Pond. Picture: Supplied

Pond, the prolific mutant cousin of Tame Impala, will release a third album in as many years in the middle of this year, according to multi-instrumentalist Jay Watson.

On top of this, Watson, also a member of Tame, is likely to release at least one solo album under his pseudonym Gum, while bandmate "Shiny" Joe Ryan also has a solo record Watson describes as "really amazing" out soon.

Speaking about the new Pond album, set to be named Man, It Feels Like Space Again, Watson suggests a return to the eclectic feel of 2012's excellent Beard, Wives, Denim following the heavy rifferama of last year's Hobo Rocket.

"It's like Beard in that it's like a mixtape," he says. "There's a funk song; there's Joe's country song; me and Joe have these heartfelt power ballads; and then there's space rock. It's definitely the most pop thing we've done, by far."

As ever, Pond is already looking a couple of albums ahead. What comes next is likely to eschew traditional songwriting altogether.

"After Man (It Feels Like Space Again) and our solo albums we're all trying super-hard to make something radical and futuristic," Watson says. "We're done sounding retro. Everyone's listening to Yeezus (Kanye West's acclaimed 2013 album) and heaps of forward thinking hip-hop, so we want to make music like that.

"We're going to jam for two weeks then chop it up like (Miles Davis classic) Bitches Brew or something, and ignore songs."

Before then, Pond has a huge headliner planned this Saturday at the Festival Gardens. The four- band bill is scheduled to be the only show running to midnight this year at Perth Festival's wonderful outdoor venue. With the Silents reforming and Spinning Top Music cohort Felicity Groom also on the bill, it could be the wildest night of this year's festival.

But it's the mysterious outfit known as AAA Aardvark Getdown Services that has people talking most. Those who assumed it was Tame Impala playing under a false name weren't far off the mark as Tame mastermind Kevin Parker will lead the outfit also featuring Cam Avery of the Growl, Tame Impala and Pond, and former the Chemist frontman Ben Witt.

"Kevin's been writing all these disco, Michael Jackson megahits that he wouldn't use for Tame because he'd be too sheepish about it but I'm trying to convince him to because they're all next-level Thriller-pop," Watson reveals.

"It's pretty much Kevin's home recordings, kind of electronic but with Ben Witt who plays guitar and maybe another guy and Cam playing with Kev."

The West Australian

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