Aleks And The Ramps
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There’s nothing quite like an Aleks and The Ramps track to usher in a belated spring. There’s a buoyancy to their new song, ‘Bummer’, and it’s got everything to do with Joe Foley’s rubbery bass (his sister Janita has switch to keys), which anchors the track amid a flurry of the usual suspects: clean guitar, arpeggiated synths, triggered drums and some disembodied vocal samples. If last year’s brilliant single ‘Antique Limb’ took its cues from Upper West Side Soweto, ‘Bummer’ finds the Melbourne five-piece in the Lower East, hanging out at Max’s Kansas City with New Wave innovators like Talking Heads. Aleks Bryant even embraces Byrne’s cool, deadpan delivery, relating what sounds like a tale about a jealous ex: “He’s scum and he’s gonna mess you up/Or at least just waste your time.” The track is available for free download via Bandcamp, along with B-side ‘Easy Now’, which sounds like they’ve been dabbling in chipmusic.
by Darren Levin