Decortica: A New Aesthetic
By Ania Glowacz
This is not at all what you might expect. Outwardly masquerading as an electronica release, instead inside you'll find very contemporary, almost futurist modern rock. Breaking the mould, messing with your perceptions, making a statement of its intent. This is powerful music and of high quality. Decortica are an Auckland three-piece with Mathew Bosher on vox and guitar, Antoinette Lee on bass and Daniel Bosher on drums. This was recorded in Raglan with David Holmes (Gramsci, Jakob) who shared the band's vision, and this is so polished it is hard to believe it's a debut album. Decortica are poised to take on all-comers with their Nirvana-esque melodies curling around Soundgarden-sized riffs with a hidden core. There are echoes of Muse on Demmondane. The sound is live, and alive, and all very original. They work it well at both ends of the spectrum; small, slow and acoustic and at the other end with thundering guitars and rhythmic assaults. An alternative vocalist would really cement the deal as they've got everything else they need to be really successful and this is a brilliant modern rock record.