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New Music: Snakadaktal

Emily Webb


Snakadaktal may sound like a strange hybrid of prehistoric creature and new brand of low-fat cracker, but they are in fact a new band offering an absorbing blend of low-fi pop and dreamy indie, channeled through the instruments, vocals and synthesizers of five teenagers from Melbourne, Australia.

Their sound puts you in mind of a wholesome, fresh-faced incarnation of The XX – all aching melodies, male-female vocal unison and wistful synthed-up guitar riffs. A classical music background and beguiling lyrics make this intelligent, thought-provoking pop. Think of a floating, ethereal combination of Metronomy, Daughter, Phoenix and Florence and the Machine.

As Triple J Unearthed High 2011 winners, they are already revolving in a sphere of T-Rex proportions in their native Oz. They released their first EP, Snakadaktal, over there in 2011 on I Oh You records, and toured with The Jezebels to sell-out venues across Australia. They’re coming quietly but assertively to the UK with their first AA side single, also eponymously titled, which was recently released by Young & Lost Club on 7” vinyl on 28th January.

The band’s music has already been remixed by Chad Valley, and they look set to get plenty of UK radio plays for the catchy riffs of ‘Dance Bear’ and the haunting huskiness of ‘Air’. Further to this, their breakthrough Australian single, ‘Chimera’, has now had over 350,000 YouTube views. This charming video has an otherworldly, contemporary Peter Pan-like quality that sums this up band pretty well – they are lively young things living the dream, creating sumptuous pop and existing in a never-never-land of possibility. Give these guys a listen and you might just find yourself being whisked along with them.

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