Babyccino is an alt-rock band from Melbourne, Australia that say they tells stories of murders, relationships and everyday encounters. They already piqued my interest with that statement. The band released Stomach Bug which is a six-song EP.
They start with “Thorny Rose” which revolves around jangly chords, an organic drum beat and bass. The star of the show is vocals performed by frontwoman Alannah Sawyer. She has the perfect amount of menace, aggression and spark. Loved it.
They follow that up with “12345” which has some additional horns. It adds some melancholy to the song and blends perfectly with other instrumentation. The song is catchy but dark and moody. This song is also dynamic. The drums get more intense and while I wouldn't call it celebratory it sounds big.
They continue to kill it with “Morse.” This is more of a slow burn and the '90s band Mazzy Star. Sawyer shows her vocal range here. She sounds good in a low and high register. “Memento Mori” is the certified centerpiece. The sprawling eight-plus-minute song starts with strummed guitar and vocals. There’s some ambience in the background which sounds like rain. The song goes into a chaotic whirlwind of sound. It’s vertigo inducing but I say that as a compliment. The chaos thickens into a field of white noise before winding down into a sad lonely horn. They aren’t done yet, however, as angelic and ghostly vocals enter to create the most haunting moment on the album. The song could have ended there but guitar, vocals and atmosphere enter once more before ending.
The band has more success with “Picture This” which is a mix between spaghetti western and rock. There are moments which completely soar on this song. They close with “Camouflage” and actually this was the most upbeat song in the batch. I loved the chorus.
I’m a big fan of Big Thief and this band has a similar flavor. Suffice it to say I’m all in. I think just a little bump in fidelity on their next release might be a good thing but besides that this is an exceptional release. Highly recommended.
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