Tonight / 206
Holy Balm, All the Way From Australia
by Dave Segal
on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM
(Cairo) Coming all the way from Sydney, Australia, Holy Balm play springy disco-house with nonchalant-diva vocals, embellished by a panoply of trashily warped textures (think ancient, cheaply made video games sputtering to noisy deaths) over steadfast 4/4 beats. They resemble the Miracles Club, if that Portland act cared less about glamour and more about strange tones. Speaking of which, the Numbs (Seattle producer Jeff Johnson) has gathered countless bizarre sounds in his various boxes, whose buttons he pushes to make them move in unlikely patterns. It's bracingly post-everything and will make you feel like Earth's axis has shifted.