After playing as a duo (singer/bassist Andrea Lukic and drummer Daniel Pitoutsince) since forming in 2008, the riot grrrl-inspired noise rockers Nü Sensae decided to expand their insular approach and added a guitar player to the line-up. Brody McKnight plays on their recently released album Sundowning and he adds an extra level of fury to their already intensely ferocious sound. We asked them for some inspirations and what they came back with was surprising, but super cool.
First here's "Swim" from the album....
I am from South Africa and I go through stages where all I wanna do is listen to old South African pop and soul that I grew up with. This is a really good one that I listen to at the moment, it's Yvonne Chaka Chaka singing about umqombothi which is a kind of African beer.
Brenda Fassie was known as the Queen of African pop. This song is about her son finding a girl to marry him and she is telling everyone how happy she is that he found someone who would say yes. The video rules.
I have often felt that this is most likely one of the heaviest songs of all time based on its topic. The look on Skip James' face at the end of the video is proof of that.
In 1981 the Georgia Public Television station commissioned Sol Korine, father of Harmony Korine, to make films based on people and ideas of the South. This short film, Mouth Music, was packed full of sounds I had never heard before all done by the mouth. Make sure to watch "Raw Mash" next - both films feature the inimitable Hamper McBee.
"Early in the morning, at dawn
the sun hangs so close to the ground
and i would like to get it for you...
late at night only the moon
shines so tempting in the sky
and i would like to get it for you..."
The Adventures of Buratino (1975 film)