PREMIERE: Chakra Efendi Drops Some Lo-fi Magic On New Single ‘Ego Death’ (DCR Mixtape #4)
Brisbane artist Chakra Efendi creates alluring, reverb-soaked rock. There’s a beautiful softness to their punk sound, often taking form via drifting melodies that’ll transport you somewhere else. Whilst dreamy, it’s packed with a punch too, and today we’re very pleased to be premiering their new single ‘Ego Death’ - a track taken from a sea of DIY delights that will be released later this month on the Dinosaur City Records Mixtape #4.
Opening with a moody key arrangement, Chakra’s latest track is exactly three-minutes of glittering guitars vulnerable vocals and well - pure bliss. Originally recorded in 2017 as a university assignment, ‘Ego Death’ explores themes of over indulgence, and (in hindsight) a desire to slow down. Chakra said of the track, “It was written about a hedonistic time period that my friends and I were experiencing post high school graduation, attempting to assimilate within the new, and somewhat daunting environment that surrounded us. We opted for consciousness altering substances as a vice to cope with the change we resisted. The lyrics talk about how these vices can easily turn into unconscious habits, that in turn take a toll on our mental, physical, and spiritual selves.” Healthy or not, it may be this period of time that provided their sound with such rawness and depth.
This latest track really details the charming do-it-yourself approach that, at just 19 years of age, Chakra Efendi has so modestly mastered. “The track was recorded using my laptop, Ableton Live 9, my housemates SM 57 microphone, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface I bought from Cash Converters, and a prototype telephone microphone that my best friend/drummer Fin Wegener made me for my 18th birthday. I recorded the piano and some of the guitar tracks with Ben Batistich at his parent’s house, then recorded and produced the rest in my living room and edited the track while lying in bed lol.” From effortless bedroom rock to blowing audiences away with a full live band, the future is bright for this charismatic Brissy star. Listen for yourselves below.
If you’re keen for more quality home grown sounds like the above, then keep your ears open for the next DCR Mixtape. Spanning 24-tracks, it showcases some of Australia’s best underground artists – an incredible curation of some of the best. Label co-founder Jordanne Chant explains:
“Every year we put out a mixtape made up of brand new tracks from DIY artists Sydney-based and beyond. They have sort of become a hallmark for the label. Through our tapes, we've been lucky to have put out early works from artists like Den, Body Type, Gauci, Moody Beach, Denise Le Menice, Bored Shorts and more, who have all gone on to do great things. We've also been lucky to have a handful of great artists who regularly contribute to our tapes, like e4444e, Solo Career, Tuffence Meringue, and Monica Sottile (Sweater Curse). This year’s tape features tracks from friends, friends of friends, artists who have played our shows, artists we've met on travels, artists who've reached out to us and artists who we really love and have approached. While the compilation spans many genres and styles, it works as a pastiche of the kind of music we really love and believe deserves a platform.”
Don’t miss Chakra Efendi live in Sydney on 9th November for the Dinosaur City Records & SPUNK ‘Hometowns’ show in Marrickville. Support comes from Big White, Greta Now and Flowetruck. Tickets available here.