It’s hot where I’m at, but the heat is tolerable as long as I’m listening to this song. It’s cool, it’s collected and it feels effortless (one thing heat makes untenable – effort). Empat Lima is a band I’ve had a passing familiarity with for a while, but it’s always been a band I’ve been meaning to listen to more thoroughly when time permits. The release of this new single, ‘Bowie On The Beach’ made it a great time to investigate further – doing so has been a rewarding experience.
The skinny is this: Empat Lima creates a groovy garage-pop experience, drawing upon influences from 60s Western beat and Asian pop and rock. Thai pop stars and ands such as Indonesia’s Dara Puspita, possibly Japan’s Pinky Chicks and The Dynamites, can be used as touchstones for the sound, though it would be a safe bet that there are a few psychedelic influences sprinkled through Empat Lima’s genesis.
‘Bowie On The Beach’ has been plucked from a forthcoming LP, recorded by John Lee and mixed by Mikey Young. It bounces, moves at an easy-but-not-leisurely pace – enough to bop to. The guitar freak-out midway keeps you on your toes, straddling the line between surf and psych. The song has been released alongside a clip, which you should watch full-screen and step outside your own mind for a little while.