Huntly have built an underground reputation as one of Australia’s most evocative and dynamic live electronic acts. Today, they announce their debut album Low Grade Buzz. Stereogum have premiered the album’s gorgeous, melodic and slow-burning title track. They wrote, “Huntly are a Melbourne trio making indie-pop in both senses of the phrase. By which I mean: “Low Grade Buzz,” the title track from their upcoming debut album, exists in continuum with the many artists who’ve spent the past decade putting an artful spin on mainstream pop, but it’s also operating on a twee wavelength that wouldn’t be totally out of place on K Records. Consider it the midpoint between Wet and the Blow.” Listen to “Low Grade Buzz” HERE.
“Low Grade Buzz” is an ethereal ballad that communicates life’s bittersweet ache, a blissful comedown the day after a euphoric night. As singer and songwriter Elspeth explains, “It was written while I lay in Tempelhof airfield in Berlin after a night out, accompanied by a dinky Yamaha keyboard I bought from an op shop and carried around Europe with me. It’s about fullness and emptiness and being a bit strung out after staying up all night”
Whilst Elspeth sings of solace and sorrow, co-producers and band members Charlie and Andy replicate this melancholy and nostalgia through a soundscape which is both ambient and modulated – encapsulating that “low grade buzz” feeling.
“Low Grade Buzz” is the third released single from Huntly’s upcoming album. It is also the album’s closing track – as Andy explains, “This song fades into the sounds of the studio where we made most of this album at the end – sounds that to me are the ‘low grade buzz’ of the world we live in – a lawn mower, birds, the train passing, the wind chime… trying to place the listener gently back into the world at the end of the album.”
After years of honing their craft and exploring ways of bringing together their wide range of influences, it is clear that Huntly have arrived with a carefully constructed and deeply personal debut album – to be released March 15, 2019 via Barely Dressed Records. Working between the margins of pop, R&B, techno and drum & bass, the album crafts narratives that shift suddenly in perspective and sound whilst still full of satisfying hooks and thumping codas.Low Grade Buzz (the album) is available for pre-order now – both digitally and on limited edition blue vinyl.