Brisbane duo Primitive Motion drop their third full-length for the Bedroom Suck label, this time leaving the studio door ajar to let sound flow between worlds internal and beyond. The result is a meditative suite of dreamy piano-based songs, captured live at the point of conception and teeming with the incidental sounds of both the studio and garden.
Following the extended cosmic forays and short-form pop studies of 2015’s acclaimed Pulsating Time Fibre, the duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig have steered the ship to an interior sea, exploring the quiet reverie of Sunday afternoons spent in Selig’s home studio in Brisbane. With the ‘record’ button pressed, the days drift through the microphone, documenting the process of composition: the rustle of lyric sheets and unintended room sounds is accompanied by birdsong and an approaching storm. The studio space itself becomes a palpable presence as Selig moves between rooms while playing her saxophone, the improvised melodies floating out of the studio, lilting and melancholic, a familiar whisper dreamt into existence. In the process of reducing their sound world to the barest of instrumentation (at times just voice and piano), PM revels in the beauty of the unadorned song, creating the purest distillation of their ‘dream-float’ music to date.
House in the Wave is a beautiful and intimate work by a band constantly evolving their sound. “The Brisbane duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig occupy an alternative pop continuum in common with archaic futurists like Silver Apples and Joe Meek circa I Hear a New World, sonic explorers whose music is founded on the hope that the sound of tomorrow is what the fantasy of yesterday would make of it.” – David Keenan, The Wire
A2:Know the World
A4:Feed the Signals
B2:Black Shapes of Mountains
Bedroom Suck BSR074