So this is me breaking a rule.
I had a silent agreement with myself that I would not post any productions (at least for a few months) that featured synths or samples approximating steel drums, marimba’s, kalimbas or frankly any mallet-use instrument potentially associated with notions of tropical islands.
I know that’s shallow and I love the summer breeze as much as anyone, but if one attempts to listen to a lot of Aus electronic these little things can hit one’s own private limits in 2014.
This one is all full of their best strengths – nostalgic sample cuts, dreamy beats and unique rhymes put together with organic feels and interesting friends – like Marcus Whale from Collarbones. That doesn’t really capture it though. I always find that the more I listen the more I hear their different approach in all the little details. It sounds familiar, but many of the micro-ideas are actually quite new to my ears.
This is of course the opposite of a copycat, in fact I’d I consider them ‘producer’s producers’, quietly making their own thing in their own space. So the steel drum sounds are overruled and here we are – me looking a bit silly, you a bit confused, them winning. Just hit play and all will resolve. I posted the video, as the visuals continue the casual haze just so.
Oh – full disclosure, I did catch their live set supporting Elizabeth Rose recently and that’s probably further tainting my opinions. Great risky set with nailed vocals and crazy amounts of manually triggered groove. Whether that is a conflict of interest or a legitimate track-feature-factor, Sydney dwellers may want to claim a spot at the vivid launch for the album due in June.
Say what you want about Australia, but our producers know how to slow and pitch a vocal sample. Women sounding like deep voiced men? We’ve got you. Men sounding like odd miniature people? Look, whatever you want. We have been practicing as a nation and we can deliver.
But this skill is a means and not an end, you’ve got to be going somewhere with it. OR perhaps not going anywhere in particular because you’ve got a sweet ride for the journey. Two options, choose wisely.
If that song isn’t a big old saloon vehicle lapping the city at 2am, then we just disagree.
He’s on a roll too. My own fave is ‘Hold Tight‘ – a big plush bus of a tune that cruises and gleams and is always, always driving. When it plays I actually see a twilight road trip montage featuring said gleaming bus (you’re welcome future video clip director). Pretty sure Beyonce’s ‘End Of Time’ supplies the fodder for the slowed vocal, but he’s flipped the vibe half a world away. It’s always weaving forwards, never rushing, never resolving. Look forward to 1:46 when it flicks up to fifth gear and gets all deep and flowing.
I’m no marketing mogul, but if I met this clever dude I’d probably end up trying to convince him to go by just Basquiat, make us more of these, and buy some kind of large vehicle to match his music. Then hold tight indeed.
Blue Mountains duo, Fishing are back with a new single ‘Choy Lin’, something that is all out a little nuts, but still restrained and really quite pop in it’s structure and sensibilities.
The track is taken from a 7″ out next month and will feature another track, ‘White Sheet Beach’. You can pre-order the release over on the Yes Please Records page. All this is leading up to an album dropping early next year too. But before that, make sure you check ’em out as they tour around the joint (dates belowzzz).
FISHING “Choy Lin” National Tour
Saturday November 3
Plus One @ Ed Castle
233 Currie St, Adelaide SA
Tickets on the door
Friday November 9
Can’t Say @ Platform One
Vault 8, Banana Alley, Melbourne VIC
Tickets on the door
Thursday November 15
No Fixed Address, Byron Bay
More Details Soon: www.facebook.com/fishinggg
Saturday November 17
Alhambra Lounge (w. Baths)
12 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley QLD
Tickets on the door, free before 11pm
Thursday November 22
Brighton Up Bar (w. Special guests)
77 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW
$10 + bf www.gobookem.com