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Bands We Like: The Glitchy Genius of Australia's Spoonbill

Close your eyes and turn it up, and in no time the wonky sounds of Spoonbill will have you in the Australian outback surrounded by impossible creatures. The Melbourne producer combines equal parts wobbly low end and twangy patchwork, peppered with blithe live instrumentation and playful voice samples. Spoonbill is the psychedelic mushroom cap to past collaborator Tipper’s acid sugar cube.

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Photo credit: spoonbill.net.au

Spoonbill’s vibe has the intentional cheese of early Wagon Christ, but takes the complexity into a synthetic realm. Sequences of goofy samples are all over the place, tied together with oscillating synth and sequenced percussive rolls. Underneath all the chaos, a trip hop beat carries each track. There’s a lot happening on each song, but if you listen close, you can hear the folk music buried in Spoonbill’s DNA. Hidden, composite melodies are upbeat and energetic, battling to be heard through a steel grate of synthesizer sound.

Compared to his previous releases, Spoonbill’s newest Airborne EP is a touch more friendly to the layman’s ears. It’s the kind of thing you can listen to closely and pick apart, or just throw on and bob your head to. No two bars of a Spoonbill track are the same, yet he executes it sans the abrasive nature of his contemporaries of the same ilk (for instance, Vibe Squad). So, if you or someone you know is still listening to those archaic things called “bands,” and hasn’t crossed over because they can’t stand the heat of serious produced music, Spoonbill is likely an apt bridge.

Check out Airborne and Spoonbill’s other releases on his website. We know it’s tempting, but don’t play that pong game for too long.


Written by M

November 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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