Confidence Man’s Tilt: What You Need to Know
Australian indie-meets-electro-pop outfit Confidence Man were quick to make an impression with their excellent 2018 debut album Confident Music for Confident People and an energetic live show that has won them plenty of admirers, including some celebrity fans in the likes of U2 and Noel Gallagher.
Now, four years on, the band fronted by Janet Planet and Sugar Bones (alongside two mysterious other members) are ready to unleash a follow-up to their debut.
Their new album Tilt arrives in stores this Friday (April 1), here’s everything you need to know…
A little background…
Conficence Man's debut album saw them take their live antics on the road for a couple of rounds of touring around Europe and the UK, as well as a string of dates across their native Australia - including some impressive festival appearances at the likes of Splendour in the Grass.
The first track to be released from the new LP came back in November last year with ‘Holiday’, alongside the announcement of the album’s title and release date.
Who’s producing it?
As with their debut, the band are producing everything themselves.
Any special guests?
Well, not in terms of features, but there have been rumours that both Noel Gallagher and U2 guitarist The Edge have contributed to the album and Janet Planet has suggested in interviews they are both indeed hidden in the mix, although not in the way you might expect (The Edge is understood to play tambourine on at least one of the album’s tracks).
What does it sound like?
Fans of the group’s debut will be pleased to know that Tilt carries much of the same irreverent energy of its predecessor in terms of its infectious, danceable grooves and sharp lyrical hooks. But the production on the new album has shifted a little, leaning heavily into 90s dance music on tracks like ‘Woman’ and ‘Feels Like a Different Thing’ - the latter throwing gospel into the mix to create one of the album’s most uplifting moments.
Does it deliver?
If there’s one thing Confidence Man excel at it’s creating easy dancefloor fillers that scream ‘party’ without ever tipping over into being something corny. The sassy, chaotic energy and the sense of fun that made their debut such a blast is very much still here on Tilt, but they’ve broadened their sonic palette a little more and the new songs are sure to add an extra dimension to their already thrilling live shows. Catch them on tour if you can, you won’t regret it.
Tilt is available in hmv stores now - you can also find it here in our online store.