Go Genre Everything’s GELF reviewed at Cyclic Defrost

Melbourne-based electronic / acoustic duo Go Genre Everything (aka Jen Tait and Zach Von Bamburger) have previously appeared on the ‘New Weird Australia Vol.1′ compilation, and this CDR EP release on Monstera Deliciosa ‘GELF’ collects together three tracks taken from a single improvised live performance at The Cesspool in Newcastle during October 2008. Given the proximity of the date, I’m inclined to think that the TINA festival was also involved here. From the very outset, it’s certainly very difficult to pigeonhole what’s going on here, in terms of style. Spanning twenty minutes in length, the first untitled track opens amidst a vaguely psychedelic wash of what sounds like delayed-out flutes and recorder, before wandering off into menacing (and at points piercing) horror movie keys. Thankfully, things soon enter more calm waters with even the noise of squeaky toys being briefly deployed at one point, though it’s something of a false rise to the surface before things get dragged back down into menacing droning ambience, the sickly sound of slowed down orchestral tones and swelling feedback sliding against the occasional stray chime, to sinister effect.

In contrast to the childlike, playful aesthetic in evidence on the first track, the second 15 minute long track here sees things headed straight down into gritty darkness, as skittering, electronically treated rhythmic textures slowly unfurl around dark, buzzing synth drones, howling distant guitar feedback and bleeping background electronics, but in this case it’s the emergence of deliberately naively played xylophones and straining recorders towards the second half that rescues things from complete bleakness. Finally, the final track here offers something of a brief outro coda at just under three minutes in length, with its recorder duet coming across as part campfire song, part lullaby, as well as being what’s easily this EP’s most immediately accessible and ‘coherent’ moment. There’s certainly traces of the Lucky Dragons’ improvisational performance approach to be found here, but with the three live tracks here Go Genre Everything succeed in existing in a zone of their own No Wave meets drone / psyche /noise making.

Chris Downton

Read the review at Cyclic Defrost.
GELF is available to buy here.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex is a fun new group exhibition of dinosaur themed artworks curated by Grant Hunter. There will be a wide variety of crazy art on display, including works in illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, sound, and video. The artists involved with the show include a number of super musical celebrities, such as Eli Partridge from Heil Spirits, Kell Derrig-Hall from Moonmilk, Jen Tait from Go Genre Everything, Mike Foxall From Nancy Vandal, Sam Witek from Radiation Nation, Elizabeth Nagy of Young Lions, Kalindy Williams from Le Paper Dolls, Steph Cola from The Diamond Sea, and quite a bit more.

Opening Night music performances by Simo Soo and Cock Safari.

Opening 6pm Sept 12
ARThive Gallery
Level 1/111 Hunter St Newcastle

Creatures

Opening this week is a new art show at Sydney’s Buckland Street Gallery, featuring creature themed works in a variety of mediums by a number of Artists, including Grant Hunter, Nicholas French, and Marnie Vaughn of Crab Smasher, Jen Tait of Go Genre Everything, and heaps more.

Opens at
6.00pm, April 10 2009

Exhibition runs until Saturday 25th April
1 Buckland Street Alexandria