CMU Approved

Approved: Dark Bells – Wildflower

By | Published on Thursday 21 March 2013

Dark Bells

You don’t have to stare all that hard at Sydney band Dark Bells’ kaleidoscopic new ‘Wildflower’ vid to realise that they are, in fact, quite into the ‘psych aesthetic’.

Effects-hazed camera pinwheels, stroppy coifs, a cubist blouse, all the signs are present. But still… my mean clichés be damned, because the track itself is great – a MBV-sy mirage given gloss and shine by its glistening innards; the pulled-taffy syllables, the winding, binding guitar chains, even that weird, zen-like interval at 2:20.

Dark Bells play live (at London’s Roundhouse on 22 Mar) as part of Eat Your Own Ears ‘Handpicked’ night – as features East India Youth, NZCA/Lines, Teleman, Paradise and Double Denim DJs. Reasonably-priced £5 tickets are available here.