28 May Mildlife – ‘Rare Air’

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a song featuring just four males. How boring that concept has become. However new Mildlife music is not boring. Not because Mildlife is this huge think-piece of an art project out of Melbourne, but rather because the instrumentation yielding upon multiple closer inspections provides so many different colours, depending on what frequency your ears choose to hone in on each listen.

If you’re trying to fully appreciate ‘Rare Air’ with earbuds or a Google Home mini, you might as well save your time and put on a podcast (Anonymous Music). ‘Rare Air’ is like a fine wine. Save it for a special occasion when you’re seated in your comfiest chair, with your most expensive piece of audio listening device, and then close your eyes.

Despite ‘Rare Air’ being 6 minutes and 53 seconds in length, it’s not entirely satisfying as a complete top and tailed track, but that might actually be a good sign, as they arguably went too all in when they released ‘Magnificent Moon’, especially as Track #1 on it’s album Phase. It unintentionally made it really hard for the rest of the album to live up to those extremely high standards set so early on. ‘Rare Air’ is likely to slide in and co-operate more as a team player of a track within the context of their forthcoming album Automatic on September 18th via Inertia Music.

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Mildlife are a four-piece from Melbourne with a sound most can’t put a finger on – It’s something like what your dad may have dreamed the future of music to sound like in 1974. They’re a live electronic outfit, but with as much string-plucking as there is dial-tweaking ensuring they’re not lost amongst any electro contemporaries.

On stage, Mildlife weave an uninterrupted experience of dusty beats and velvet melodies, projecting library music for the dance floor. They create technicolor kraut-rock on acid with a restrained wash of live instrumentation and samples.

‘Arriving Soon’, the latest single explores a retrospective future utopia with a haunting twist. While the luxuriously stretched out B-side, ‘How Long Does It Take?’ is a hypnotic 8 minute hip shaker dripping with erratic samples and synth flutters.”

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  • WHEN: Saturday 3rd March
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  • PRICE:  $10
  • SUPPORTS: Circular Keys + Baba-X
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