Following the recent announcement of his signing to 1965 Records, the upcoming release of his EP Melvista, and the sharing of its playful title track and video, Melbourne pop standout Wesley Fuller has shared the video for his rousing track “Runaway Renee” on CLASH. The track showcases a sound that’s both confident and addictive, melding psych-pop sensibilities with crunchy guitars and a bold perspective. The breezy, summery visuals match this sonic sentiment effortlessly and Fuller manages to invoke both an omnipresent nostalgia and an exciting sense of wonder. He elaborates on the writing of the track:
“The song came about one hot, sleepless summers night whilst messing around with a drum machine & a 12 string in my sharehouse. I’d been trying for weeks to write a song about a girl who’d hooked up with my housemate. I didn’t know a single thing about her so I had no idea what to write about but I had the melody for what would become “Runaway Renee”. The story I borrowed and poetically adapted from a group of friends in a band who often toured down the east coast. They always travelled with their girlfriends and lovers, one of whom happened to be an absolute stunner. She wore a dress that looked like it was made out of the cover of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental band’s debut album cover. The song definitely has a West Coast, summer of love, sunshine pop kinda vibe as I was listening to a lot of Mamas & Papas and Nuggets at the time. I wanted the drums to sound like they were recorded in a psychedelic vacuum so I solo’d the under snare mic and ran it through some obscene compressors which in a way gives it a shitty lo-fi vibe, but hey, at least I tried!”
The Melvista EP sees Fuller backed by a troupe of Melbourne’s brightest players – Liam Hopkins (lead guitar), Brendan West (bass) & Brett Wolfenden (drums). A charismatic character with a penchant for the neo-psychedelic, with “Melvista” Fuller sets the scene for a Technicolor assault of catchy melodies, seamless harmonies and thumping disco beats.
Written years ago as a teen fuelled by Smirnoff double blacks and late night MSN chats, Fuller captures the intensity of a crush: an affair full of strange and novel experiences set to a backdrop of unabashed alt-pop.
Melvista EP Tracklisting:
1. Change Your Mind
3. Runaway Renee
4. Shock Me
5. The Dancer
Pre-order Melvista on iTunes.