Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
In the sweltering heat of late, the breezy port of Fremantle has been the place where you can find your cool in more ways than one. Hailing from the Southside, Perth’s favourite collision of sounds, Koi Child have been riding a soul train that only goes up. The experimental nu-jazz group’s latest track, 1-5-9 is proof of that with its smattering of instrumental groove paired with the syncopated flow of Cruz Patterson.
Playing to their strengths, the rhythmic contingency of Blake Hart and Yann Vissac clicks like a puzzle piece whilst Tom Kenny manning the keys injects the sunny licks that compliment the oozing magnetism sax players, Christian Ruggiero and Jamie Canny have when they combine forces. Not to be lost amongst the mix, trombonist, Sam Newman reigns in the motley crew with his golden sounding timbre.
Smooth in its allure, 1-5-9’s finest quality is its ability to deliver itself as a party starter thanks to the skipping melody it resides in as well as the languid tone the brass and wind section encourage.
With Koi Child due to release their debut album March 18 and looking forward to a national tour ahead of them, Pilerats have dubbed 2016 “the year of the Koi” and we agree. Digital pre-orders for the album are accessible as of tomorrow via iTunes but with cover art (pictured below) by Perth artist, Han Solo we’re sure to be adding the vinyl addition to our pool room.