Although at times its sounds like Australia’s Party Dozen features a large backing of musicians, at its core the project is a duo. The Melbourne-based project is built upon the improvisations of saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet. Earlier this year, the pair released their debut through creative arts platform Grupo, a Sydney-based platform co-founded by Boulet. The Living Man is a collection of songs the two had recorded during the project’s infancy.
If there was a proper time to utilize the phrase “avant-garde banger,” then I wholly believe “Food Play” is the one. Throughout the track a scampering drone persistently hammers in your ears, laying down the premise for the wordless avalanche. With imposing saxophone(s) and jazzy grooves, it feels an alchemic concoction based on elements of Battles and Wolf Eyes or Zach Hill dueling Colin Stetson. An unrestrained cacophony that’s certainly abrasive, but it’s quaking discombobulations make for an awesome sound.
Cereal Pairing: Cocoa Puffs