Here’s a new track from Melbourne-based songwriter Nth Wheel. Spanish label Catalina Tapes is releasing it on 7 inch in January, and it follows a cassette EP released through Do Your Block earlier this year. Judging by the tracklist, this new 7 inch features at least one cut from that cassette in the form of ‘Drug Holiday’, as well as a presumably non-demo version of ‘Drain’. The sound here is less drowsy and resigned than the Nth Wheel material I’ve heard before: I might have described it as drab before, but the thicker textures towards the song’s end hint at something a bit grander.
Nth Wheel taps into a kind of fated ‘loserdom’ very (perennially?) popular in underground Australian rock music. Kitchen’s Floor is resigned to it, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys fear it, and Dick Diver dreams of a world that can accommodate it. Nth Wheel fits into the first category, though it doesn’t quite have the pop smarts of Matt Kennedy. Instead, Nth Wheel II is a drowsy, rambling and despairing snapshot of adulthood with no direction at all.
‘Air Lift’ comes from Nth Wheel II, a new cassette limited to 50 copies through Do Your Block records.