Made in a Florida swamp (very hot I assume), Coca Leaf sculpted this brand of funk, jazz, noise, dub and new wave over a series of brain-fried studio sessions and madcap improvisation experiments. The band are made up of three multi instrumentalists including members of Merchandise, Destruction and Uniform and tend to enjoy following their nose(s).
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Silly Wharf Cat continue to deliver unto us dance music surviving the scuzz and hanging in the bedroom, offering budget productions stoked on life. ‘Deep Marble Sunrise’ comes from Coca Leaf and blends funk, house and dub into a framework of noisy and disorienting mixing. It opens on the giddy “New Soft Dawn”, which offers sun-beamed piano, washed out chords and lazerbeam synths alongside economical percussion and a haphazardly patched sample. It’s alive with silliness.
Coca Leaf likes to riff off of simple ideas, using a wind-up clock sound and a grizzly, bossfight bassline on “Twilight Haze” towards making a dubby epic Western, the tracks psychedelic tinges slowly moving towards tense climaxes. “Marbled Sunset” sounds like someone left two seconds of a Talking Heads track and the score to a horror movie on a locked groove together, a semi-dancey romp filled with haunted piano failures and screeching guitar solos. It’s nonsense contained to a beat so we can groove to its contradictions.
There’s a lot Coca Leaf is capable of doing, whether stretching out into elements kosmische or making straight-up dance nuggets, but ‘Deep Marble Sunrise’ sounds gloriously unfinished, like someone letting a song loop while they hurl new ideas into it. A fun listen that dares you to stuff your pop songs with as much canon fodder as they can take.
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