Melbourne/Narm-based experimental pop musician Calyx calls out the body’s need for pleasure and joy in the opening track of her debut double-A-side single “body/M.G.E.P.”
With Depeche Mode, the Cocteau Twins, Severed Heads, Fever Ray and the Dirty Three as inspirations, dancing ‘between chaos, resistance and pleasure’, the Australian artist seamlessly fuses arrangement and improvisation, synthetic and organic, through the use of violin, voice, and analog electronics, to build a thrillingly immersive and powerful Darkwave sound with arcane folk hues, the lyrical fiddle recalls Triffids’ Robert McComb, laced with thrilling intensity, tension and drama.
“body” drives hypnotic, punchy and clattering rhythmic patterns weaved with ominous droning bass lines, to throb and churn beneath deeply evocative, palpably haunting layers, at times staccato strokes, of evocative wailing violin, filled with melancholy and pain, to stretch out over raw declaiming vocals, rising and falling in primal frequencies of desire and passion.
The more introspective, vibrant, and erratic nocturnal drone of “M . G . E . P.”, slowly meanders through sparse knocking beats stirring weeping violin, and anxious vocals, to evoke the desperate longing and brooding found when one obsessively tries to heal amid the painful remnants of a shattered fantasy.
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