“An intoxicating slice of house” – Purple Sneakers
It is with much jubilation that Soothsayer release, Soft Expression – the debut EP from Sydney musician, DJ and Retiree band member Body Corp (aka Marco Vella) out today on vinyl and all digital platforms.
With previous releases on Pelvis Records, and Plastic World as well as UK powerhouse Rhythm Section International (with Retiree), the club-ready EP was released exclusively on a 12” earlier this month via soothsayeronline.com, Bandcamp and select record stores, and allowed fans to hold the wax in their hands ahead of the EP’s full digital release today.
Born out of a necessity to intersect Marco’s love of the club while also focusing energy as one third of Retiree, Body Corp turns his attention to the dancefloor, while retaining the intrinsic groove that peppers his band’s composition. Across the aptly titled Soft Expression, there are smudgy fingerprints of introspection and self-observation.
Latest single ‘Negative Reaction’ is more tech than no, more push than pull, and more bizarre than the norm. An aural equivalent to having an existential crisis on the dancefloor to the greatest sounding kick drum you’ve heard (we’ve all been there).Sound recordings captured on a trip to Japan back in 2012 was where the EP began, although the project laid dormant until 2019 when Marco returned to Japan’s shores and discovered the unique sounds still resonated. Nowhere is Japan’s influence more apparent than on the EP’s title track, where soft pads and eloquently pulsating synth lines demand the listener’s attention.
Support of the EP so far comes from the likes of FBi who added ‘You Don’t Know’, Spotify playlist House Special and Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Loops (US, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Denmark, Sweden, Norway + more). Body Corp was also named one of Band Camp’s New and Notable artists.
The EP was also heavily inspired by Marco’s long winding DJ sets that have become renowned in Sydney and Melbourne. While there won’t be any sets until it’s safe to do so, Marco will bring his magic to FBi today for their Midday Mix and triple j’s Mix Up next month – be sure to tune in.
A special gift for on the vinyl release comes in the form of a hard and fast remix from one of Marco’s favourite producers, in the form of Francis Inferno Orchestra’s ‘Goblin Magick Mix’, which takes the original up a few notches on the BPM counter and into a smoke-hazed Rotterdam club.
Body Corp has gifted us with Soft Expression. Stream it today.