Full Time Buzz is an apt title for Great Earthquake‘s new single. It has plenty of moving pieces utilising varying styles of electronica and synth-pop making it an involving listen. That’s the beauty of instrumental music, it isn’t bound to serve the message of any lyric per se. For Great Earthquake, otherwise known as Noah Symons, it’s an opportunity to paint with an abundance of colour. On a dreary Friday morning like this (Sydney anyway), we need all the colour we can get.
Feel the seismic power of Full Time Buzz from Melbourne’s Great Earthquake.
Symons has been performing under his Great Earthquake moniker since 2009 with four releases to his name in that time. His last effort was the 2013 album Mind Maps, so Full Time Buzz is the first taste of what’s to come on his follow-up EP. Bluntly enough, the song was inspired by Symons’ time working as a delivery driver with a solid caffeine fix in Melbourne. As he says “I was a delivery driver for a coffee company and used to be offered a coffee at nearly every cafe I delivered to and when I started the job I was ultra polite and said yes all the time so I was often high as a kite driving around. It is also about moving into the city from the Mount Dandenongs“.
Symons has stated that his music is influenced by a variety of things, including films of Wes Anderson and Hayao Miyazaki. It shows in the music. There’s that sense of discovery and bliss that those film makers have since made their trademarks. The heights of which Symons can soar is only limited by his imagination, and by the sounds of it his castle is in the sky. The approach is minimalist. The guitars are pretty and light while the percussion anchors the track with a smooth tempo.
Full Time Buzz was recorded at Little Gold Studio in Brunswick as a part of the EP sessions with Josh Bach, in addition to Bach’s home studio in Coburg. “The process was straight forward, like pieces of a puzzle, all the parts are recorded like pieces being put one by one all over the table, then Josh and I spend the next stage mixing, which is like placing them all together” says Symons. “The approach this time was different in the way that we spent one day tracking drums, guitar and bass at a studio, where as much of my previous recordings were made in my old shack in the Dandenongs. We were after a bigger sound and also a more minimalist approach. As a looping artist it is easy to get carried away in layers and layers of sound so it was also an attempt to break out of that familiar territory“.
Full Time Buzz is the kind of track you can lose yourself to. Recommended listening spots include the park, the beach or a casual city walk. Great Earthquake’s new EP is set for the horizon and Symons promises that it will be worth the wait “Unlike the instrumental sounds of Full Time Buzz there are two tracks on the EP with vocals and lyrics, which is a first for Great Earthquake! Lookout for post-punk basslines, afro guitar sounds, dubbed out melodica and glockenspiel, hypnotic vocals and big drums blasting all the way through it“. We can’t wait.