John Butler Trio’s latest album Home is an introspective detour on the Australian songwriter’s journey. While many artists start off their careers drawing on their internal struggles and gradually looking outwards John Butler, whilst being outspoken on public matters of social, political, and environmental significance, has kept his innermost self quite private. The new album, released on September 28th, touches on subjects close to the songwriter’s heart including the joyous miracle of finding his soulmate in the middle of nowhere, as well as his developing battle with anxiety. Sonically and thematically it’s a substantial step away from his previous work, showcasing a more polished pop aesthetic with synths, drum machines, and especially charming melodies. Some critics may have been disappointed but it is undeniably refreshing to hear a new development in any artist’s catalogue, particularly one with as many influences as John Butler has synthesized in the last 20-odd years of his career.