OKBadlands ‘Tiny Measures’ EP is a dream come true
Brisbane duo OKBADLANDS have blessed us with a whole bunch of dreamy, jazz-soaked tracks on their Tiny Measures EP. New to the scene, Kate Gurren and Sally Latter have created a remarkable amount of buzz as OKBadlands over the last two years. Tiny Measures is the culmination of their recent efforts, featuring fan favourites ‘Dust and Gold’, ‘Pty Ltd’ and ‘Mineral’, alongside some hidden gems.
The vocal harmonies that are OKBadlands’ trademark sound continue to dominate on Tiny Measures, with their versatile voices functioning as instruments within themselves. However, the duo have ears for lush beats and smooth, layered composition, and by collaborating with Golden Vessel to produce, they’ve created something truly spellbinding, yet surprising, here. Lyrics like “Lately the sun is too strong/ And I got a lot of work to do/ Trying to break your heart for good,” from ‘Dust and Gold’ hint at the dark undercurrent beneath these tranquil waters.
‘Standing Too Close’ and ‘Where You Go’, the two previously unreleased tracks on the EP, are dark and rich when compared to the earlier singles. Less sparkly, and more sticky, ‘Standing Too Close’ features pulsating synths foreshadowing the downfall of a relationship. ‘Where You Go’, on the other hand, is all attitude, distorted and danceable. The whole EP is drawn together by a unique blend of jazz, electro and dream-pop.
As a body of work, Tiny Measures opens the door for OKBadlands to push the boundaries of genre even further in the future. Sweet without being saccharine, retro tinged but entirely contemporary, OKBadlands are poised to become a unique force in Australian music. These two ladies are a whole lot more than pretty voices.
Words by Molly McLaughlin