I know what you’re thinking, Australian Indie band that perform Flamenco music? I understand it might not be the most obvious combination, but it’s one that works.
The Melbourne-based band have been showcasing their talents since 2013 when they were buskers in a local shopping mall.
Fast forward seven years, they’ve brought out an album; been nominated for an award and are YouTube sensations. Check out their acoustic cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ below.
On November 27th, Malcura will be releasing their second album, aptly named ‘Malcura II’. It’s set to take their audience on a thrilling adventure across space.
The album follows the journey of one of the title tracks ‘Captain Snus’ as he comes across a black hole (we’ve all been there).
This latest collection of tracks has been funded solely through their busking performances and online.
The album itself is an amazing combination of Jazz, Rock, Melodic Death Metal(!) and Swing.
Now, I’ll be honest, when I first read about the album I was sceptical, but I was proven very wrong.
The whole record is an incredible journey (like the band suggest) using only instruments to tell their story.
As The Culture Trip puts it: ‘If music had taste, this flavour would leave your mouth watering’.
I have to say, I don’t disagree in the slightest. To give you an idea of what I’m on about, let me talk to you about the lead track ‘Captain Snus’.
Straight away, we’re thrust into a world of rock, with drum beat that Matt Helders of The Arctic Monkeys would be proud of.
Then, out of nowhere, you’re pleasantly greeted by this Flamenco acoustic guitar tune, which is not something I ever expected to be writing.
It really gets your hips swaying and your head nodding; all I wanted to do was get up and dance when the tune got going.
However, not to be pinned down to one genre, the track goes off in a different direction. We get this great bridge that has a real rocky vibe to it, whilst being perfectly complemented by the Flamenco style still being played in the background.
If that wasn’t enough, the tune then slows a little and progresses more into a heavy rock genre, only to be jeered up again by a fabulous trumpet.
On paper, it really shouldn’t work, but when you listen it all comes together.
With no vocals, it’s a hard task for anyone to create music that you still want to listen to. However, these guys achieve exactly that.
The amazing guitar acts as a vocalist, taking centre stage in the song, never letting its presence be forgotten. Alongside the guitar, the strong beat in the background of their songs gives a solid base to work from, allowing them to experiment more in other sections.
This album really is great. It takes a common genre and refreshes it to the max. The modern twist on Flamenco is something that I have never heard before. It’s clear to see just from this song alone how talented they all are.
To listen to Malcura, follow the Spotify link below
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