TRACK REVIEW: 'Farmer Barnaby' - Pipe-Eye
RELEASE DATE: 7 JUNE 2019
GENRE: PSYCHEDELIC / INDIE POP
LABEL: FLIGHTLESS RECORDS
If you're familiar in any way to the Flightless Records label based in Australia, chances are you're already familiar with the whole cheeseboard of the type of bands they offer. It's not a small cheeseboard. Their range is wide, from psychedelic rock to gritty folk to angry post-punk, to jazz, to microtonal mathiness, to boogie - time would be better spent copy-pasting a whole Wikipedia page on the matter. But there's always, more often than, not a tinge of darkness that permeates two bands particular to this write-up, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs - and the source of this void is Cookie. In Pipe-Eye, Cookie's force is unleashed in a more menacing way: so menacing that it's deceptively cute. Like a classic drug-induced psychosis, Farmer Barnaby has all the elements of a bad trip. It's also deeply moving, telling the story of a grieving farmer that won't go amiss in a Sgt Pepper tracklist.
4 / 5