Thursday 31 January 2013

Snakadaktal - Dance Bear/Air

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Back home in Australia Snakadaktal are reasonably well known, particularly on the indie circuit, but this double A-side single on London label Young & Lost Club will be their first official UK release, following free download 'Chimera' (included below). So that means us Brits get to see just why this quintet were crowned winners of triple J's 'Unearthed' competition for 2011. And to be honest that reason isn't immediately apparent, none of the tracks here are songs you can fall in love with right away, so repeat plays are advised before you can fully grasp their sound, not that it's overly obscure or complex, that's just the way it works sometimes.

'Dance Bear' is the most immediate, combining beats from chillwave and vocals from the lighter side of trip-hop, they converge with more established indie sounds to make lively dreampop, a bit like jj if they were fed performance enhancing drugs before hitting the studio. After a handful of spins you understand the hype. 'Air' is a little trickier to grasp, partly down to the lower tempo and more hushed sound. With this comes added emotion though, thanks to the soft vocals and the fact that everything seems to be toned down at least a couple of notches. There's still magic to be found, you just have to dig a little deeper this time. 'Chimera' continues much in the same way as 'Air' left off and we have to say it's all rather lovely.

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