The Australian new-wave quartet The Apathies released their début eponymous EP on the 13th.
Opening the four track release – The Nang Song sets the scene for the release (available on bandcamp) as the sounds scatter across the room in shafts of trippy light that minds of watching a swarm of Lampyridae darting around at night as the song threads through a diversity of pace and intensity.
Next is Nothing To Do which opens with delicately played upper notes on the guitar as-though a librarian wearing soft gloves handling an original Shakespeare manuscript prior to ripping out the pages in frustration, with plectrum sliding up and down strings leaving a delightful springy recoil to the sounds.
What You Want readily identifies The Apathies are far from apathetic, rather capable musicians and song-writers who can create intense imagery within the sparse architecture and my pick of the release.
Closing out with Camus’ Desert which appropriately given the reference to Albert – is an abstract, approaching four minutes, of psychedelic meanderings.
Think Wreckless Eric, Iggy and The Stooges and Captain Beefheart and you will be getting an idea of the melting pot of ideas and influences The Apathies draw upon to create their music.
I look forward to hearing much more of the quartet in short order.
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