Third Outing spoke to Melbourne's Static Animal, the latest Dream Pop group to make it to the UK, following their début release on Sports Day Records. But is it a spring board to new sounds or more a reflection of some of Australia's other big hitters? Take it away...
Static Animal. They are from Australia and went to high school together. That's all we know.
“The term Dream Pop makes me cringe a little. We said Shoegaze because some of the newer stuff we’re planning to release soon has more of a Shoegaze feel; more fuzz, more ambient stuff you know”?
“I’m really into artists like Slowdive and Lockett Pundt, they’ve crafted an incredibly etherial and catchy sound. There’s just something alluring about that type of music. There are so many sub-genres of music that the whole point of the ‘genre' has become a little bit redundant - it puts more pressure on the artist to stick to the same sound and prevents them from experimenting which is a bit worrying to me. We love Kevin Parker. He’s an undeniable musical genius that so many artists aspire to. When we recorded the EP last year we set out to make songs that were sort of weird, crunchy and spacious. The growing collection of guitar pedals we use also made an impact on the warped sounds we ended up creating”.
Majorca, the single. Though cringe Beach Dream Pop by definition, the warped sound promotes a holiday atmosphere. Almost like a reinvention of a Bossa Nova, Majorca is full of rhythm and chill.
“We've been recording new songs since July this year. Hopefully they’ll come out early next year. The whole idea of a tour is a bit beyond us at the moment. We’ll try and do a few shows here and there over the summer though”.
3rd Opinion Static Animal's début eponymous release recorded last year has just been reissued by London based Sports Day Records. The EP kicks off with a repetitive instrumental called Easy, laced with gentle echo portraying the smooth efficiency of the band. But from here nothing really happens.
Despite bass drive and guitar tinkering throughout the tracks, we are just floating in the world of the synth. PMQ is the first track which sounds very Tame Impala. Thankfully, then, that Majorca is on this record. “It's alright to let go” repeats the singer over a shimmering melody. It's washed out vocals, vintage keyboards and that classic dream sound. But it's good. So was I too quick to judge this EP? Alas no. Static Animal are not evidently ripping of the works of Kevin Parker. However, songs such as Halogenic Hexagon make me doubt again.
“We actually recorded a whole bunch of other songs during that period that we didn't put on the EP because they unintentionally ended up sounding like Tame Impala rip off songs”.