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Few Australian bands of the past decade have excited me as much as Dappled Cities. Having been on an extended break since the release of their fourth album, Lake Air, in 2012, their return to the music world is one I welcome with open arms.

Announcing the release of their fifth album, Five, set to drop on the May 5th (someone likes the number five), first single “Stone Men” is one I’ve had on repeat all day.

While retaining their indie edge, Dappled Cities have certainly advanced their sound, with “Stone Men” featuring woozy synths, Dave Rennick’s signature vocals, and some 70s saxophone, automatically making the track 27% better.

“Stone Men” is a fantastic return from the Sydney act whose new album has quickly sprung to the top of my most anticipated release of the year.

Five is released May 5th.