Chakra Efendi is a rare and unique talent: a product of the talent factory that is Queensland and with a low-fi resonance that is haunting and melancholic. Efendi (uses they/them/their pronouns) has released a double ‘A’ single. ‘Body in the Water’ comes the closest to carrying the flag of the legendary The Triffids that I’ve heard – a rambling rumbling menacing song laced with aching strings and heartache.
Contrastingly, ‘Morphine’ is more lounge room lizard smooth and insistent with lush instrumentation and a glorious chorus. Magnificent.
Efendi grew up travelling between their father’s home village in Indonesia and their home in Australia, and taking inspiration from both their ex-radio DJ mum’s love for post punk and their dad’s EDM/hip hop obsession. This eclectic mix of influences must surely provide the foundation for Efendi’s beautifully crafted songs.
You can download/stream ‘Morphine and ‘Body by the Water’ through all the usual outlets.
Efendi is playing live with their band down the east coast of Australia in late October/November – details here.