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Cull – Nasty Drought

Previously featured Sydney quartet Cull recently released a new single titled “Nasty Drought”. Like previous single “Magi Fuel” and their 2013 EP, this new track continues the bands quest to dig deep into bleary, narcotic psych-rock. Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse still is an obvious reference point, but Cull is also more and more carving out their own narrow psychedelic space formed by gorgeous drawn-out guitar chords mingled with distant, atmospheric synth sounds.

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This week’s best from the inbox

Whealthy Ghost – “Smoke Machine”

Pete Kostrivas, the sole man behind Wealthy Ghost, released a sparse, often naked debut album last year titled Good Luck. Influenced by artists who can do more with less, the record revealed a deeply personal, bare-boned songwriter that immediately struck a chord with me. A new EP Cold Hands is due out October 21, and “Smoke Machine” is its very strong first taste.


Cull – “Magi Fuel”

Cull, a Sydney four-piece helmed by Chumpy Cull, are easiest described as an experimental psych-rock band with the ability to bleed and weep the guitar into unorthodox structures and strange tempo changes. “World Inside Your Head” proved this point by first sounding like a fairly straightforward shoegaze/slowcore song (albeit earwormy and extrovert), before mutating into an overwhelming psychedelic instrumental of euphoric riffs and noisy synth pads.

The band now follows their Bà nôi EP with “Magi Fuel”; a track even clearer in vision.

Chumby wrote me the following;

“Magi Fuel” came about after I spent a couple of months secluded in my bedroom studio, which is built under my Ikea loft bed (as seen in the artwork, which I also put together). The song basically attempts to take you through the process of an idea being formed under the loft bed, and then eventually making it’s way out of it.”


tinmouth – “Prevent Defense”

Aaron from newly formed Philadelphia band tinmouth had the following to say about their first single “Prevent Defense”;

“Last April we finished our EP One More Revelation. We immediately began writing new music for the record, and “Prevent Defense” was the first song we started, if I recall correctly. I think it started as a much faster and more abrasive version of what it is, and we struggled with figuring out something interesting to do for a bridge. I don’t think any song on the record gave me more personal frustration, as I always felt it bordered on pop-punk (a label we try to avoid). After about 6 months of going and coming back to it, we nailed that half time, soul-influenced bridge and slowed down the song overall, and that’s how it ended up where it is today.”

tinmouth are gearing up to release their debut album, Says, recorded with Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs).

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Cull – World Inside Your Head

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On the first half of “World Inside Your Head”, Cull sounds like a rather decent shoegaze outfit enconpassing those almost mandatory slightly-off-tune guitar techniques that I’ve heard my share of bands employing. However, from around the two minute mark and onward, the tracks transform into an absolutely stunning psychedelic instrumental, embracing an overwhelming arrangement of euphoric synth pads that climbs until it completely deconstructs into an array of noisy mayhem.

The Sydney four-piece certainly portray a knack for construction atmospheres, evident by layers of beautiful instruments swirling and weaving around a conservatively straightforward melody. Most of the bands previous releases carry on in a similar vein, but nothing strikes this immediately and powerfully. Cull have produced a slice of psychedelic heaven buried inside classical shoegaze textures, but at the same time, the ambiance is a whole lot more extrovert and earwormy than what we typically would expect from this genre. But as with most Australian bands; blame the cheery good mood on the weather.