Music, like fashion, is pretty cyclical. Trends and sounds resurface, sometimes in new ways, and sometimes as a straight-up knockoff of their originators. We’re all about the well-executed homage, whether it’s a scrunchie cut from pretty new fabric or a contemporary band reaching back several decades to mine the minimally cool sounds of the early ’80s—like this track “I Can’t Wait” from Australian duo Lace Curtain.
Or it could be that we just can’t help it—it seems musical nostalgia might be hard-wired into our brains. (It’s just possible that one or two of us were teens in the ’80s. Shhhh…)
Lace Curtain is a side project for David West and Mikey Young, who are also members of Rat Columns, a band with an equally nostalgic ’80s sound, but whereas Lace Curtain has a heavy electro vibe, Rat Columns is more about jangly guitars and a bittersweet pop sensibility. Unsurprisingly, they’re really great, too.