The Bucolics is an experimental rock band based in New South Wales, Australia. It consists of members Bob Axford on guitar, vocals, bass, organ, synth and piano, Mick Cronly on drums and percussion, Brad Maiden on guitar, lap steel, bass, organ and percussion, and Paul Wright on saxophone. As the band tells it they take a long time recording their records because each member brings something to the table and they sort of work everything out as a group. This sense of working together in a certain harmony definitely shows on their debut record Bolivion which is a blend of poppy indie rock with a good amount of psychedelia involved too.
The opening track on Bolivion is called “Don’t Shoot” and it packs a punch. It sounds a bit like the areas David Bowie was progressing to on his final record Black Star but without all the star-studded polish that Bowie has continued to rake up over the years. Still the song is brilliant in and of itself with astral guitar and vocal parts and lots of psychedelic power coming from the keyboards. Next comes the slightly more phosphorescent tone of “Wildcard” which leans more towards a ballad tempo but still has this sort of fuzzy rock song quality to it.
They take the psychedelic to even higher heights on melodic and catchy “Reservations” which has this great sort of sound electronic haze and coupled with a nice jam-band like groove and overlapping vocals that really set up a mood. I thought it was one of the best rock songs I’ve heard in a while.
“Future Lies With You” is the longest song on the record, and a pretty badass jam I must say, offers up a saxophone solo and some pretty funky electronic elements which together make the song a must listen as they take their time and build toward it. The sax returns again, this time in a slow and sexy jazz club kinda way on the subdued and oh so good tune “Driving Me Sane.”
If you’re one of those people who is into rock but are looking for a band that really takes things the extra mile, a band that experiments with tones and moods then you’d be a fool to pass up a listen to The Bucolics Bolivion.
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