Melbourne-based Bollard’s new single, ‘Ziggurat’ is a psychedelic spoken-word à la The Gift by the Velvet Underground– but about 37 percent more aggressive.
Lead singer Tom Walsh spits cooly over beats reminiscent of cheeky mid-nineties brit pop anthems. Accented with a heavy dose of reverb, this psychedelic meditation on the eerie awareness of societal autopilot is exactly what an almost-post-corona world needs. The accompanying video by Gus George replicates a surreal new wave film that is both aesthetically pleasing and nonsensical, which is exactly what a music video is supposed to be.
“Accented with a heavy dose of reverb, this psychedelic meditation on the eerie awareness of societal autopilot is exactly what an almost-post-corona world needs.”
It is the logical next step of Bollard’s increasingly experimental brand of post-punk. Their previous release, ‘Beware The Atto Fox’ is an eclectic EP that blends dreamy Primal Scream-esque production and elements of dream pop, without losing the riffs. ‘Ziggurat’ signals a full transition into art rock territory. The band have matured immensely in sound since their first release, Yourself/Opening Scene in 2017 and ‘Ziggurat’ is an intriguing teaser of what is to follow.
On the whole, ‘Ziggurate’ is an incredibly vibey track one should listen to on a leisurely stroll whilst absorbing in the strange lack of tourists in the nearest capital city and perhaps, taking in a new perspective as well.
“It is the logical next step of Bollard’s increasingly experimental brand of post-punk.”
Buy the new single here: https://bollardband.bandcamp.com/track/ziggurat