ALBUM REVIEW: Dorcha – Honey Badger | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 06.11.20







Another winner from North East imprint Box Records, this latest offering saw Birmingham quintet Dorcha decamp to Geoff Barrow’s Invada Studios in Bristol. Making full use of the space’s treasure trove of synths and analogue effects, Honey Badger is tailored to reflect the workings of an introverted brain subjected to bouts of psychedelic revelry. Sonically, however, the results could just as easily soundtrack a fucked up fairy-tale, offering ground which electrifies, confounds and exudes eerie beauty – often within the same three-minute number.

Even its most euphoric moments – the string-led rush of Bruiser; the wickedly groovy Last Minute – reject linear progression, allowing listeners neither time to settle nor to retreat into their comfort zones. A fervent, intoxicating melting pot, and one uniquely ill-suited to background consumption.



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