A polished, and warm invitation to the underappreciated world of psychedelic-folk, Brisbane six-piece, Strange Seed, effortlessly combine a range of distinct and eclectic styles on their debut EP, Seasons, which was released last week. Comprising members of emerging local bands Georgie Neilsen & The Growing Painsand Harmon, these talented musicians channel their combined experiences and musical styles into their own niche sound.
Seasons has its roots planted firmly in the folk genre, but has the confidence and curiosity to combine this with colourful psychedelic and pop influences. The opening track Bird In Flight is a wonderful welcome,presenting the listener with a diverse mix of influences from the Dylan-esque guitar in the intro, to the jazzy feel in the percussion and keyboard. Bird in Flight is also the first taste of the gorgeous vocal harmonies between singers Alex and Georgia that are showcased throughout the EP.
The following tracks Seasons and Mushroom Melody offer a more progressive flavour, each running just over five minutes and featuring lush, expansive instrumental breaks. Title track Seasons boasts a sound akin to the likes of Pink Floyd, enhanced by the powerhouse vocals of Georgia Neilsen. Mushroom Melody is an uplifting odyssey; the introduction featuring the six-piece in perfect sync, capturing a rich sound backed up by some gorgeously peaceful flute that would not feel out of place in the Legend of Zelda.
With Seasons, Strange Seed have masterfully translated their expansive live sound into an irresistible three-track EP.
Strange Seed’s debut EP Seasons is out now, with a launch show happening at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane on 29 March. All event info available HERE.
SEASONS – STRANGE SEED