EP review: Clawmachine | Good Harvest

While their name may invoke images of some industrial-metal channeling behemoth, Gold Coast’s Clawmachine in truth reside at a much brighter and breezier end of the musical spectrum.

Their impressive sophomore EP release, ‘Good Harvest’, follows on from their self-titled debut, which came out in 2016. Largely driven by the technicolour vision of band focal point and producer Dylan Lindquist, Clawmachine expertly blend a tasty stew of evocative indie-pop infused with atmospheric electro flourishes, fleshed out with a triumvirate of guest female vocalists.

Opening number, ‘Marbles’ is an instrumental scene-setter that ebbs and flows between soft washes of tinkling keyboards and dreamily uplifting electro-atmospherics.

‘Notion’, which features the expressively bewitching vocals of Whitney Veitch, is a supremely catchy, head nodding electro-pop number driven by a memorable bass line and pulsing keyboards.

Meanwhile, ‘Wumpa Island’ and ‘Huh’, featuring the sweet vocals of ATIYA and TOBI respectively, invoke gentle swaying and striped sunlight smiles with their chilled, driftingly dreamy vibes.

And Veitch turns up on vocals again on the EP’s final track, ‘Psyche’, which takes the EP out on a sassily jaunty, electro-pop trip, with a snaky guitar line surfacing late to bring the EP to a memorable conclusion.

You can acquire this tasty offering for yourself at clawmachinemusic.bandcamp.com.

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