Manganese is the much anticipated first full length release for Nicholas Allbrook (frontman of POND) since 2019. The new album is produced by Allbrook and Nathaniel Hoho (aka HOKO) and mixed by Allbrook’s Pond bandmate Jay Watson (aka GUM) - and lovingly pressed on translucent orange vinyl by Holiday Records.
Allbrook is a Western Australian native and a highly-accomplished Australian songwriter, and multi- instrumentalist. Since the beginning of his artistic career in 2005, Allbrook has brought community and collaboration to the forefront of his artistic method.
Whether it was in the poignant lyricism of his solo musical endeavours (Ganough, Wallis and Fatuna/Wabi - Sabi) or in the production style of his band POND’s latest album ‘9’, Allbrook shows a deep understanding of the human experience and the importance of art in modern society. He has collaborated with Australian and international musicians alike, from King Krule to Cat Le Bon, Holy Fuck and Cuco.
Emotional, geological, psycho-geographical: this is the terrain of Manganese, Allbrook’s fourth album away from Pond life. A psyche-pop wonderland, Allbrook’s new solo album is the sound of a musician with a symphony in his back pocket, the Eighties history of Oz-rock in his rearview mirror and modern Australia in his sights.
Nicholas Allbrook - Manganese is out June 9 2023 via Spinning Top Records.
Buy the album here.