On Weathered Straight (likely to be the only cosmic R&B/future garage EP from an Australian indie-rocker you'll hear this month) what Charles Murdoch lacks in innovation he makes up for by delivering four sweet-natured, downbeat vocal numbers. "Why" indulges in too much Burialism on its womb-like vocals, but its half-march of loping beats and throbbing melody just about holds your attention. On "Dekire," he mixes Machinedrum-style synths with soupy, sundown electronica, á la Washed Out. "Light Words VAO" is a rather too brief bout of ambient dream pop, before the pitch-shifted vocals and whiffs of chillwave return on "No Lungs."
As a first foray into electronica, Weathered Straight is just shy of promising, but there's enough here to suggest that if Murdoch finds his voice, he could head somewhere interesting.