Never heard of Melbourne’s Motion (Sic) before, but on this particular track the line-up consists Castings guys Mark Leacy and Sam Kenna, along with Cooper Bowman. So why isn’t it called Orinokoflo? Don’t actually know. In all fairness, Our House is barking up an entirely different tree and kinda reminds me of some of V/VM’s more fetid material, before The Caretaker boosted him into the realm of International Celebrity. Broken merry-go-rounds, grandiose ye olde dialogue torn from its context and pasted onto a bed of End Times synth build… there’s a nauseating sense of several worlds spinning at different speeds in opposite directions, and somehow you’re on every single one of them.
Castings were one of my favourite live bands, so it’s comforting to know several members are still active in the form of Melbourne’s Orinokoflo – namely Mark Leacy and Sam Kenna, in addition to Cooper Bowman, who writes for this site sometimes. ‘Arnica’ is vaguely reminiscent of Castings, except this is an entirely synth and tape based affair and, if you listen all the way to the end, you’ll notice the group lift out of the initial suffocating fog into something that is almost… cheerful? Whatever the case, the opening tumult recedes about halfway through and a bass lead stickies everything together. You can bob your head to it.
They’ve tagged the track “shonky electronics” on their Soundcloud page, which sounds very fitting. There’s also a live recording of a recent Gasometer gig, which is a lot looser than ‘Arnica’.