DR COLOSSUS: Dr Colossus (EP)
By Stephanie Gray
They said so themselves: Dr Colossus will come at you like a train-load of flaming camels crashing head first in to a circus tent filled with knife-throwers and surf guitars somewhere behind the Iron Curtain. I’ll just add the simple adjective – lovely – an overused term of endearment often applied to inanimate objects like cheesecake and weather. In the case of Dr Colossus, as the antithesis of the inanimate, the term applies to the humour and grace with which they wield superb musicality. On this four-song EP, the seven-piece from Auckland has brought in four more friends to create largely-instrumental soundscapes of songs fusing folk, klezmer and carnival. Accordion, trumpet, banjo, basses, sax and keyboards accompany the more obscure tamburica and yang among guitars, drums and violin. All songs are written by Leon Radojkovic and Matt Ledingham, and the album was recorded at Auckland’s Roundhead Studios. Yip, lovely.