REVIEW: Phantastic Ferniture - self-titled - 4 stars

NEW GROWTH: Phantastic Ferniture is fronted by indie-folk darling Julia Jacklin.

NEW GROWTH: Phantastic Ferniture is fronted by indie-folk darling Julia Jacklin.

PHANTASTIC Ferniture are much more than a clever name. This Sydney garage-pop three-piece are also extremely clever songwriters.

If those transfixing female vocals sound familiar, it’s because Phantastic Ferniture is fronted by Julia Jacklin, whose 2016 album Don’t Let The Kids Win was a stunning debut. Jacklin could sing the phone book make it emotive.

In Phantastic Ferniture, Jacklin (bass) is joined by Liz Hughes (guitar) and Ryan Brennan (drums) who provide a harsher edge on tracks like I Need It and Parks.

While Jacklin’s solo material is coloured by nostalgia and fears of ageing, on Phantastic Ferniture she’s more playful. Sexual tension is the focus of singles F—kin ’n’ Rollin and Bad Timing. She’s also pushed her voice towards greater rock theatrics on Take It Off and Mumma y Papa.

Phantastic Ferniture - F--kin 'n' Rollin

On the strength of Phantastic Ferniture, this fun side project might be about to get serious.