Birthed from the Hackney Wick warehouse scene, London multi-instrumentalists Platypus Complex entwine their rich respective backgrounds, disciplines and influences through unbridled hours of jamming. Consisting of Alice (guitar and vocals), Daisy (percussion, guitar, bass & vocals), Mabel (drums), Nell (violin), and Rachel (bass & percussion), the close-knit group’s on-stage chemistry has been capturing the attention of music fans across the capital and further afield, including that of on-the-pulse South Coast label Strong Island Recordings (who’ve released early outings from Rosie AlenaMaripool, Los Bitchos, Sleep Eaters & many more). 

Sonically coming into view like a tempting mirage in a desert, the diverse collective’s debut single ‘Snake Charmer’ is their first for the label and it’s a mystical, instrumental face-melter. Produced by Go Kurosawa of Japanese psych heavy-weights Kikagaku Moyo, ‘Snake Charmer’ is a heady concoction of Latin American beats, acid-folk strings and psych-rock guitars. The production itself is suitably surreal and disorientating as Kurosawa’s use of effects enhances the hypnotic instrumentation. Sitting somewhere between the sounds of Mdou Moctar, Los Bitchos and Black Country, New Road, Platypus Complex are poised to cast a spell on all that encounter them.

The band say of the single:
We wrote ‘Snake Charmer’ with a single baseline that carries through the entire song. We were at the studio jamming when Daisy started playing three bass notes on a loop – everything else came to me (Alice) through hearing those three notes on repeat.This is how we write most of our music; someone comes up with a melody or a beat, and we build it up together. Sometimes the hardest part can be writing the structure of our songs. We build soundscapes that lead the listener on a journey, like a story with an unexpected ending.”

14.11.21 – The Shacklewell Arms, London
23.11.21 – Rock Against Violence, Oslo, London


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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