Australia’s reputation for serving up musical delights in the realms of jazz and neo soul is no secret but, more recently, a wealth of homegrown talent have been exploring cerebral Balearic and electronica; a trend that long-standing Naarm (Melbourne) party Wax’o Paradiso have cottoned on to, leading them to launch their new eponymous label.
In a similar fashion to their Aussie contemporaries like Moonshoe Records, River Yarra and Whitvoir, Wax’o Paradiso’s output is dedicated to landscape-driven, organic sounds dreamed up by local artists. Kicking off proceedings are duo OK EG, who follow releases on fellow Melbourne imprints Steeplejack and Animalia, with their Intertidal Zone EP.
In contrast to their previous offerings, these four tracks display a more soothing, contemplative side of their output. Stimulating a connection with nature, the collection of music marries processed guitar licks, field recordings and layered voices with warm rhythm and percussion, recorded in collaboration with percussionist and producer Phil Stroud.
Intertidal Zone is out on 22nd July via Wax’o Paradiso.