“Sydney avant-pop outfit Poison Abbey blend R&B with chillwave-y synths on this laid-back summer jam.”
– Bandcamp New and Notable
In case you missed it, Poison Abbey debuted their second single, ‘Silicon Valet’ on Friday, with RAGE, ABC-TV’s all-night music video program, premiering the accompanying video over the weekend, and awarding it this week’s ‘WILD ONE’. Watch the video in full here.
Self-produced and recorded at home by Poison Abbey’s Jess Rogleff and Tom Studansusing little-to-no professional audio gear, ‘Silicon Valet’, features synth samples from theLegowelt website, saxophone courtesy of Jacob Dawson-Daley and backing vocals from Rara Zulu. Following on from where debut single ‘Upmarket’ left off, the emotionally-charged track filters the confessional intimacy of lo-fi bedroom pop through influences like R&B andhypnagogic pop. Listen to ‘Silicon Valet’ here.
The accompanying clip, directed by George-Alex Nagle is a “smorgasboard of macking and grooving that takes a slightly dark and bloody turn” (RAGE). “The video is an exploration of ritualistic hedonism, love and friendship and witchcraft. We filmed it with our friends, some of which we used body paint on for dramatic effect. We barbecued a broken synthesiser found one day in a council clean-up. The stakes were worth it because we think it represents the music very accurately.” Rogleff says.
‘Silicon Valet’ is the follow-up to Poison Abbey’s debut single, ‘Upmarket’, which came out this May and saw praise from FBi Radio, The Music, Deafen County, Life Without Andyand more, features on Bandcamp Weekly and Bandcamp New & Notable, plus an add toSpotify’s ‘Broad Chords’ editorial playlist.
UP & COMING SHOWS
Thursday 25 July
Oxford Art Factory supporting Annie Hamilton
Thursday 29 August
SILICON VALET SINGLE LAUNCH
Union Hotel with Solo Career and Tired Girl
Saturday 28 September
Yulli’s Brewery, Alexandria
Sunday 29 September
North Wollongong Hotel – line-up TBA
Thursday 17th October
Parramatta, Western Sydney
PRAISE FOR POISON ABBEY
“Rogleff’s smokey and lush vocal lines whisk you right away.” – Tonedeaf
“Poison Abbey’s new single is electropop perfection, with wavy synths cascading over a loose funk beat.”– Bandcamp New & Notable
“This sounds like a pleasant dream.” – Tommy Faith, triple j
“Spine-chilling vocals, weaved with jazz-inspired samples marks the advent of alluring, indelible music that can be expected from the duo.” – Artist 1 on 1
“A dreamy and alluring flow of retro-‘70s disco-funk-tinged rhythms and symphonies.” – Stereo Embers Magazine
“The crisp beat and breathy vocals on the tune sound like a collaboration between Letta Mbulu and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with singer Jess Rogleff demonstrating a deft touch when it comes to treading the line between avant-garde and pop.” – Life Without Andy