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The Moving Stills Bask in Blissful Nostalgia with New Album, ‘Sunshine Corner’

By Cynthia Gross

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On January 28, New South Wales-based band The Moving Stills released their debut full-length album, Sunshine Corner. The Moving Stills are one of Australia’s biggest rising acts, and it immediately becomes clear why. Their new blissful alt-pop rock collection is full of warmth, nostalgia, and melodic breezy vibes, capturing listeners from the very beginning and lingering long after the last song.

“Throw Me a Line,” the album’s lead single, co-written with Taras Hrubyj-Piper, is sun-drenched, delicate, and lovely. The song explores how we are sometimes our own worst critics and what it means to grow as a person, realizing there are parts of us that will never change for better or worse.

“’Throw Me A Line’ became a self-evaluation of sorts,” notes Tom Mahler, vocalist and guitarist for The Moving Stills. “I definitely get in my head about things, and overthink things. I wanted to learn to overcome that, and it’s been a positive work in progress. Sometimes realising why you do the things you do can be a big part of moving past it.” Bassist Brad Guthmann, vocalist and guitarist Mike Drennan, and drummer Nick Chisholm round out the band’s lineup.

“But maybe I will be fine / Miss you all the time,” Mahler sings in the lead up to the chorus, “Come see me in the ease / You draw me a line / While you tell me it’s easy.” “Throw Me a Line” is enhanced by lyrical symbolism and layered, intricate instrumentation and production.

Another standout track on the album, “Downlow,” plays to The Moving Stills’ industrial and psychedelic influences. It’s a brilliant rhythm-driven, high-energy closer to Sunshine Corner, showcasing the band’s versatility and willingness to push the boundaries of their sound. Fans of The Strokes and BRONCHO will identify with The Moving Stills’ dreamy, wistful compositions of substance that respond to the dynamics of texture and atmosphere.

“We’ve always written songs based on our experiences and stories we know. It’s definitely honest and heartfelt,” The Moving Stills explains. “In a way, Sunshine Corner is a coming-of-age album filled with stories of emotional struggles, self-realisations and reflections, heartbreak and the lessons learnt along the way. Hopefully some of our experiences connect with the people listening to it.”

And no doubt, they will. There are no fillers on Sunshine Corner, only the best of the best. Check out the album for yourself, and stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting year for The Moving Stills. Follow our Alchemical Weekly Spotify Playlist for more great music featured on the site.

Cynthia Gross

Cynthia Gross is a freelance writer and award-winning spiritual pop artist based in Maryland. With more than a decade of experience as an executive ghostwriter, she understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.

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