Sound Of Science
On Beastie Boys’ ‘Sound of Science’ they talk about “Expanding the horizons and expanding the parameters.” Perth-based experimental artist Furchick doesn’t sound anything like the Beasties, but she does push the boundaries of what counts as music. Found sounds, experiments in white noise and disorienting David Bowie covers all fit into her repertoire. Tuneful it ain’t; enlightening it could well be.
GL’s latest single ‘Grip’ dug into my brain about a month ago. The hook simply won’t budge. Every time the songs plays – a work of melodic sensuality, ‘90s dance production and descending disco basslines – I become a hiccupping child, overcome with excitement at these new sounds.
Don’t you know that things go in cycles? It’s all expected; things are for the looking. Pow Negro have done some looking, gathering direction from the early Tribe LPs, Jurassic 5 and a bit of fusion experimentalism to sculpt their own jazzy hip hop sound.
Not prolific with their releases, Rolls Bayce are making each one count. Their latest single, ‘Lost’, is a spacious psych pop number. The guitars dwell in puddles of distortion and reverb. You’re tripped up and sent face first into a pillow of insistent vocal melodies. From there you float, at speed, held up by duelling bass and guitar riffs.
Baggy Psych Pop
Mossy is a few decades late to be a Madchester poster child. But unlike some other Manc-wannabes from Sydney, Mossy actually tries to expand upon the E-inspired psychedelic explosions spawned in Northern England at the dawn of the 1990s. Whether or not this is a good thing is up to you.
Four Love Songs By Tanzer – that’s the name of the new EP from Hayley Foster’s Tanzer project. Foster’s been involved in a bunch of interesting projects over the last decade. Some fierce, some full of raging attitude. With Tanzer, she deals as much in melodrama as pop charisma, and she’s hit her stride on both fronts. Always a singular performer, this EP launch will indubitably be a unique event.
There’s no nonsense at a Donny Benet show; it’s nothing but class. Mr Benet and his matchless show band turn out new-era disco classics with such style and ambisexual energy that you’ll have to watch yourself – when there’s no trickery, just excellence, unchecked emotions are liable to rise to the surface.
Tiana Khasi has shown up on recordings from the likes of Golden Vessels and The Kite String Tangle in recent years. Depositing her soulful, R&B-inflected vocals over these electronic productions, Khasi’s prompted plenty of requests for a proper solo release. A taste of what’s in store comes at the Black Bear Lodge this Saturday.
Zeahorse have been around forever. At least it seems that way. These guys’ name was at the top of mini-festival lineups at the Annandale and the Hopetoun midway through the last decade – one of the many acts signalling the strength of Sydney’s filthy garage underground. Their sound mightn’t be so emblematic of that anymore, but that’s not their fault. Zeahorse haven’t moved far from their noisy sludge punk roots. See new single ‘Draino’ for proof.
THE DEAD HEIR
Sitting on the darker end of the psych rock spectrum (and leaning towards krautrock groove more than lose-your-mind psych), The Dead Heir are a pretty insidious bunch. Their Go Wild EP isn’t an aggressive quest for originality, but it is a document of a convincing band at work.