Album Review: The Transatlantics - Find My Way Home

20 November 2012 | 12:14 pm | Rick Bryant

Find My Way Home is unquestionably one of this year’s best records and deserves a large audience.

There's a timelessness to good quality soul music that means there's really no need for great experimentation or innovation – seriously good players and songwriters just have to get the basics right, which is easier said than done. The Bamboos can lay claim to being Australia's current soul kings, but if Adelaide ten-piece The Transatlantics keep at it, they'll provide stiff competition. Find My Way Home, the group's second LP, was put together over the course of 12 months and its soulful sound owes as much to the band's playing as the analogue techniques that were employed to record it. There's a warmth and depth here that's easy to get lost in.

Ultimately, what's fantastic about Find My Way Home is the unwavering consistency in the songwriting. There are highlights, certainly, but it remains solid from beginning to end. The examination of a failed relationship in The Harm You've Done is one such standout, with its dramatic brass intro that leads into a wonderfully captivating chorus. Things slow a down a little on Honest Woman as guitar licks are hit and allowed to ring out, and are decelerated even further on I'm Losing You, but the band's wonderful melodies remain. In frontwoman Tara Lynch, The Transatlantics have an irresistible singer whose dexterous voice is always captivating, but it's not the ace in the band's pack – it's just part of a fully complete musical picture. Find My Way Home is unquestionably one of this year's best records and deserves a large audience. Make sure you're not the one that misses out.