2 Track, 12inch (2010, Imperative Residence)
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Related: Ohana, Absolute Boys.
Like the perfect amalgam of This Heat, Bill Laswell, Fugazi and the Tom Tom Club, 'Minimal Wave' – the debut 12” by Absolute Boys – comes strutting out with a ritualistic groove. While recorded by Neil Thomason at Head Gap studios in Melbourne, parts of the song actually sound like they could have emanated from Sly and Robbie's Compass Point Studios sometime during the ’80s.
Heavy on digital delay and clinical rhythm, the vocals of Will Farrier (ex-Ohana) take on an eerie and sombre tone. Even the syllables of the words work as a repetitive drone as he sings “resentment”, “omnipresent” and “malevolent” like a wordier Grace Jones – if she was from Thirroul in regional NSW.
Reading the label imprint it come as no surprise that Ben Andrews of My Disco gets a co-production credit. Indeed, both ‘Minimal Wage’ and B-side ‘Wonderful Things’ tread a similar path of minimal and clean percussion as My Disco's latest single ‘Young’.
I’m not sure how this style of music would hold up over an entire full- length album, but it’s certainly a promising taste of things to come.
by Tim Scott