In the bustling streets of Melbourne, shoegaze artists Penny Walker-Keefe and Lewis O’Brien have birthed “Human Intrusion,” a musical project – and self-titled EP – that nestles comfortably at the intersection of luminosity and obscurity, of contemporary verve and nostalgic echoes.
The duo’s musical lineage stretches back through the annals of time, with stints in various bands, each a testament to their evolving tastes and talents. Now, they stand on the precipice of charting their own course with an ode to their cherished records of the 80’s and 90’s. One cannot help but detect the undeniable essence of Slowdive, Ride, and The Veldt in their sound.
Human Intrusion crafts narratives that are undeniably vivid, painting soundscapes with brushstrokes steeped in alternative-rock, early goth, and post-punk hues. The grungy texture of their vocals creates a compelling contrast, a dance of shadow and light, with the often effervescent backdrop of their production. At times, the album inclines its ear to a resonant ambience, its whirs and whispers lending it an ethereal touch. The final composition? A musical expedition that traverses the contours of melodic punk, charting a course through its rhythmic highs and lows.
Their fresh self-titled EP acts as an intimate reflection of their current musings. “Into the Sky” finds them weaving into the enveloping embrace of shoegaze with its lush and layered guitars. Their vocals meld seamlessly with the instrumentation, resembling ethereal whispers amidst cascading sound waves. As the chords build, they generate a dreamlike haze, transporting listeners to celestial heights. On the other hand, “Statues” dives deep into the moody and introspective corridors of brooding and melancholic 80s post-punk and 4AD Shoegaze, treading a path less illuminated but profoundly resonant. Meanwhile, “Unavailable” bursts forth with a vibrancy, a vivid tapestry that draws from the very core of new-wave, paying homage to the synths and rhythms that defined a generation.
Listen to the EP below:
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