GLITCH CULTURE BLOG
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.
Yndian Mynah’s Designasaurs does its namesake justice, going a long way to capture the combination of technical accomplishment, wonder and heart that made the creations of Jurassic Park leave such a mark on the band’s members in the first place.
Recorded live at home during lockdown, the three videos feature Colin and Angela von Cock performing their songs with suitably warm yet deadpan introspection. Fittingly, the heavily-distorted lyrics mull over feelings of paranoia, isolation and disconnection, and amid the layers of guitar loops and drum patterns, they paint an almost sunny picture of their circumstances.
Julia Robert are keeping your energy up this week with the help of Stoorsessions, as well as spreading awareness on GBV in SA.
Released on Now Now Just Now in July, the Loose Ends’ debut EP is a maelstrom of low-end riffs, drenched in a miasma of effects that frequently channels more shoegaze than the seventies psychedelia referenced by the band. In short, it’s a dream Endless Daze set from the heart of Cape Town psych rock that maintains the edge and vigour of live performance without sacrificing an ounce of studio polish.
For the better part of five years, Eugene Hayman – who records under the moniker of Bonbonvillon – has stitched together scattered beats and synthesisers, replete with reverb-drenched guitars and hazy vocals, creating soundscapes that feel at once intriguing and intimately familiar.
Who Keeps Score is the new single from South African stoner rock band Ruff Majik, taken from their new album The Devils Cattle which is set for release on the 30th October 2020 on Mongrel Records.
Runaway Nuns have released their video of The Sideways Session, filmed and recorded earlier this year at The Sideways Building in Woodstock. The Nuns performed four songs from their new album, Spit, which was released on Now Now Just Now on the 15th of May.