FL Recommends: October
Our monthly round-up of the best emerging bands on the internet – from a collection of psychedelic savages to a Melbourne home-recorded project and New Zealand’s latest surf-pop export.
Melbourne’s Grand Prismatic create drop-out pop: the kind of unrestrained hazy tunes that make you want to lie on your back and count stars. A self-described “collection of psychedelic savages” the four-piece are lead by Brendan Clarkson, whose dark vocal tones recall Bowie, or ‘Nightclubbing’-era Iggy. In a year dominated by fey indie harmonies, Clarkson’s magnetic musings pack a satisfying punch on new single ‘Bells Will Ring’.
They are from Auckland, have a name that sounds like the coolest genre since #chillmate and musically sit “somewhere between the Flying Nun bands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the 1960s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry”. Ghost Wave also write sweet, psychedelic pop songs that wrap Deltones-inspired guitar lines around dreamy Anton Newcombe-esque vocals. Laneway 2014 seems a given.
Isabella Manfredi and guitarist Gideon Bensen share vocal duties in The Preatures, however it’s Manfredi’s voice that cuts through with a wounded intensity on new single ‘Pale Rider’ as she grieves for “a shadow of a man, I love and understand”. The Sydney five-piece call themselves gothic soul, but with an ever-present whammy bar and “woman scorned” lyrics the band’s real appeal lies in a dark country aesthetic.
Bored Nothing is the project of 20-something Fergus Miller, who now calls Melbourne home after many years with no fixed address. Paradoxically – for someone without a home – his debut album is a collection of rough-and-ready bedroom recordings initially released as demos and cassettes. Miller’s voice may recall Elliott Smith, but there’s a lot of variety in these lo-fi gems – from the almost chill vibe of opener ‘Shit For Brains’ to the epic ‘Bliss’, which reveals ambitions far beyond his humble abode (wherever that may be).
Related: FL Recommends September.