With 2021 disappearing fast in the rear view mirror, its presence in our memory and impact on our lives seems so ephemeral. And yet for all the misery, there was the permanency of music, bursting forth like shoots of greenery in a sea of ash. Sydney’s Infinity Broke‘s album ‘Your Dream Our Jail’ was one such perfect example – making my list of top fifty albums for the year.
In my review of the album, I said of the track ‘From The Belly of the Whale’ that its rolling drums and reverb-drenched tremeloed guitars cut through the air with the jangle of a spaghetti western soundtrack as Hutchings’s voice roams wildly over the top. The song is a dissonant blast over a sinuous bass, ominous and brooding, utterly chaotic at the end. Jamia Hutchings says of the track:
I mumbled my way through writing this song on the top bunk of a hostel bed. This was in Valparaiso in Chile, way back in 2016. A phantasmagorical city, and an appropriate place to birth it I think. The song is set in the desert; it’s a shadowy rumination on being held hostage by a reoccurring dream. It has a trance inducing CAN-like rhythm; nailed to the floor by Scott and Jonas.
The band has now released a video for the track and it is as bleakly evocative as the track itself. Directed by another luminary of the inner west Marrickville Sound, Mark Moldre, it is a glitchy, light drenched affair with the band performing with an enigmatic and arresting presence. It’s close, almost claustrophobic and intense with its black and white montages and air of horror and mystery:
You can download and stream the single here.
Infinity Broke continues to deliver the most innovative and fascinating material. You can get the album through the link below:
Infinity Broke will be on tour soon too after COVID delays last halted the album launch, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – details here.
‘Your Dream My Jail’. was written and recorded across the globe from South America to the surrounds of a Marrickville studio with Tim Whitten (The Necks, Crow, Underground Lovers, Bluebottle Kiss) at the helm. A vital piece of the Marrickville sound.
‘Your Dream, My Jail’ credits:
Scott Hutchings: Drums, backing vocals, handclaps, left speaker guitar on ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and ‘The Slide’
Reuben Wills: Bass, backing vocals, handclaps, musical saw
Jamie Hutchings: Vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboards, vibraphone
Produced by Jamie Hutchings
Recorded by Simon Berckelman at Golden Retriever April 2020
Mixed by Tim Whitten
Mastered by Douglas Henderson (Swans, The Necks, Antony and the Johnsons) at Micro Moose Berlin
Feature Photograph: Mark Moldre