Let Demon Days give your day some much-needed soul with ‘Disco Baby’
Perth quintet DEMON DAYS have dropped ‘Disco Baby’, an infectiously groovy slice of neo-soul with a dose of 70s funk for good measure. It’s the latest taste of their debut EP, Magic Eye, which is due to drop in August.
Essentially a household name of Perth’s local scene, Demon Days exploded across the rest of Australia with ‘Lost in Translation’ and the follow up, ‘Hurricanes of Light.’ Their late 2017 groove, ‘Killer Bees,’ was the one that won me over: combining an old-school funk sound with modern neo-soul sensibilities it was a multi-form bop that showcased the strengths of each member with ease. ‘Disco Baby’ is the quintet at their best, distilling the complexities of jazz into a groovy, poppy cut.
The track sets off with a crisp, jazzy beat before a wave of groovy key riffs burst on the scene. The vocals add a healthy dose of pop to the mix, with melodies that flow perfectly with the progression of the keys. The breakdown halfway through sees the sound move closer to that of lounge music – you can almost imagine the band jamming out in a smoky downstairs bar when the solos start and become backed with hazy reverb.
What I think is special about Demon Days, that is perfectly executed in ‘Disco Baby’, is this seamless coming together of genres like jazz, soul and funk that you don’t often see in pop music. Sure, a lot of music has influences of these, but Demon Days‘ craft draws straight from the well, yet does it in a way that is as easy to get into as any other pop cut. ‘Disco Baby’ displays this balance effortlessly, and it’s a sure sign that their upcoming Magic Eye EP is going to bring them some much deserved attention.
WORDS BY MAX LEWIS