A few years ago, Ghoul’s debut mini-LP A Mouthful of Gold arrived in my mailbox back in Sydney (seems like a lifetime ago now) and ever since I’ve been eagerly anticipating what the band had in store next. The restless ambition of that first release was evident immediately to me: here was a young band that had a knack for sonic experimentation.
They’re among the few Australian bands I’ve been keeping an eye on from Vancouver and earlier this year they finally followed-up that first mini-LP with another. Dunks, out on Speak & Spell through Inertia, continues the band’s off-kilter soundscapes and it is one of my favourite releases of 2011 so far. Dunks‘ seemingly effortless mix of electronic experimentation and acoustic instruments is rooted in confident songwriting and excellent production; every nuance of every song is executed beuatifully.
Maybe it’s just the dubstep feel to some of the songs (like 3Mark) but I often find that Dunks sits along the work of Burial late at night in my headphones. Somehow these dark, rainy Vancouver nights are perfectly soundtracked by Sydney’s Ghoul. Expect to hear more from these guys before the year is out.