Ethereal Raunch is the debut EP from Fantasing, a collaborative venture between Wellington musicians/artists Bek Coogan (of Cortina and Full F**king Moon), Claire Harris, Sarah Jane Parton and Gemma Syme (of Diana Rozz and 47 Diamantes). Rooted in a lo-fi alt-rock aesthetic, these four songs see the quartet indulging in pan flutes, comedic lyrical storylines and popular music- and arts-related commentary.
‘Instant Fantasy’ matches garage rock rhythms and guitar with repeated group vocal refrains. ‘Art Cloak’ pushes the group into a tribal space, where rolling percussion collides with the aforementioned pan flute, grinding textures, and chanted lyrics centralised around the line “take off your art cloak”. The whimsical ‘My Vegan Lover’ is the hilarious story of a clichéd vegan lover as floppy as the song. ‘A Girl Called Runway’ kicks off as experimental drone music, before unfolding into something close to conventional song.
Performance art music for those with both a sense of adventure and humour, Ethereal Raunch is a good time.
Time and Space
In her Time and Space EP, easygoing Wellington diva Bella Kalolo expands on the idiosyncratic Polynesian soul of her first album, Without The Paper. Where her debut ripped with break-beat grooves, funky swamp guitar and tasteful pop aspirations, Time and Space ripples with disco swing.
‘Be Happy’, featuring Auckland rappers Spycc and INF, pops with the same bounce that powered American post-disco legends Mtume. ‘Time to Get Away’ struts like an evening walk down Broadway, with flickering boogie guitar and Kalolo’s call to “take it to the dance-floor, and move as if there’s nothing wrong”. ‘Nothing Else’ finds Bella in full flight vocally, soaring over four-to-the-floor disco drums and grunty melodies, before dropping into an intense half-timed arrangement that actually pushes her intensity up further. While not necessarily a step up from Without The Paper, in Time and Space Kalolo reminds us why she is far from a one-trick pony.[info]
November Live Music Recommendations
On Friday 1 November, Lawrence Arabia performs at San Francisco Bath House. On Sunday 2 November, experimental composer Rhian Sheehan and Orchestra Wellington collaborate at the Opera House. The same night, Bella Kalolo brings her Time and Space Tour to the Southern Cross Garden Bar. On Friday 8 November, post-punk UK reggae figureheads The Members play at Bodega. The Black Seeds play at James Cabaret on Friday 15 November. The same night, Melbourne-based New Zealand rapper Louie Knuxx headlines Assembly at San Francisco Bath House, and Lyttelton country/folk stalwarts The Eastern perform at St Peters Hall. On Saturday 16 November, the Gunslingers Ball presents Australia’s Wagons at Bodega. American fuzz rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play at Bodega on Tuesday 19 November.[/info]