Brighton-based psychedelic rock trio The Qwarks have teamed up with the legendary bassist and tuba player Herbie Flowers, known for his work with T. Rex, Elton John, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney, to create their latest EP titled ‘The Tuba EP: Herbielife.’ This experimental collaboration takes listeners on a mind-bending journey through dissonant chords, delayed vocals, and eclectic melodies, resulting in a truly avant-garde musical experience.
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The EP opens with the enigmatic track “Deckchairs,” which immediately immerses you in a world of avant-garde madness. The dissonant chords, accompanied by nicely toned guitars, create a hypnotic atmosphere that perfectly captures the “tales of horror from Brighton Beach”. The Qwarks showcase their musical prowess through this complex and intriguing composition. “Biscuit man” follows, and it’s a song that will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Herbie Flowers’ tuba plays a prominent role, with a unique bass line that forms the backbone of the song. The organ melody adds to the eclectic nature of the track, revolving around a Biscuitman. The Qwarks’ ability to craft catchy yet unconventional melodies is on full display here.
The EP takes a turn with “Sun,” where the tuba takes the lead once again, accompanied by snappy drumming and spoken word samples. This track is “an emotive piece about the sun”, utilizing experimental elements to create a sense of depth and musical insanity. The combination of spoken word and musical elements adds an ethereal quality to the track, making it a standout moment on the EP.
The collaboration between The Qwarks and Herbie Flowers shows immense artistic vision. By building entire songs around Herbie’s tuba lines, they have created a truly unique sonic experience. The EP pushes boundaries, drawing inspiration from avant-garde artists like Trout Mask Replica and Weather Report. It challenges listeners both cerebrally and musically, offering a refreshing departure from the norm.
From the kernel of Herbie’s tuba parts were blended with odd time signatures, creating arrangements around them. With each track, they venture into uncharted territories, embracing the unexpected and weaving together a tapestry of sounds that demands attention. This EP is a must-listen for those who crave innovative and boundary-pushing music.
The Qwarks and Herbie Flowers have delivered a breath of fresh plasma liquid with ‘The Tuba EP: Herbielife.’ It’s an EP that defies categorization, blending elements of psychedelic, experimental, and rock music seamlessly. Prepare to be captivated by the avant-garde madness that unfolds across these three insane tracks.
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