It’s been a couple of years since Perth favourites NEW TALK have delivered new music, but the drought is over, with the post-punk quartet revealing their moody and intriguing six-minute journey, Amytis. The single arrives alongside the news of the band’s highly anticipated sophomore record, Time & Memory, slated for release on Friday 12th February 2021.
The powerful, flowing rhythm of the track aims to parallel the experiences of both First Nations peoples of Australia and also the constant struggle of migrants and the mutual mistreatment of them by this country. Mixing electronic influences, found sound elements & an anthemic catch-cry, the tune longs for a day where the rightful custodians of the Land & those multicultural people who visit its shores can be in peace. Amytis was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Perth, produced and mixed by Dave Parkin. Vocalist Kiera Owen answers some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build up to your new single Amytis been?
It’s certainly been a build! As with many artists, covid kind of shook things up in terms of release plans and uncertainty of a future in music. We grappled with this at first, but being in Perth and starting to gig again has been incredibly lucky – healing for bands and punters alike. We’re feeling back on track and like we’re finally ready to put this out into the world, the track offering some sort of catharsis in that sense.
Can you tell us a little bit about the track’s recording process?
Amytis was quite a significant track for us to record as it was a step into the unknown for us. We came into the studio with a want to try out using sample triggers, effects pedals (something we’ve never really explored) and to just come up with these elements through improv. This was heaps of fun and allowed us to explore what we were capable of creating on the spot using unknown tools. This kind of set the tone for how we would approach much of the album too.
Sonically, how would you describe the music of NEW TALK?
A carefully arranged plethora of enthralling vocals, pulsating rhythms, razor edge guitar and unforgivable, driving basslines. All wrapped up in a spicy, emotional burrito.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
For the longest time it’s been the likes of Nick Cave, Pj Harvey and Australian rock icons like Midnight Oil – but it’s ever changing. It’s artists that provoke thought in subject and musical arrangement, that play with discomfort, express themselves deeply and are continuously evolving .
Tell us a fun fact about each member of the band?
Me (Kiera) – I swear to god lotus flower phobia is real and I have it.
Jamie – refuses to play any and all type of game, except snooker / is good at snooker.
Axel – labels every book he buys with name and date (including the ones he gifts you).
Sara – incredibly good at bass, also incredibly good at spilling her drink.
What’s on your playlists currently? Has any of the music you’ve been listening to trickled in to your new tunes?
My go to’s will forever be anything by Portishead, Fiona Apple, Angel Olsen, Nina Simone and any sound selection released by our local station RTRFM. Perhaps the intensity and delivery of some of these artists is something that has trickled through in this album. This being said, I’d be remiss not to add that 2020 for me has been all about BADBADNOTGOOD – pure relief.
Interview By Rob Lyon