"Collaborations" is as much a product of lockdown as an antidote to it. The Stustustudio of the title is a refwrence to Stu's own home studio in Sydney's inner-west. It's grown-up pop that recalls REM and occasionally Died Pretty, at least in some of the guitar trimmings.  There’s a touch of XTC in the dynamics of “Voice Inside Your Head” and Matt Galvin’s guitars impart a harder edge atop an acoustic bed. Wilson’s melodic vocal is much less angsty than Andy Partridge. It’s a strong song, as is opener “Turn Down The Sound”.

“Turn On You” is swept along by a bustling feel and arresting guitar harmonics that give it a psychedelic tinge. “Working Together” is a duet between Stu and Sienna that’s equal measures of too cute for its own good and catchy and the acoustic reprise closes out the EP. The steady and darkly shimmering “Look Down Inside” fills out the diversity brief with lyrical introspection that probably comes naturally when you have a day job as a psych nurse.


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