Words: James Frostick
Band image: Capital Waste Pictures
Just over a month ago, Adelaide/Tarndanya trio Introduction released their debut self-titled EP – a collection of six beautifully minimal synth-pop -meets-post-punk gems. Today we’re thrilled to be premiering the visuals for standout track ‘Introduction’, a suitably mellow and hypnotic statement of intent that perfectly encapsulates the band’s understated power.
The members of Introduction are probably sick of introducing themselves. Even though their band name, debut EP (out now through Tenth Court) and said EP’s lead track are all named Introduction, this no doubt pales in comparison to the amount of times they’ve felt they’ve introduced themselves to elements of the Australian music scene. The trio of Harriet Fraser-Barbour (Workhorse, Millenium Cowboy), Elena Nees (Rex Wonderful & The Silk Sheets) and Lauren Abineri (Waterbear) have been performing long enough to have experienced a plethora of reactions from the male-dominated music scene – from outright dismissal to tokenistic inclusivity. By dubbing themselves Introduction, they play with the notion that no matter their musical skill, they still feel like they are perpetually debuting, or rather, having to try and justify their place again and again.
On ‘Introduction’ (the track), the trio wield their sublime dream pop – gliding synth melodies, mellow bass strum and sonorous harmonies – to shine a spotlight on the failings of the scene as it stands. We’re talking about the venues, bookers, audiences and fellow bands that are quick to deem themselves as inclusive, but fall short when it comes to walking the walk. Although the vocal delivery is mediative to the point of being serene, the members of Introduction weave traces of their long-running fatigue into the mix – the exasperation that has fermented into near listless defeat (“My hands are tied / I’ve tried and tried“). The group offer a plea to the gatekeepers maintaining the antiquated status-quo (“Think of your daughter / like running water / love and adore her“) to put themselves in Introduction’s position, or in the shoes of the womxn in their lives that are encountering the same barriers and disingenuous promises. Make inclusivity more than a token gesture – make it crucial, make it real.
Have a look at the clip for ‘Introduction’ – filmed by Peter Pitt – below: