Too cool for school and/or foolishly slipping on a puddle of urine. With metaphors and tributes and everything in-between, here's a collection of some of our favourite local music from the week.
Hidden amongst The Chills' 19-year-hiatus-breaking album, Silver Bullets (released last month), was "When The Poor Can Reach The Moon", an 'Easter egg' tacked on to the end of "Pyramids". Freed from such silly structures, the 3-minute pop number sounds wonderfully effortless, a truly timeless representation of the "Dunedin sound" in all its glory. For its official video it's aptly partnered with a retro-bizarre 1950s cartoon.
Surface level judgement leaves this one in the same service station discount bins it ridicules, right next to the speed dealer wraps and festival season disposables. Yet, beyond all that, armed with an ice-cold effortless delivery and a shimmering trop-pop beat, there's a display of charmingly casual condemnation of copycat culture and the blandness bred from continous zeitgest.tumblr.com refreshing. Equally nonchalant is the description provided by the emerging 17-year-old hip-pop prodigy responsibly for the infectious track: "I wrote this song at my favourite burger shop when I should have been at school."
"When I'm drunk I act like, anyone would". With accentuated pauses, "Slip on Piss" — the lead single from Beef Jerk frontman Jack Lee's third solo album, No Limits — takes its lyrical lead (and title reference) from his recently-released book of poetry. With a delivery that's colloquially comfortable, yet with a snarling judgemental tone (both self and outwardly directed), Lee's economical one-liners stab their way through the sludgy, clattering composition, with the chanted complaint of those "adult situations, I keep gettin' in" destined to become memory-logged for days. No Limits is due out early December via Osbourne Again.
With "Nambucca Boy" Urthboy delivers one of the most touching tributes to cricketer Phil Hughes, who tragically passed away after being struck with a ball during a match a year ago this week. Over a minimal, piano-led beat, the veteran Aussie rapper serves a platter of spine-shivering lyrics that focus not on the events of the batsman's untimely death, but rather act as an MC Bushpoet celebration of his ability ("save your legs Phil, it’s four more runs"). This accompanying press-release/feature by Geoff Lemon is also an essential read.
Ben McDonald is a member of the ever-growing extended Tame Impala family, currently performing as part of Pond side-project Shiny Joe Ryan. Human Buoy is his solo venture, delivering a unique take on the brand of homemade psychedelica him and his fellow-West Coast mates are gaining international recognition for. "Oxygen", with guest "mouth drumming" from Ariel Pink, is the impressive first single from his debut LP, Animation Station, expected early 2016.
Photo: The Chills (provided)