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Friday, April 27, 2012

Notye: Five Innovative New Australian Bands That Aren't Gotye

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Eddy Current Suppression Ring

With disorientating, circular grooves a la The Fall and instrumental tones that can easily be mistaken for recordings 30 years old, Eddy Current Suppression Ring makes no effort to disguise their early punk influences. If their songs didn't gush with conviction and charisma, it would be easy to dismiss the group as backwards-looking, but that's never the case in any given ECSR song. There are razorblades in the catchy guitar progressions and frenetic energy in every drum fill; the vocal yells are relentlessly charming. Listeners will be endeared to Eddy Current Suppression Ring on the emotional level that allures listeners to earnest rock 'n roll.

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Tame Impala

The leading purveyors of Australian smooth psych, the members of this group seems to be as concerned with cultivating slick grooves as they are with demonstrating their significant chops and coating them with dense studio trickery and effects. Their use of effects is never to cover up mediocre songwriting or dull tones, though. Each instrument stands alone as a manipulated creature, and particular moments on their most recent LP, Innerspeaker, reveal a knack for songwriting that defies the group's age and exceeds that of most modern psychedelic bands. The group manages to flex interesting chord changes and unconventional song structures with grace that never detracts from their overall smoothness.

See also: Tame Impala Can Bend Soundwaves and Brainwaves Better Than You (Live Review)

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