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.