PREMIERE: TURTLE BAY’S NEW SINGLE ‘IDLE’ SHOWCASES ECLECTIC SOUND AND MARKS AN EXCITING TURNING POINT FOR THE BAND
Turtle Bay's ‘Idle’ is the new dynamic and emotionally resonant track that showcases impressive range and versatility from the West Australian band. The track beautifully captures that feeling of wanting to feel hopeful and at ease but being dogged by suspicion and doubt, all while walking the streets and promenades of the picturesque port-city of Fremantle.
Making their start in 2012 (FKA Turtle Bay TV), the band has developed a reputation for their eclectic output and energetic live shows, expanding on the post-punk, gothic-infused textures of their 2020 album ‘Sketch Caustic’. Over the past year, they have explored the annals of cosmic country, indie-rock and britpop, with influences ranging from Neil Young and Alvvays to Mac DeMarco and Pulp.
Proudly released through Pink House Records, their upcoming single ‘Idle’ brings all of these influences together and symbolises a turning point for the band, being the first track co-written by guitarist Jarrah Duckett and lead singer and guitarist Tom Cockram. It’s also the first song recorded and mixed by the band’s very own guitarist and trumpeter, Will Johnson, highlighting the band's versatility and musicality.
The song opens with a beautifully toned guitar riff, immediately drawing the listener into the rich and textured world of their music. The powerful and emotive vocals maintain an essence of effortlessness, delivering lyrics that speak to the human experience of longing and loss. Inspired by the paranoid, neo-noir haze of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’ and Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Big Sleep’.
As the song progresses, it builds in intensity, with the introduction of drums and bass creating a powerful and driving rhythm that propels the music forward, a track you can imagine listening to in the car driving on the open road. The guitar work is particularly impressive, with intricate, delicate and melodic solos that add an element of complexity and depth to the song. The chorus is a standout moment, with its soaring melody and uplifting energy, the harmonies are rich and full, adding an element of beauty and grace to the music.
Overall, ‘Idle’ is a triumph of both songwriting and musicianship, showcasing Turtle Bay's impressive range and versatility. The song is deeply emotive and thought-provoking, inviting the listener to reflect on their own experiences and emotions.
Experience the energy live at the launch and celebration of ‘Idle’, May 20th at Milk Bar. Joining them are friends Lonesome Dove, Gap Year and Teen Angst. More information and tickets can be found here.