"Electronic indie has come out of the woodwork of late. Not content simply to play bit parts and supporting rolls in niche clubs or appear as remixes on iPod shuffles, the Venn diagram of genres has undergone somewhat of a revival.
Enter SAFIA, who have already supported Aston Shuffle and Elizabeth Rose and will be playing this year’s foreshore summer music festival. Their songs ‘Stretched & Faded’ and ‘Mercury’ have also received air-time on triple J and triple J unearthed radio and have received raving review from blogs and triple J presenters Dave Ruby Howe and Nina Las Vegas.
There’s something calming about the beachfront waves of electrical indie coming in from these guys. The heartbeat of their sound is a layered pastiche of warm noise that reverberates and loops with an ever-increasing sense of ambition, but the soundscape they grow is more than that. Each track is dusted with a tinkering of sorrow and sadness that, like musical chimes, seems at the whim of movement, tossed about and taking new directions at varying velocities of intensity. Each listen seems to reveal something different – an unfamiliar lyric, a drop in sound you hadn’t heard before, a beat you didn’t see coming – and that shows that more than simply Garage Band throwaways from the Mac era, SAFIA have become fine craftsman in their field.
There’s clichés to be tossed about here – stuff about these guys being “one to watch” or that their sound is “fresh” – but the music speaks for itself, so do yourself a favor."
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