At first it is believed that this is a new project by dEUS singer Tom Barman, so close is the vocal voice to the Belgian's timbre. In fact, "Rookie" is the debut album of 23-year-old Australian Thomas Calder and his four comrades-in-arms. It proves that the paths of Indiepop have by no means all been followed, one apparently only has to search long enough for open spaces. First of all, the album sounds surprisingly original and fresh, with all kinds of references that come to mind from dEUS to Starsailor. With his melancholic songs Calder tries to avoid all cliché cliffs by taking unusual turns or introducing original textile ideas. Above all, however, it is his voice that makes the difference: rough, but warm, vulnerable and yet decisive - and far from the whining that sometimes prevails in this kind of music. The fine arrangements let the songs always appear in the best light. "Rookie" is one of those records where you're always looking forward to the next songs because you're curious to see what he brings into play.
Top track: Six Months In A Cast