Pluto: Sunken Water
By Shaun Chait
Pluto have provided us with plenty of highlights in their career to date. Singles Hey Little, Long White Cross and especially Dance Stamina have a touch of pure genius to them. This third album leads off with the stellar anthemic ‘80s rocker French Grave, one of the best singles I’ve heard in months. Their embracing of new wave synth and underground pop rock works for me, and I’m a fan of Milan Borich’s voice (even if he does overdo the emotive rasp a tad). Given their real creativity it’s disappointing to find tracks on here that ply their trade rather than contributing to the overall picture. There’s still plenty to like about ‘Sunken Water’ - Pluto do the late night, lights down, wasted rock song better than most. Nineteen Sixty Three (where’d that title come from?) and The Soul Is A Whore (likewise) form a good one-two punch, and closer Night Light is a perfect finale. With glazed eyes and drink in hand, ‘Sunken Water’ makes for a worthy companion, it’s only in the cold light of day you can spot the gaps. Recorded at Roundhead Studios (despite the credits) and self-produced by the band.