New Noise: Gosteleradio, The Sensitive Drunks, Pomme Fritz, Kellua
Demos, singles, covers and found sounds mingle in this week’s roundup of Soundcloud offerings.
– Since Gosteleradio’s lushly 1960s-fixated album from 2010, the Melbourne band have released a pair of EPs. Last December’s four-song Gold for the Ferryman is more of what we expect from the band: visions of the musical past stretched across widescreen vistas while half-hiding murkier waters. Case in point: the free-download second single ‘Albion’ starts off nice and Beach Boys-y but wigs out a bit down the track before harmonies swell again by way of redemption.
– The uncertain demo approach to ‘Up Periscope’ only fits the tender guitar-pop of Perth’s The Sensitive Drunks. It’s by all means a more primitive outing than the jangling single ‘There She Goes’ from last year’s debut LP Hill and Hay, yet it works well with the song’s nakedly sweet subject matter. The band is built around the duo of guitarist Dave Wallace and singer Seb Guazzelli of Veeline Records, but plays and records as a four-piece.
– Surf-garage finds a frantic frontman in one Larry Wisefly, whose Melbourne quartet Pomme Fritz released a self-titled EP last year. Steeped in chaotic larrikin charms, it packs an ode to Roseanne Barr as well as an unlikely cover of Allen Toussaint’s ‘Working in a Coalmine’. Also in existence in this spectacular video for ‘Hoo Ha’. See the band at Gasometer on Thursday, February 14 with Tyrannamen. It’s $5 on the door.
POMME FRITZ -WORKING IN A COALMINE by Mess+Noise
– Kellua is the side project of Simon Gardam from Trjaeu, who focussed on this new outlet “in the middle of a hazy Finnish winter [as] a sonic response to the white void and granular snow underfoot.” The resulting free-of-charge Overfolds EP on Fallopian Tunes was made over four weeks from found sounds discovered via forests, tapes, computers and, ah, “dusty moose bones.” Tracks like ‘Roaming’ turn a wavering and recombinant palette into the stuff of pocket-sized pastoral beauty.
Kellua - Roaming by Mess+Noise