Got a real dark streak of pop quicksilver here from Aussie Oscar Perry. With a cassette forthcoming on the ever excellent Hobbies Galore, Perry’s first single is delivered in a menacing spoken word screed over percolating ‘80s funk that’s beset with a drug-sweat vibration that makes the track feel like it might induce a panic attack at any moment. The song embodies an envisioned sad desperation of ’50 singer Perry Como. In quite a few ways this song shakes the same nerves as anything in the Darkside ourvre, though not quite as slick. The record centers around Oscar’s intense vocals, but ropes in some nice ringers from the Aussie underground including Jack Farley (Scott & Charlene’s Wedding), Amy Hill (Primo!, Sleeper & Snake), and Al Montfort (Terry, Dick Diver). The Silver Shadow cassette lands next week, but you can check out the twitchy vid for “Perry Como” now.
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