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Phantastic Ferniture is the project of old friends Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan K Brennan, and Tom Stephens, who wanted to shake the shackles of their meticulously crafted solo work to experience a second, giddy adolescence. That's evident in the urgent garage-pop perfection of the band's more spontaneous and less technical self-titled debut. Whenever the band members could get into the same room, Brennan took the producer's role (as well as the drummer's seat): at Sydney's Studios 301, Defwolf and One Flight Up, with additional vocals tracked at The Sitting Room in New Zealand.
"Ryan never played drums in bands, Liz had never been a lead guitarist, Tom didn't play bass and I'd never just sung before." Liz notes. "We wanted a low level of expertise, because a lot of good music comes from people whose passion exceeds their skill." True enough, but Jacklin's vengeful vocal work in the climb to each chorus of ‘Bad Timing' (with reproachful backing vocals from Hughes) has a sophistication that eludes most singers. Jacklin also felt relief at not having to imbue deep meaning into the lyrics, so that tracks like the psych-pop "I Need It" and blissed-out "Take it Off" operate from a more primal level.
Then there's "Mumma y Papa" and "Dark Corner Dance Floor," exuberantly youthful and brimming with newfound dark power. Only a few are precisely autobiographical, such as "Uncomfortable Teenager," which draws on the adolescence of Jacklin and Hughes in the Blue Mountains where they pined for the big city action of Sydney.