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THE BUNYIP MOON – WORLD

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Wikipedia describes the bunyip as “a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes”, and this is an entirely fitting description of Melbourne-based The Bunyip Moon‘s newest album World. The sound is murky and washed-out – the drum track is so clipped that it sounds like someone beating metal trashcans with rubber mallets – and though I’m generally not a fan of this mixing style, it works wonders for these gazey, atmospheric pieces. The opener “KILL EVERYTHING” is monstrous and agile; its follow-up “GRAVITY SUX” is forceful and almost mystical (the “Age of Empires”-esque progression is fittingly epic). Then the haunting chant-like lyrics of “BLACK HOLES” quickly work their magic, sucking you into the hazey soundscape, but when the skipping feedback fades to the clicktrack and dissonant piano of “TAKE DOWN THE CRUCIFIX”, the sheer weight of the album’s early blasts really sets in. So when “METAL MICKEY” rears its ugly head, and the noise/fade cycle begins again, there’s no hope of escaping the pull – and, really, why would you want to? The tension slowly simmers through “THE FLIES”, until you’re sufficiently weirded out, until you’re certain that black hole that just ripped you apart is gonna explode like a supernova, and then…well, I won’t spoil the surprise. World is a showcase in the art of full-hearted contrast, crushing yet expansive – support this band and pray that they come to your area sometime soon.

ABORIGINAL HIPPODOG'S COMIN' TA GETCHA

HOT DAMN IT’S A BUNYIP

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