EDEN MULHOLLAND – Jesus Don’t You Get My Jokes EP
This little collection from Motocade frontman Eden Mulholland is an exercise in sparseness and the love of precision in choosing the right arrangements.
Mulholland’s versatile voice is a lifeline through an understated, intimate wilderness as bare and eerie as Scandinavian winter. There are similarities to Motocade in the cloppy, percussive riffs, pads and samples, but there’s more space and it’s rawer and more challenging – and all the better for it.
Body Fight Time – sung in a fragile falsetto – is reminiscent of Losing Myself, the collaboration between Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold and Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear, its peeled-open self-exploration almost uncomfortable to hear. Although the mid-section of the song feels like a misstep — the move into electric guitar territory from the bareness of acoustic and voice is an unexpected banality — this song remains a standout.
Closer Shipwrecker is a return to conventional songwriting, but it’s lifted from dullness by that falsetto again. In its cold ocean-themed grandeur, it feels like every instrument is playing to one another from corners of a great hall. Neo-masculinity, they call it — here’s hoping the trend sticks.
SAM GEORGE-ALLEN is a Brisbane writer, postgrad student and musician who can be found being disappointing @samga