Before every band was a synth band, Fabulous Diamonds was “the” synth band. Since 2006 the po-faced Melbourne duo have been perfecting their ‘hypno-sensual jams’. While previous releases enchanted and rejected like a hard-to-get highschool crush, Commercial Music is all grown-up and game. This record is all seduction, all the way.
But they haven’t turfed all their old tricks. Mixed messages remain central to their sorcery. Nina Venerosa still sounds aloof but here, in the languorous, droning murk, her voice is something fixed to hold on to. And, while all signs point to closing your eyes and losing yourself, it’s probably wise to keep one wide open as Jarrod Zlatic’s keyboards can still take a sinister turn.