TRACK OF THE DAY – BATHYMETRY – ‘Goblin Fruit’ (Free Download)


Bathymetry (Ariel, Emily, and David) arrived on our radar when they applied for the opening slot at the Liverpool leg of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s recent ‘Psychocandy’ tour.  We always make a point of checking out the support bands as you often do come across some genuinely interesting artists, (although we did catch a man who played Queen cover versions with a kazoo on one memorable occasion which still, to this day haunts us!!) and we have to say we were mightily impressed by Bathymetry.

We’re loathe to label them ‘kooky,’ as this seems to now be a term that is exclusively employed to describe female singers /artists.  ‘Kooky’ has the vague whiff of a hobbyist not a pioneer, it’s a patriarchal pat on the head, an indulgent ‘well done you – now get back in your box’  … for example you never hear a Jimmy Page guitar solo being described as ‘wacky’ or ‘kooky.’  So instead, let us call Bathymetry’s sound inventive, idiosyncratic, and imaginative – in fact, we rather like their own description on facebook ‘ We sound like night-time when it’s raining and you’ve forgotten a hat.’

Today’s featured track ‘Goblin Fruit’ is a sparse, dreamlike, and deceptively haunting tune, not unlike the soundtrack to some rather malign fairy-tale.  It’s a balefully seductive song that flutters around your ears like a sinister yet flirtatious whisper, gently drawing you into their strange off kilter world.  The video below also proves the trio are certainly getting their ‘five-a-day’.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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