Premiere: Arvo – Bikini (Extended Mix by Shelter)

After last year’s much lauded reissue of Lena d’Água’s Jardim Zoológico, Antipodean label Strangelove Music move closer to home to bring us two cuts from Australian synth-pop
duo ARVO’s 1984 album Luna: ‘Bikini’ and ‘So Deep’.

After extensive time touring and writing with separate projects in Europe, Deborah Gary and Roy Nicolson came together back home in Sydney ready to claim a space for the dreamy textures of synth pop in Australia’s rock-dominated musical landscape. While the album initially fell under the radar, this timely reissue brings these two tracks firmly into the now with reworks from Australia’s own Hysteric and Paris-based producer Shelter.

Shelter extends the sleazy balearic chug of Bikini to a more DJ-friendly five minutes 33, making more of the eerily melancholic pads that briefly break up the bassline-driven boogie and irreverently cheesy glockenspiel noodling of the verses. Added to this the drawling, euphemistic spoken word of the verses makes this a steamy jam for these long hot summer nights.

Bikini / So Deep is out 31st July – buy from Bandcamp.

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