A circuitous route to the Woodland Bar tonight via the Queensland Council of Unions’ Labour Day dinner means missing the fine sounds of Dreamtime. This is a pity, as I was looking forward to another installment of their lush rock-psychedelia after their excellent Beetle Bar set supporting The Smokestack Orchestra. I manage to catch the conclusion of indie sextet Founds‘ last song, and it’s great — a shimmering blend of multiple guitars and piano-synths.
Tonight is Nikko’s final fling before heading back into the studio to record a follow-up to their 2010 release The Warm Side. It’s also the first time I’ve caught them sans their occasional violinist. The lack doesn’t diminish the songs in the slightest — in fact the band fashions a toffee-thickness to their sound that seems to exceed any previous occasion I’ve seen them. Read more