Author: Andrew Marais
No stranger to the abstract or ambient, Neil Büchner Jnr – under his Broken Telephone alias – released a visual poem Relics this last weekend in the format of a ‘Hi8’ or analogue videotape collage.
Released with a visually surreal treat filmed in Tankwa Karoo, Simon’s Town, Tokai and Namibia; From Within offers a striking observation into the inner machinations of an intensely visceral but irrational reality of a dream.
Modernising the traditional punk collab, Teenage Blob is a split-release album from Team Lazerbeam and The Superweaks as they wreak havoc across ‘Capeadelphia’ with wacky handcrafted care. Colourful and nonsensical, this ‘split-album’ in the form of six genre-bending video games wrapped up into one adventure lets you live out your teenage [blob] punk-rock fantasies.
Messily coherent, Acoustic Tracks 2020 came into existence as a collection of acoustic guitar melodies. Seemingly a meditation on the group’s folk side over its harsher, noise elements, this release is steadily constructed with an eclectic atmosphere of bluesy psychedelia.
With 5 EPs and an extensive touring history both in and out of SA under their belt, the Doll’s first full-length offering is an ostentatious ode to the weathered punks and upstart rebels. Formed by frontman Greg Allan and bassist Bex Nicholas in 2016, the Dolls strike a haunting image with their punkabilly sensibilities.
Fish Bowl Living is a welcome surprise from Mark Van Zyl (MVZ); 5 ‘dance’ tracks exploring a relationship between Trip Hop delight and ambient beats. The EP shines with a liquid bouquet of bass and sparkly tones all swirling together. With ecstatic sampling and subliminal presence, the EP subverts the sonic foreground and crafts a glass cage of merging sounds.