Presenting Clubfeet’s new 4-track EP Deep Thoughts, the band’s first proper release since 2013’s critically acclaimed ‘Heirs & Graces’. The EP includes singles ‘We Are Affected’ and ‘Canyons’, as well as two new smooth, club-leaning jams.
While the band’s acclaimed first two albums were born in the studio, the genesis of ‘Deep Thoughts’ was on smoky dancefloors whilst the band was on tour. Clubfeet have always had electronic music in their DNA, but moved more towards a fully-realised ‘live band’ sound on their previous release – 2013’s ‘Heirs & Graces’. Tour life and DJing placed the Clubfeet members back into nightclubs where house music soundtracked their time together, undoubtedly influencing the direction of their new EP.
The lush, layered soundscapes that were the hallmark of ‘Heirs & Graces’ are gone in favour of a distinctly more minimalist, electronic sound. The live percussion, guitars and bass have been traded in for programmed drums, samples and pitched vocals – a full-circle move for the band which moves back towards their debut LP ‘Gold on Gold’. In a new approach to songwriting, the tracks on ‘Deep Thoughts’ began life just as a beat and bassline, with melodies and layers added over time. As is evident with the final output – the process was deliberately restrained and the sparse, almost urgent nature of each song has been maintained.
With the band scattered across numerous cities (and sometimes countries), the EP gradually came together between Clubfeet’s home studios in Melbourne and Sydney. As with their previous release, ‘Deep Thoughts’ sees them linking up again with acclaimed mixer Eric J (Flight Facilities, Chet Faker).
Clubfeet’s debut LP, Gold on Gold, was released was released in 2009 through cult NYC house label Plant Music (Eli Escobar, Danny Daze), garnering strong critical acclaim including a 7.7 from Pitchfork. Their sophomore release, Heirs & Graces, saw the band mature – spawning cult hits like ‘Heartbreak (feat. Chela)’ and ‘Everything you Wanted’, the latter’s video going on to win a J Award.