by their year spent in Berlin and touring Europe.
Gawenda’s mostly muted vocal is consistently warm but flows over a sometimes convoluted melody. It’s no surprise to read that the genesis of the album was a guitar and loop pedal, rather than the lyrics. The title track is an almost ethereal listen compared to the frenetic previous track, Shark Fin.
The backline from Arron Light and Jules Pascoe drive a solid base to launch Preiss’ keys into the limelight and Late Night Store is the indie-pop highlight that we’ve come to expect from a group not afraid of a catchy chorus.
Clever key changes, particularly in Cracks In The Pavement and the odd experimentation into the atmospheric with final track, Spaces Between Heartbeats, prove that there is more to this Husky album than we realise upon first listen.
Husky – Punchbuzz
Released: 2 June, 2017 via Liberation Music