“Actually” is a strutting, lysergic-dappled effort from fast-rising five-piece (including two drummers) Money For Rope.
Emerging from the same Melbourne music scene that gave us King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Courtney Barnett, Money For Rope are a band that blur the contours of surf, soul, garage and psych rock like few others.
Taken from their forthcoming second album, Picture Us, a release that was self-recorded and produced on the coastline of the Southern Ocean. Lead single “Actually” is an exuberant effort peaking on frontman Jules McKenzie’s refrain, “I’m exactly who I want to be.”
“This was the first track written for this record,” the band said. “We started it staying in a small Airbnb flat in Berlin owned by someone who worked for a music products company; there was an upright piano in a beautiful first floor apartment in an old building.
“We could spend our evenings in the middle of a hot summer heat wave playing battery amps and piano with the windows wide open listening to the sounds of Kreuzberg below. We would wander around the city late at night, wondering how we became fortunate enough to be here, when the secret to ourselves was, just that we had always wanted to."