Don’t be fooled by the song’s title – Spelunks’ ‘Relaxed Geometry’ is decidedly unchill. There’s the shock of the trebly flute/recorder meshing with synths into a keening/eldritch psychedelic swirl like some plastic Alistair Galbraith, atop brisk, clipped beats and a dry, digi-funk bassline, with yearning, nervy vocals buried in the mix. The solo project of James Grant (formerly of Tiger Tones), Spelunks has seen him release a steady stream of music on Bandcamp via his Sleepout Recordings label. He’s recently relocated from Christchurch to Melbourne – like a handful of other musicians, he lost his job after the earthquake and figured he had nothing to lose by moving, but still has strong connections to his hometown – the musical territory he covers dovetails with that of cult blog Rose Quartz’s Chch-Sydney axis; he’s a fellow traveller in another Christchurch exile, Fraser Austin of Frase+Bri, who has been similarly prolific in Sydney with secrets and FEELINGS. Spelunks-wise, he’s releasing a digital split-single with Christchurch artist Leafs, and is curating a compilation called Hi-Tech Luddite surveying the post-quake Christchurch tracker music scene, and having attended a lot of harsh noise shows in Melbourne, he’s “planning on doing something that starts out as a block of white noise and then slowly morphs into fruity grooves as a counterpoint to all the metal dude posturing.” Here’s to the future.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.