The Psychedelic Freaks, Quivers and other local independent artists that we love this fortnight

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By Tom Walters

Hello and welcome to our bimonthly column on independent artists. Head here if you missed the previous installment, featuring Glass Beams, Floodlights, and Tahnee Ollerton.

Every fortnight, we bring together the best new Victorian bands and artists who are making waves online, underground and on the air.

For those looking to keep a listening ear with top emerging artists, this column will cover you every two weeks with Victoria’s best.

Find the latest musical interviews, news and reviews here.

Psychedelic monsters

This fortnight, we’re kicking off with Horatio Luna, jazzy house aficionado from Naarm / Melbourne and his new alias The Psychedelic Freaks. It’s a fitting name for the incredibly talented bassist, who swaps his signature nu-jazz sound for a much more retro sound.

Go through the doors of your mind is the name of the first LP, and it sees Horatio put down the bass and pick up the guitar for a psychedelic odyssey that channels the electric era of Miles Davis as well as Jimmy Hendrix and Frank Zappa.

Where recent Horatio Luna recordings like Boom boom and Yes Doctor relied heavily on the dance floor for their energetic late-night house influences, Go through the doors of your mind is much more of a home listening experience – one that acts like a time machine to the acid-drenched ’70s.

Put on the record and enjoy the multitrack recordings, analog craftsmanship and steamy guitar solos that prove that Horatio Luna cannot be cataloged.

Passing Through The Doorways Of Your Mind is now available on Band Camp.

Flimsey lohan

In the jazz-hop camp is Flimsey Lohan, an eternally cold quartet that combines velvety touches with slippery bars for a mellow sound inspired by MF DOOM, BADBADNOTGOOD and Kamaal Williams.

By bringing together the rhythm group mentality of members Sean Gage and Rhys Grunden’s other Foreign / National project with an old-fashioned hip hop philosophy, Flimsey Lohan finds a niche that sets them apart in Melbourne’s growing jazz scene.

‘Late Night Fridge Raid’ – their latest single which follows a string of releases over the past four years – is anchored by a dreamlike looping keyboard melody that sends singer Lindsey Knight’s lyrics glide effortlessly across the track. . While there’s a late-night snack vibe that permeates throughout, it’s easy to hear how this could turn into an atmospheric live banger.

‘Late Night Fridge Raid’ is now available. To learn more about Flimsey Lohan, click on their Instagram pages.

Quiver

Charming four-piece jangle-pop quivers are back to break our hearts with a smile Golden doubt, a new album now available through Spunk Records / Ba Da Bing / Bobo Integral. With Matthew Redlich (Holy Holy, Husky, Ainslie Wills) on production, the quartet lifts their indie pop sound into the sky, creating large, warm soundscapes that present themselves as a heartwarming hug on a winter’s day.

The opening track “Gutters of Love” filters easygoing pop-rock through a nostalgic ’50s pop lens, culminating with creepy band vocals including contributions from Angie McMahon. The entire record crackles with life, capturing the kind of magic you can get when recording with a classic setup at studios like The Aviary and Woodstock, where Golden doubt has been registered.

Golden doubt is a masterclass in jangly pop melancholy: all sunny vocal harmonies and escape fueled by boredom. Songs can be walked through with a certain weariness and drudgery, but there is a dash of optimism in Quivers’ concoctions that will keep a smile on your face.

Golden Dout is now available on Sperm discs.



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