The Jungle Giants’ Sam Hales: “Lockdown was sad and weird, but it was definitely productive”

The Jungle Giants
(Image credit: Press/Supplied)

Despite its inception being marked by isolation, insularity and introspection, Love Signs – the pastel-tinged fourth album by indie-pop superstars The Jungle Giants – is distinctly extroverted. It’s a cinematic, scintillating ode to human connection, spun through a web of prickly, crystalline synths, snappy percussion, and all-over glossy, sugary production.

“But Matt,” you shout! “Isn’t this Australian Guitar? How did a story about a dance-pop record like this end up here!?” Okay, don’t flip the page just yet – yes, the guitars on Love Signs are subtle, and in the case of some tracks altogether indiscernible. But the guitar is still a critical element in The Jungle Giants’ repertoire – after all, the band’s got two, count ‘em, two, guitarists – and it was certainly critical in the album’s creation.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…