Nocturnal Tapes can get you dancing with single ‘Is It Too Late?’

It’s wonderful when a track is distinctly Australian. Not because of hackneyed stereotypes, it’s not pub rock, it’s not true blue machismo or the ‘She’ll be right’ attitude incarnate. NOCTURNAL TAPES’ ‘Is it Too Late?’ is Australian because it slides into the current music climate as if it as always been there. Tinges of psych-rock, a Miami Horror-like energy and unpretentious vocals come together to make a song that will no doubt be appreciated nationwide. It’s the exact sort of song that is a testament to Australia being the constant go-to for solid electronica.

‘Is it Too Late?’ focuses around the central question, is it too late for me? While in writing, it may sting with melancholy there isn’t a drop to be found in the song. The vocals are clean but not overproduced and as the question is repeated over and over, it’s the ever moving beat that answers it. A distinct psych twang gives the track flair, strong synths fill it out and complex moments of reprieve prepare you to go again into flurry of synth, guitar and bass. It’s a track that will slide into rotation nationwide, it’s got that Cut Copy/Miami Horror quality in which it is about the dance all the way through. ‘Is It Too Late?’ is trying to make you dance and it probably will.

Nocturnal Tapes is comprised of Lachlan Mulligan and Harry Suttor, who sprung the surf and sand of Yamba on the coast of New South Wales. ‘Is It Too Late?’ is the lead single from their upcoming EP expected to come out mid year. Nocturnal Tapes first made waves in 2016, with tracks ‘Patterns’, ‘Pieces’ and ‘Superficial Light’ which all explored different genres such as tech-house, indie-psych and everything that can be classified as dance. Nocturnal Tapes are also known for their high-energy performances, having already supporting Boo Seeka, Yahtzel, Bootleg Rascal, Luke Million and Tash Sultana. The duo are definitely ones to watch as they deliver their experiments on a plethora of styles while maintaining neat pop sensibilities.

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WORDS BY LLOYD CRACKETT

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