‘I Went Whaling In My Gap Year’ is the first single from forthcoming EP ‘The Circus’, due spring 2019.
There’s an uneasy atmospheric groove that dominates the intro to Sister Wanzala‘s new single, taken from their upcoming EP due this spring on London imprint Hairy Recordings. The trio’s sound, self described as “Cold Funk”, kind of hits the nail on the head.
Backed by a slow burning groove, I Went Whaling In My Gap Year displays the same haunting lyrical contempt as Gareth Liddiard’s work with now sadly defunct Australian cult heroes The Drones. The band poke fun (and truth) at those that head out to “find themselves” whilst documenting their unethical travels on social media platforms, as well the drastic environmental impact of overfishing!!
The Bradford-via-London trio’s sonic influences are spread as widely as they are thickly. Counterbalancing their off-kilter groove, a minimal, and very much lo-fi jangly-pop influence penetrates the track, broken and emotionally strained. To end proceedings, which is quite an understated return to excellent business for Sister Wanzala, we are treated to a somewhat Interpol-esque surging breakdown which turns the track beautifully on it’s head. What’s next to come, I suppose we’ll have to wait until spring.
By Karl Johnson