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for the quailDay 30 of PopLib’s 31 Days of May marathon for New Zealand Music Month is “Election Drinking Party” by Dunedin post-rock/ post-punk/ post-everything trio For The Quail.

For The Quail are Evan Sunley James (Guitar, vocals), Karl Bray (bass, backing vocals) and Samdrub Dawa (Drums). The song was written, recorded and released to mark New Zealand’s 2017 General Election, and captures an essence of the squabbling frustration of the 3 year political cycle of blame and claim, truth and lies and mis-use of statistics. Enough to drive anyone to drink.

The second half of the 8 minute epic goes off into space in a pretty wonderful way with delay guitar looping back on itself over and over to provide a noisy blanket of swirling sound as the percussion starts to become motorik and mechanical and steadily disintegrate and it ends in a kind of apocalyptic ambience.

 

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ThisisDEAFDay 10 of our 31 Days of May for New Zealand Music Month marathon comes from Wellington band DEAF and their darkly atmospheric post-punk stunner “Truancy” –

“Truancy” is earworm pop – a gloriously constructed and recorded piece of freakishly hummable oddness, built on monstrous chorus bass, subtle arpeggio guitars, foggy synth washes and intriguing vocals delivering a chorus that may or may not be be “what I want to be, when I finally grow up, is a clown.”

Former Sunken Seas guitarist Luke Kavanagh is the distinctive vocalist here. It’s a winning vocal performance that makes the song, reminiscent of the slightly unhinged nocturnal otherness of say Fad Gadget, or Gary Numan, and perfectly matched to the dark-yet-accessible melodic post-punk of “Truancy”.

DEAF are comprised of former members of Sunken Seas and Tiddabades. In addition to Luke Kavanagh’s guitar and vocals, DEAF consists of Hayden Ellis (bass), Craig Rattray (drums) and synth players Mat Machray & Jarrod Crossland.  “Truancy” is a very promising introduction and taster for an EP expected later in the year.

Only at Day 10 of our NZ Music Month trawl through the uncharted waters of New Zealand music on bandcamp. Songs you won’t hear on any mainstream radio station (or Spotify playlist for that matter) in NZ Music Month or any other month but all well capable of being the soundtrack to our lives if we take the time to explore and listen beneath the surface.

Mermaidens_2018Day 5 of PopLib’s New Zealand Music Month 31 days of May madness marathon is “Fade” from Wellington’s Mermaidens.

“Fade” closes Mermaidens’ excellent 2017 album “Perfect Body”. It’s typical of the album’s sinewy mix of post-punk, ‘shoe-gaze’ and psychedelia, building through initially fairly minimal interweaving of guitars, drums and voices into a mesmerising maelstrom of sound in the finals few minutes.

“Perfect Body” is released on Flying Nun Records and is available on LP from Mermaidens via Bandcamp or from Flying Out

The ExThe Ex are from Amsterdam, forming in 1979 and still going strong judging by the rhythmic and sonic exploration evident on their latest album “27 passports” from which we have “Silent Waste”.

While the reference point from the year of their formation is Post-Punk, the album “27 Passports” exhibits mutated Afro-Beat rhythmic virtuosity and has just as strong a link to the exploratory experimental rock of early Can – around their “Monster Movie” album.

It’s a thrillingly different and challenging sound in today’s polished and accessible alternative music universe. The polyrhythmic drumming from Katherina Bornefeld (vocalist on this track, along with guitarist Arnold de Boer) is a standout of the album, driving and twisting these songs into unconventional shapes and providing a platform for the three guitarists to battle, churn and weave noise, melody, rhythm and chaos.

Time to explore their substantial back-catalogue now…

Carla Dal Forno Album coverFirst PopLib post for 2018 or last post for 2017 – depending on where in the world you are at this moment – is “We Shouldn’t Have to Wait”, the opening track from Carla Dal Forno‘s October 2017 EP “The Garden”.

Dal Forno’s 2016 debut album “You Know What It’s Like” was on many ‘best of 2016’ lists. But somehow it avoided the PopLib radar until late on 31 December 2017. It’s wonderful, but the subsequent EP this track is from is even better. The album was a grand exploration of psychedelic folk built around minimal lo-fi experimental electronic sounds, the EP is more focused and a kind of minimal electronic pop – slow, moody, damaged, melancholic.

What struck me on first listen to the EP was it was the first thing I’ve heard to remind me of local sonic explorers Death And The Maiden. The Dunedin trio also take an oblique approach to decelerated melancholic minimal post-punk slow-dance music, with lyrics that dwell on the dislocation of life and existence.

As with the EP, a refreshing feature here is how Dal Forno’s DIY approach to experimental electronic music creation is turned to approachable pop-craft ends. So weird industrial noises and distorted deconstructed wave-forms are incorporated into song arrangements in musical ways that they are in service to the melody and rhythm and the song itself.

Here’s the 2016 album to explore too.

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Continuing PopLib’s  send as a gift tips for the month with the title track from an EP called “Health” from Melbourne art-pop new-wave garage-pop band Parsnip.

This opening song “Health” and the rest of the 7″ EP channels so many great ideas, delivered in winning style. There’s a bit of 60’s garage psych-rock (the wobbly organ), lots of post-punk and New Wave (the guitars), some vocals evoking a kind of punked up Shangri-La’s and a heap of characterful and smart left-field pop.

“Health is the first single from everybody’s new favourite band Parsnip” says their label Anti Fade, and they aren’t wrong there.  Send it as a gift to someone you want to impress and get a copy of the 7″ EP for yourself as your reward for being so thoughtful.

 

Drahla Silk Spirit video BW stillHere’s PopLib’s 4th send as a gift tip for the month – the sonic blast of Drahla’s “Form of Luxury” from their just-out “Third Article” EP.

“Form of Luxury” is from a one-sided 4 track 12″ (a half-album?) and, as with all things Drahla, the music bristles with intelligent menace, partly from the discordant sheet-lighting of the opening guitar fury, but later through the withering dead-eyed delivery of the lyrics by Luciel Brown.

“Form of Luxury” rumbles through twists and turns, the Leeds trio’s exploration of underground noise pop ebbing into reflective oddness before ending with more destructive guitar. It’s exhilarating.

Drahla’s “Third Article” EP is recommended to send as a gift to the discerning post-punk guitar-noise art-rock fan in your life.  It’s also available in LP format.