There’s a very thin line between being experiemental and purposefully terrible, and there are many bands that tread that line with joyful abandon. Animal Collective might’ve won the record of the year in the HMV ‘poll of the polls’, but they’re still aural marmite, and it’s either heaven or hipster bullshit depending on which side of the fence you’re shouting from. Despite the doom and gloom of the indutry, there’scarcely been a better time to be a musician with wave after wave of bizarre bands developing whilst yet another record company posts annual losses. Taking advantage of this wonderful yet depressing era are Olo Worms, a brilliantly titled collective from Bristol.
Signed to Fence Collective, they’re commited to making some of the most overtly out-there music around, as their ‘Bare Foot’ EP so vividly illustrates. There’s a definite tribal aspect to some of their work, but in a uniquely digital way with the glitchy beats and feedback of radiowaves playing out under yelps and cries. It varies from sounding men dancing around an electrical fire to something altogether more tuneful and recognisably musical, with their song ‘flakes’ managing something that resembles beauty and honest sentiment. They’re signed to Fence records, and by all accounts they’re something to be reckoned with live and are giving you the opportunity to see them this coming January with their ‘Toxic Waist’ tour. Even if it’s not your kind of music, there’s no denying that they’re genuinely different and incredibley exciting. Here’s two tracks from streaming from ‘Bare Foot’
OLO Worms – Tortoise Shell
OLO Worms – Flakes
And the EP is available in it’s entirity for free from last.fm here: http://www.last.fm/music/olo+worms/Bare+Foot