Adelaide psych-rock trio Sons Of Zöku – Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela and Jordan Buck – have been making a name for themselves, and their free-flowing, energetic and colourful explorations of psych, in their native Australia.
Previous single ‘Dead Poets’ – a 2019 standout and absolute a force of nature – is pretty typical of their wares and they kicked off 2020 in similarly sensational form with double a-side ‘Luz / Paralysed’. The former is a hypnotic haze of colourful kaleidoscopic sounds, propelled by a swirling groove and propulsive rhythm and adorned with dazzling guitars, sitar lush effects as dreamy, hushed vocals glide above, dripping with melody, it is utterly consuming and transfixing. It’s companion ‘Paralysed’ meanwhile, is less melodic and dreamy and more frantic, propulsive and energetic. Guitars twang and sitars sing again but they play second fiddle to the more feverish vocals that breathlessly aim to keep pace with the winding rhythmic grooves as it teems through a sea of feedback, distortion and riffs. Sons Of Zöku have once again struck a balance between thunderous noise and subtle sweetness, and in doing so delivered yet another masterclass in psych-rock.
Tune in to ‘Luz / Paralysed’ below: