March music review

Gum’s monthly music round-up for March 2019.

Illustrations by Tahlia Kristjansson


 
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The jensens

Mt Mura (Single)

For a little more information on this track, we went straight to the source…of good cups of coffee. Nathan from The Jensens is one of the caffeine slingers at The Menagerie cafe in Kelvin Grove, where we asked him to describe the band’s new song, Mt Mura, in three words. “Wounded, colourful, musket,” he whispered across the counter. Perplexed, and more importantly, freshly caffeinated, we kept those words in mind while listening to the track. The strange thing is, ‘wounded colourful musket’ is a pretty appropriate way to describe the track. It’s psalm like - authoritative, longing, and carries an introspective sentiment through the lyrics. The song builds up as the barrel is prepped, the powder and ball is in the chamber and the trigger is pulled, releasing a psychedelic volley of flangey guitars for an outro. Muskets are notoriously inaccurate, but this one hits the mark.

For fans of: Sam’s Town era The Killers, The Strokes

Pairs with: Drinking strong, black coffee.

Listen to Mt Mura on Spotify here.


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Until The Children Grow Old (EP)

Chakra and his band have been pretty active in the Brisbane music scene for the past couple of years, so it’s wonderful to finally have a chance to listen to these songs at our leisure. The sounds of his debut EP Until The Children Grow Old adapt to how they’re being listened to. While they can certainly get a room moving, listening to them with headphones in produces a more peaceful, subdued aura. It’s drowsy, but driving. Inherent in Chakra’s lo-fi sound is a nostalgia for home and childhood, visualised in the dreamy clip for Grow Up. This track, as well as Waste Of Space are EP highlights, with their catchy hooks and gritty, glittery guitar tones. Home, a stripped-back, bitter-sweet lament, is a beautiful fade out to an eclectic collection of songs. Chakra’s sonic world is complex, raw, dark, soft, and we’re glad he’s shared it with us.

For fans of: Real Estate, Yuck

Pairs With: Before you go to sleep at night... or day.

Listen to Until The Children Grow Old on Spotify here.


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Dream (Single)

TEJAVU is Brisbane musician James Halstead’s first dive into the realm of the solo project, and he’s brought with him a lot of experience and influences from previous endeavors. Dream is a progressive piece. It flows and stops and builds in the same way a dream might as we sleep. The offbeat guitar strum is a simple addition that adds another level of complexity, catching the listener off-guard and building wonderfully on the mounting tension. The rhythm is addictive and jarring, and it’s enough to make you dizzy and unbalanced in the best kind of way. If you’re interested in experiencing the augmented universe - complete with saxophone outros - look out for more wavy, mystifying material from this local talent.

For fans of: Tame Impala, The Growlers

Pairs with: A really nice music visualiser from the internet.

Listen to Dream on Spotify here.


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Ridin’ With You (Single)

These two 19-year-old Sunshine Coast locals keep it cruisy in what they say is likely to be their last collaboration for some time. Ridin’ With You stands apart from both artists’ 2018 EPs - Felivand’s soul-inspired In Bloom and Jye’s beachy and chilled Drift Away. It’s a mix of LFO-heavy synth over the top of a smooth and simple rhythm section that gets you interested, but it’s the duo’s beautiful vocal melodies that will keep you humming this tune for the rest of the day. The lyrics are pretty, too. It’s a snappy song about riding your bike and drinking coffee with your lover - what’s not to enjoy?

For fans of: Chet Faker/Nick Murphy, SBTRKT

Pairs with: Riding your bike around town on sunny days.

Listen to Ridin’ With You on Spotify here.


 
 
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Surfer Rosa (March, 1998)

Unless you had cool, young parents, or cool, older friends, your first introduction to the confusing world of Pixies probably came from the ending of David Fincher’s 1999 film, Fight Club. Perhaps Where Is My Mind? is the song that plays in your head when you think of collapsing buildings and the complete destruction of your credit card debt. And that’s just track 7 of 13 short, strange songs on Pixies debut, Surfer Rosa. Bone Machine opens the album with absolutely huge drums, a fuzzy, scratchy guitar riff,  random screaming, bizzare, repeated phrases (‘He bought me a soda!?’), and dual male/female vocal duties that would soon become a staple of Pixies material. Initially, you may find this album inaccessible, noisy and too weird to become addictive, but the more you stick with it, the more it grows on you. Gigantic pulls you in with a catchy bassline and fun lyrics. Once you’re halfway through track Vamos, amidst a fast punk beat, warped, feedbacking guitar picking, and more obnoxious yelling, you don’t really know what’s happening anymore, but you’re definitely having fun.

For fans of: Any indie music released since 1988.

Pairs with: Drunk guitar playing, screaming into the void.

Listen to Surfer Rosa on Spotify here.

Tom Jordan