“I hate to be divisive but I love it to bits,
I try to get it right but never fail to miss”
Words: Axel Carrington
To watch an artist grow before your eyes is a gift worth sharing with the world: Segue Safari are hitting some sort of stride with their new track Colour TV. Led by wunderkind Jeremy Segal, Segue has steadily built an audience with their debut EP Friends being a nice slice of psych-thru Eno's bent lens and gained plenty of Perth traction with their impression bombie in the Big Splash competition. Colour TV is the first taste of what's to come, a morsel so delectable that I find myself becoming stuffed, compulsively putting the track on repeat. Apologies for that previous sentence.
This has always been my favourite of theirs to watch live the past six months or so: it's a tune that begins tightly wound, slowly unravelling itself through its running time, with well-placed hits, a nice pitch-shifty guitar line, anchored by Jeremy's light chugging rhythm part that glues the piece together. The way the group gels their sound reminds me of those 'funny' catchy post-punkers XTC and I've always thought of Jeremy as the next Andy Partridge in waiting: those chord shapes stuffed with extensions and fingers, those jumps and hops in melody and rhythm that keep the listener guessing, a keen ear for texture and timbre and a little smirk and wry knowing smile behind every lyric.
Of course, it's not just the Jeremy show though: Daniel Zeljko POGs his way around the tune like he's on the proverbial pogo stick plugged into an octave pedal, while the rhythm section of Sam Blitvich and Jacob Satori provide twists and turns with their offbeat stops and starts and a fat, chugging pulse that keeps me intrigued and inevitably onto another spin.
Although Segue are still young fellas, it's the slight tinge of world weariness and defeated tone that really intrigues me. It wouldn't be for me to suggest what any lyrics are about, maybe watching Deadwood, but there's a real sense of mild despair and distraught that comes with remedial thinking that's conveyed in both words and music. It's exciting to hear these boys come into their own and use their frame of reference to become something new, something unlike television and streaming services, beyond absent minded devouring of content. I mean, I guess it could be something I've seen – but I know that with this tune, what's coming is something I'm yet too.