THE GREEN CHILD - "SHIMMERING BASSET" LP

THE GREEN CHILD - "SHIMMERING BASSET" LP

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The Green Child and their undeniable charms are once again asking you to lend your ears and have a real nice time together. Despite a breadth of textures and tones throughout, M. Young’s restraint does wonders for the compositional interplay as Raven’s voice sits so comfortably with each moment and idea that it’s honestly hard to resist. There’s a retro feeling that is rather uncanny and hard to pin down, but I am left with a distinct impression that these tunes would be right at home in a Black Mirror episode set in the 1980’s; demure tenderness, personal darkness, social flamboyance, burgeoning technological waves and all the rest of it. This latest collation of melody is overall more simple and effective than their debut, the only thing which seems more complex is their understanding of how to glide into your head and stay there.
 
UPSET THE RHYTHM:
THE GREEN CHILD is the once long-distance, now based in the same house recording project of Raven Mahon (furniture maker and former member of Grass Widow) and Mikey Young (recording engineer and band member of Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring). The duo draw their spectral pop sound from an illusory past as much as they stalk into pastures new. Broadly retro-futuristic in scope, verdant acres of lushly evocative synthesizers and vintage drum machines underpin most of The Green Child’s upbeat yet decidedly uncanny songs. Raven's calmly scenic and measured vocal flits like a will-o'-the-wisp throughout the tracks, proffering a guiding hand as she walks us through the often eerie electronic concoctions. With the advent of Raven moving from California to live with Mikey in Australia, The Green Child was reborn in the basement studio of their beachy, house on stilts in the seaside town of Rye, just an hour south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. This change of circumstances for the duo resulted in the band’s new album ’Shimmering Basset’ sounding more assured and auspicious than their self-titled debut of 2018.

With ideas permitted the time to grow and develop close at hand, the group were able to realise the whole record as a body of work, tying together themes, meeting challenges. Raven explains further, “it feels more cohesive because over the year or so in which we wrote these songs I started to feel a desire to take the lyric writing part more seriously… my head is rooted in this new place now and that’s settled into the songwriting.” The songs collected on ‘Shimmering Basset’ are concerned with life after relocation and deal with distance and staying connected. ‘Shimmering Basset’ also concerns itself with the subjects of transport, escape, the centering of home, humanity in the performative news arena and the idea of time being a beast, animate and hungry.
 

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