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.
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.