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New Music: Swazi Gold

March 4, 2019

Music | by Dean Robinson

Australian gauze-pop dreamers Swazi Gold, have released a new sun-drenched single that shimmers like the Melbourne coast. Shapeshifting is an enticing preview of their debut album that will be released in March.

Sun-kissed with sixties swirls, the four-minute scorcher of a track positively oozes with reverbed vibes of classic psyche rock ‘n’ roll. Shapeshifting occupies a retro territory from start to finish. Hazy vocals and surf-style guitar riffs combine with alt-pop synth sounds and sassy disco beats to create a consistent, unmistakably vintage sound. It’s warm, wistful and pleasant – a perfect soundtrack for those long summer evenings.

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The Australian three-piece are no strangers to this musical landscape. Formed by the chief songwriters from Melbourne bands Crepes, Dreamin’ Wild and Sagamore, Swazi Gold brings together the creative flair of three friends simultaneously forging their own sound and vision – drawing on their collective love of Nigerian folk, American electronics and quirky, melody-driven pop music. All the touchstones can be heard in Shapeshifting and one can imagine them spending plenty of time together listening to old records by JJ Cale, Harry Nillson and Talking Heads.

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Shapeshifting is accompanied with a fantastically trippy video directed by Ashley Goodhall. The retro-inspired, mesmerising visuals unfold with the same languid simplicity as the music to create an all-round psychedelic sensory experience.

If this single is anything to go by, we can expect that the debut album Jehovah’s Whispers will deliver more enjoyable and feel-good tracks that echo warm sunsets on summer beaches.

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