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EP: Bubblewrap Collective Presents Perfect Body & Zac White

Words – Richard Samuel

When it comes to psychedelic/shoegaze indie, Wales punches above its weight with its most famous export the Super Fury Animals still flying the flag well across the globe. Cardiff-based Bubblewrap Collective are keeping up that fine tradition. The label, who were behind 2017’s successful split EP with Boy Azooga and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, have just dropped their latest split EP release from psych-upcomers Perfect Body & Zac White.

Kicking off the two-track release, Cardiff’s Perfect Body. Formed in early 2017 and inspired by the sonic experimentation of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Perfect Body are one of the highly-tipped in the Welsh capital. Having secured a place on the Green Man Rising stage earlier this year, in just over a year the five-piece have secured huge support from music outlets including Drowned in Sound, BBC Introducing alongside the PRS Foundation backed artist development scheme – Forté Project.

Upon pressing play, Perfect Bodies present us with the delicious pysch-pop track ‘Fields’, the music equivalent of sinking a pint of your favourite ice-cold beer. The distinctively polished production gives a garage-pysch feel to the reverb smothered hooks, the woozy glacial synthesisers that really drench in character from the otherworldly three-way vocals haunt the track. There is a certain haze and shimmer that shrouds the track, in turn making you envisage the band huddled together to record in their bedroom. Perfect Body retain pop sensibilities making it a wholly accessible listen, taking you on a trip that knows where it’s going but via the lovely scenic route to get its destination. Whether you want an easy or complex listen, this track has it both.

Zac White perfect body

Next up, 19-year-old Zac White. Honing his own sound based on influences such as Wilco, Loose Fur, Sonic Youth and Broadcast, Zak’s 90s/00s off-kilter indie sound has grown from minimal arrangements with drummer Ethan Hurst into a rollicking, reverb-drenched, garage-psych experience; or so we’re informed by the accompanying press release.

Zac’s new single ‘Spent On You’ featured on this split EP differs from that of which Perfect Bodies offer. Whilst it’s more accessible for a casual listener, once again the musician retains his soon-to-be trademark pop sensibilities with a contemplative sun-kissed melody, bounding baselines, and glistening riffs tiptoeing into a heart on the sleeve sing-along. Its hazy-pop perfect for those clear sunset evenings that the autumn brings.

The record – pressed to limited edition purple and orange vinyl – will be released on November 23rd, which you can Pre-order here.

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LIVE: King Tuff @ Night People – 13.08.18

WORDS BY HANNAH TINKER         IMAGES BY JESSICA GWYNETH

Having been continuously touring since 2012, Kyle Thomas AKA King Tuff finally made it to Manchester, for an evening at Night People. Taking to the stage clad in a striped suit, complete with a Bolo tie and Ushanka hat (adorned with a variety of pins) it was clear we were in for a treat.

Ahead of the main event hit the stage, support came in the form of LA native and self-proclaimed ‘synth Queen’ Sasami Ashworth and Manchester based garage rock trio Hey Bulldog. Both beckoned a crowd in a different manner – Hey Bulldog present a compelling opening act with their intense blues/rock set that sliced through the air with the vigour of a band made for a larger stage. Contrast that with the easy-going yet blissfully appealing Sasami. Setting out with her long-anticipated solo album after a heavy couple of years amongst Cherry Glazerr‘s lineup, the red jumpsuit laden songstress swallowed the audience whole.

What quickly followed was a force to be reckoned with. King Tuff, having just put out an album in April pleased an eager audience that flocked to the front of the stage for the live set. Sasami Ashworth returned to the keyboard for the headline act – completing a welcome 3/5 female lineup for a male-fronted band. Proving their worth and cementing their clear closeness from a 2-month strong set of touring dates, they were nothing short of astounding, expertly playing an array of King Tuff tracks both old and new.

If we were to put it in Thomas’ terms, King Tuff put on a frickin’ wonderful show. There seemed to be a waft of exhaustion across the players all night, and happiness that they can return home soon, but the most potent feeling was overwhelming camaraderie between everyone in the venue. We were all united by the music, and for those few hours, we didn’t want the experience to be fleeting.

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