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BediquetteWhat better way to celebrate 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album than by picturing yourself on a shopping trolley stuck in Dunedin’s Leith River, plastic bags of yellow and white wrapped around the handle. You look for the the guy with a laptop and headphones making psychedelic glitch pop, and he’s gone. It’s Bediquette on PopLib with “Fracture”:

It’s 2017 and Abbey Road studio is a state of mind multiplied by a microprocessor chip in a laptop running recording software, a microphone and an audio interface going in, and a pair of headphones coming out, connected to someone with their head in the clouds, like Bediquette here.

“Fracture” is the gorgeous, dreamy middle track from a new three-song EP called “Looking, Not Listening” by Dunedin bedroom glitch-beat sound sculptor Bediquette, formerly known as Govrmint, as featured on PopLib back in February 2015.

There’s a little bit of the woozy saturation of Boards of Canada, but with a heart of the kind of fractured heartbreak pop of the experimental extreme of Sparklehorse’s orbit. The vocals are processed with distortion as a kind of protective shield perhaps to cocoon an introverted singer but it somehow manages to create an odd kind of digital intimacy.

“Looking, Not Listening” is a wonderful collection of warm, inventive melodic glitch-beat futuristic psychedelia. It’s very reflective and personal, but also expansive and propulsive. An essential trip into the inner space of a suburban Dunedin imagination.

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Swampy Summit Panorama

Dunedin. No pony. Unfazed.

Day 27 of NZ Music Month is a home-recorded mumbled masterpiece from Dunedin’s reclusive Fazed on a Pony, called “Palz”

I’m often reminded of Sparklehorse when I listen to Fazed on a Pony.

It’s not that the music sounds particularly alike, but it shares that sense you sometimes get from Sparklehorse songs like they are an intimate confessional from a close friend going through a difficult time.

The DIY recording, unusual ideas used in the arrangements, the general woozy melodicism of the songs and that can’t-quite-make-it-out vocal delivery all conspire together to draw you into the recording.

“Palz” is from a now sold out 5 song cassette EP called “Hunch” released last year by UK cassette label Fox Food Records.

“Alone” by low-key Dunedin solo recording artist Fazed on a Pony is perfect rainy-day-Sunday music. Fazed on a Pony is Peter McCall, who fronted the briefly wondrous Blanche last year and has also appeared in Yawny and the Apocalypse and the Dasepo Girls.

Two singles have been released without fanfare via the Fazed on a Pony Bandcamp page . Both are great. "Mary Like Me", released in August, is infused with 3Ds/ Pavement-esque guitar runs and a submerged vocal. The more recent single "Alone" though is more confident – in that peculiarly introverted Dunedin way – and distinct of character.

The vocals sound like they are recorded on a dictaphone & somehow matched to the backing track. The effect is oddly beautiful and dislocating. It creates both a weird intimacy and, at the same time, a barrier to keep the listener arms-length. The music is languorous – slow, sleepy, crammed full of interest and diversions. I have played this song on repeat for the past day and it still has the sense of wonder of the first listen.