It’s the first record since the Sydney outfit became a solo project.
When Green Buzzard launched their Space Man Rodeo back in 2017, they were a five-piece band. Cut to now, Green Buzzard is a one-man project led by Sydneysider Paddy Harrowsmith.
Amidst The Clutter & Mess is a bittersweet ode to growing up and finding your place in the world.
The music displays heavy ‘90s influences, which may have something to do with the involvement of producer Dave Sitek, who has worked with everyone from Weezer to TV On The Radio. Harrowsmith has also cited Beck as a point of reference for his sound.
The album opens with ‘Country Life’, backed by dreamy electro-synth, and ‘I Don’t Want to be Alone’, which evokes memories of bands like Supergrass or, to lesser extent, The Mavis’s.
Harrowsmith is clearly working out some personal grievances through his music, covering themes like break-ups, resignation, escaping city life and uncertainty of what the future holds.
Highlights include ‘Wooden Dog’ and ‘Clutter & Mess’, which emphasise guitar and percussion, as well as ‘Aches the Heart’, ‘Nothing’s Wasted’ and ‘Nothing’s Happening Here’, which rely heavily on Harrowsmith’s melancholic vocals – reminiscent of early Oasis.
Considering this is Green Buzzard’s first release as a solo project, there’s clearly great potential.