TBR 6th July
It's been a long four years of silence for HTRK, after their Psychic 9-5 release and all the happening that followed, finding the strand to follow has been worth waiting for. Now on Ghostly International, the vocal/electronics know-how of Jonnine Standish and the guitar wizardry of Nigel Yang fuse once more in an outskirting suburb of Melbourne. This two track traditional single release marks the on-coming of a much awaited album. Plenty of us will want this for the B-side too, not to mention fulfilling the desire to hear more of this group's imagination.
The single begins with a vibrant resounding bass tone which flops like sunny arms over a perfectly balanced fulcrum. Moody words drizzle over echoic muses of string and gradual tempo. Shakers, hand drums, string scratches, grungy fret changes, and emopoetic charge slurries in a blending pit of sonic depth. Just a little longer before the Sun rises and falls... feeling this song is a pleasure. Relaxed and choked up on the lack of human touch when we love each other over the internet, a dualistic blissful hell that creeps into all of our lives. When we seem to be desperate for attention online, the basic need for human touch manifests in the desire to be acknowledged for being alive too.
Along with More To Enjoy, about not giving up, maybe on life, music or love, we're treated to a couplet that with splendid clarity, sounds haunting and delicately brushed. This remarkably gothic sounding release spells a noir dream of digital reality, hope, and breath-taking organic quality.
Listen to the A-side Mentions on Soundcloud
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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