New Noise: No Zu, Gosteleradio, Nikko, The Vasco Era, Lunars
Our regular round-up of the best new music on the internet, featuring an electro boogie-inspired jam from No Zu, a change of direction from Brisbane’s Nikko and Gosteleradio’s Brian Wilson homage.
– The rise of electro boogie and electronic dance culture in New York has inspired ‘Tattooed Heads’, a seven minute-plus teaser track from No Zu’s forthcoming mixtape Body Tape. The track, which precedes the band’s debut album, is built on a rhythm section using only a drum machine from the 1990s and a delay pedal. Effected trumpets, bubbling synths and “lyrics” inspired by a Howard Arkley work (of which the song takes its name) were added. No Zu originally began as a recording project for Nicolaas Oogjes in 2007, but is fleshed out live by a revolving cast of Melbourne musicians.
No Zu -Tattooed Head by Mess+Noise
– Gosteleradio’s Great Deeds Against the Dead was one of the great unsung debuts of 2010, or as M+N reviewer Doug Wallen so aptly described it, “A loving inhabitation of classically cut Beatles melodies, lugubrious Pink Floyd tempos and widescreen landscapes somewhere between the two.” New song ‘Odyssey’, however, sounds more like a Pet Sounds-off with Eagle & The Worm, whose recent single ‘Too Young’ was a self-confessed Brian Wilson homage. ‘Odyssey’ is taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled EP, out September 9 through MGM.
– The “ill-fitting” post-rock tag ascribed to last year’s debut The Warm Side has been shrugged off by Brisbane act Nikko on their new 7”. ‘About the Spirit’/‘Smoke Alarms’ sees the band move into some expansive alt-country territory; the kind populated by Mazzy Star, Giant Sand and Palace Music, among others. ‘About The Spirit features guest vocals by Jacinta Walker (Keep on Dancin’s, Butcher Birds) and strings by regular collaborator Adam Cadell. Both tracks are lifted from the band’s upcoming second album. The 7” will be launched in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in September. Dates here.
– The Vasco Era’s new single ‘Child Bearing Hips’ is “about wanting to be involved with things that you know are wrong”, which we’re sure has absolutely nothing to do with those aborted Nirvana tribute gigs in February. That being said, the track does hark back to the band’s grungy roots, with a fuzz pedal workout and a chorus recalling The Drones. It’s from their as-yet-untitled third album, which was recorded at Sound Park in Melbourne with the help of Steven Schram (The Devastations, Little Red, Eagle & The Worm). Look out for it in October.
– Melbourne trio Lunars somehow strike the balance between unsettling and sweet on first single ‘Headlight’, pitching wonky guitars and eerie whistles against picked ukulele, glockenspiel and some pretty BVs. The track hails from their debut “triple A-side”, which is out next week via Bandcamp. It’s reportedly full of “lush noise and dark melodies”.