Mildlife

Fusion Psychedelic
© Tom Ross
© Tom Ross

Their 2018 debut album Phase was described by the distinguished British newspaper The Guardianas “virtuoso space-jazz magic”. The pull of the Melbourne quartet is, indeed, difficult to resist when they unleash their sometimes smooth, sometimes psychedelic disco-funk-jazz grooves in the spirit of Herbie Hancock or Can – deeply rooted in the progressive sounds of the Seventies, sprinkled with a portion of electrifiedkrautrock, and flanked by funky house and dream-pop rhythms.

In a classic band line-up, Adam Halliwell on guitar, Kevin McDowell on synthesizers, James Donald on drums and Tomas Shanahan on bass conjure up a retro-cosmos rich in references, one that, with pieces lasting eight or nine minutes, allows plenty of leeway for wild improvisations. Mildlife bill themselves as a “cosmic funk house band for a party at the edge of the universe” – an idea reinforced in the live show by projections that duplicate the musicians.

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Mildlife