HUNTLY'S TRACKS ARE FOR CRYING IN THE CLUB

HUNTLY'S TRACKS ARE FOR CRYING IN THE CLUB

Words by Sharen Samson / Photography by Kim Phan

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The fusion of techno-pop and intimate songwriting embodies Melbourne trio Huntly, their debut album Low Grade Buzz an eleven-track compilation of “doof you can cry to.” Pulsing between emotional vulnerability and the reverie of the dancefloor, Huntly’s music etches a space for an authentic connection with their audience. 

Low Grade Buzz, driven by feelings of unsettling existentialism and hopeful release, unveils the trio’s lived experiences as a key influence to its lyricism. “Break ups, depression, death, even some reflections on us as a band […] they’re all just taken straight out of my diary,” said Elspeth, the band’s lead singer and lyricist.

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Huntly’s experimental sound is rooted in “refined electronic music, with an emphasis on telling stories, emotional expression, and catharsis.” The manifesto “doof you can cry to” focuses songwriting, production and presence upon an apex.  

“The songs themselves are often about personal experiences with identity; but more broadly, we’re in a constant process of reflecting on our identity and location as people with a lot of privilege, trying to ‘make it’ in an industry that is unequal and inaccessible.”

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The marriage of intimacy and dance music is a testament to the dynamic between band members Elspeth, Andy, and Charlie. The change from Huntly’s 2016 release ‘We Made It’ manufactured in their Fitzroy living room to Low Grade Buzz notes a pivotal shift in sound.

Early inspiration drawn from artists James Blake, Mount Kimble, Burial and Four Tet has guided Huntly to find their footing, yet now, the trio no longer feel the need “to write a song like James Blake, or see all those white men (bar Four Tet) as heroes.”  

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Holstering identity as a boundless moment in flux, Huntly is often revising and changing. Supporting the likes of Japanese Wallpaper, Oscar Key Sung and Andrew Fox, the Melbourne trio’s evocative dance music is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most zestful electronic acts. 

Travelling across the margins of drum and bass, R&B, techno and pop—Huntly’s tempered soundscape will shift your thinking about crying in the club. Listen to the electronic playfulness of Huntly here:

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