Cub Sport — LIKE NIRVANA (24 July, 2020)

Queensland flag                                                                     Cub Sport — LIKE NIRVANA (24 July, 2020) Cub Sport — LIKE NIRVANA (24 July, 2020)↔  Zranitelnost a autentičnost vždy tvořily zásadní background autobiografické povahy Cub Sport. Nové album je mezníkem v australském popu, podle kapely si pocitově libuje „v biblické mytologii“, která evokuje — a kultivuje — svět, který mučí frontmana. Všimněte si, že ten výraz jsem dal do úvozovek, protože to je ve skutečnosti blábol. Dokonce protimluv. Protože buď je něco biblické a tedy autentické, anebo mytologické, což je úplně jiná oblast. V tomto by si kapela měla udělat pořádek a čistý audit od podlahy. Bible opravdu kultivuje, ovšem jednotlivce z tituli jeho osobní volby, přičemž v tomto procesu poznávání ho to stojí velké úsilí a pořádnou dávku statečnosti. Naproti tomu hltat a prezentovat mytologii žádné úsilí ani morální kredit není zapotřeby, je to světský blábol a mainstream. A teď k albu samotnému, které rozhodně není špatné, naopak.
↔  „Je to opravdu nebe,“ říká Nelson. „To je to, co pro mě toto album znamenalo: najít klidnější místo; lépe poznávat sebe sama; uznání celého svého já, dokonce i těch zákoutí, které je někdy obtížné uznat.“ Samotné album je neuvěřitelné, naplněné organickými zvuky, povznášejícími texty, stoupajícími vokály a drtivým pocitem osvobození, které následovalo po rozhodnutí frontmana Tima Nelsona identifikovat se jako „svobodného“.
↔ „LIKE NIRVANA“ — i když jsou věci na albu propojeny dohromady velmi láskyplně, je zde také pocit naléhavosti. Cub Sport musel napsat tuto sbírku písní stejným způsobem, jakým lidé musí dýchat, aby mohli žít. Album je propleteno pocitem, že kdyby nebylo vytvořeno, Cub Sport by trpěl velkou nouzí. Estetikou Cub Sportu je jejich schopnost zmást kategorizaci. Horda fans s touhou po naději najde útěchu uvnitř alba, přesto jsou zde stopové prvky beznaděje a milovníci popu budou posedlí vnitřním klidem, tou jeho nikam nespěchající stránkou a... — osmdesátými léty. Cub Sport 2020 ©Buster Parks
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Album release: 24 July 2020
Record Label: Cub Sport/Believe
Duration:     43:49
Tracks:
01. Intro   0:45
02. Confessions   3:22   
03. My Dear (Can I Tell You My Greatest Fears)   2:13   
04. I Feel Like I Am Changin’   3:09   
05. Drive   3:25   
06. Be Your Man   3:31   
07. Break Me Down (with Mallrat)   6:58   
08. Nirvana   1:47
09. Saint   3:44
10. 18   4:39
11. Best Friend   3:44
12. Be Your Angel   3:05
13. Grand Canyon   3:27CUB SPORT
Review
By Hannah Browne ⌊ 24 JULY 2020, 13:47 BST ⌋  Score: 8.5 
↔  Vulnerability and authenticity have always crafted the background to Cub Sport’s autobiographical nature. Since releasing their debut album This Is Our Vice in 2016, three out of the Australian group’s four members have come out as gay, with Tim Nelson’s (singer, songwriter, and producer) lyrics exploring sexuality and identity in stages.
↔  2019’s Cub Sport was a celebratory dedication to love after Nelson married his long~long friend and bandmate Sam Netterfield — a narrative that’s well known by their fans but was a romance the Brisbane group didn’t overtly detail in their music until now. With their fourth outing, LIKE NIRVANA, Nelson grapples with new realities as recurring themes of disorder and vulnerability still permeate their reality.
↔   Taking a far~left turn from the dream~pop compositions of their self~titled record, lead single “Confessions” is an affair of emotional truths. Opening with buzzing synths, a one~note riff falls victim to layered instrumentation until the track’s cathartic ending. Distorted spoken word verses see Nelson emancipate once~hidden truths about his frail individuality (“The truth is I feel less than okay than I thought I was / The truth is I’ve fallen into another trap of who I think I’m meant to be”). Still, “Confessions” feels largely candid, like the covert high that comes after an emotional purge — it’s raw yet liberating, gritty yet soaring.
↔  Power ballad territory dominates the album’s midpoint. “Be Your Man” harks back to the ‘80s as the raw power of Nelson’s emotionally charged vocal is showcased against atmospheric Phil Collins~esque drums. Netterfield remains a characterful muse as love the two’s love oscillates through peaks and dips of self~esteem. Their narrative is fundamentally comparable to passionately serenaded love interests throughout music history — having the intensity of Prince’s “Darling Nikki”, the infatuation of The Stone Rose’s “Sally Cinnamon”, and the desire of Bowie’s “China Girl”.
↔  Autobiographical details make the album’s feathery swoon all the more authentic on “18” — “All I wanted was to be free / Wanted that for you more than I wanted it for me” sings Nelson of his relationship. Having affirmed his desire to identify as “free” earlier in March, Nelson has achieved a form of self not built by others. LIKE NIRVANA, at its core, is testament to Cub Sport’s continuing ascendancy, played out in conjunction with the journey towards living your truth.
↔  These themes never standalone, they’re grounded in the knowledge that liberation does not certify permanent ecstasy, however, where there was one confusion, now there is certainty — and the four~piece sound so much better for it. Cub Sport’s versatility seems to know no bounds, moving from dream~pop to gospel influences, to synth~soul vibes, LIKE NIRVANA services an unrushed narrative of personal change and banishes fear through a celebration of identity, sexuality and certainty.
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Brodie Lancaster ⌊ Thu 23 Jul 2020 02.45 BST ⌋
↔  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jul/23/cub-sports-tim-nelson-on-gender-religion-and-like-nirvana-i-was-being-indoctrinated-seven-days-a-week
INTERVIEW by TYLER JENKE ⌊ JULY 24, 2020 9:27AM ⌋ 
↔  https://au.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/cub-sport-like-nirvana-interview-14616/
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