As expected, Go Farther In Lightness, the second album from Sydney's Gang Of Youths — the current Rolling Stone Australia cover-story subjects — has debuted at number one this week, going one place higher than 2016 EP Let Me Be Clear and four spots better than their 2015 debut The Positions.
Less expected, however, is that last week's #1, Paul Kelly's Life Is Fine, only slipped one spot, bucking the usual trend of big first weeks being followed by significant drops. That pushes the ever-present Ed Sheeran to #3, with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's third full length of 2017, Sketches Of Brunswick East, starting at #4 and Dear Desolation, the fourth album from Sydney deathcore band, Thy Art Is Murder, rounding out the top five.
Further back, emo vets Brand New start at #6 with their acclaimed new LP, Science Fiction — a whole 34 spots higher than their only other charting release, Daisy, in 2009. They start one place ahead of Welsh punk band Neck Deep who also climb to their highest ever chart position, with their third LP The Peace And The Panic.
In a big week for debuts, the top forty also features new albums from Superjesus frontwoman Sarah McLeod (#20), Grizzly Bear (#26), Steven Wilson (#30) and A$AP Ferg (#35), surrounding the usual suspects (Kendrick, Adele, Harry Styles, Imagine Dragons, Lorde) who are still shifting enough units to stay in top twenty. Sandwiched amongst which, U.S. pop-star Khalid continues to climb up the charts. This week — off the back of his infectious single "Young Dumb & Broke" — his debut, American Teen, hits a new peak of #19, for its sixth week on the charts.
This week, Gangs and Kelly will have their work cut out for them holding onto their top spots, set to fend off challengers from Queens Of The Stone Age, Gordi and — if there's any justice — that masterpiece from the War On Drugs.