Low Grade Buzz

Low Grade Buzz

Melbourne trio Huntly’s debut album is a total embrace of vulnerability. Combining unabashed, direct pop songwriting with dance music, they create—in their own words—“doof you can cry to”. Created during a period of emotional turmoil, Low Grade Buzz explores the ins and outs of personal connections, ranging from total devotion (“I’ll kiss the ground that birthed you,” sings Elspeth Scrine on album opener “SMU”) to complete detachment (“Vitamin”). The songs are unrestrained collages of elemental R&B, slinky, metallic synths and drum 'n' bass, with the band oftentimes contorting typical song structure to create something far more immersive and expansive. This is best felt on “Giving Circle”, which opens with a swelling, sombre choir, only to transform midway through into a triumphant moment of propulsive, electronic pop.

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