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If you’ve been listening to Triple J recently, then you would of heard “Hung on Tight”, just one of the amazing songs from Sleep In The Water, the debut LP from Snakadaktal. An album to shatter preconceptions. It’s a bit like reuniting with an old friend, a friend who’s sailed around the world to come home older and wiser. Only instead of bringing home stories about Paris, New York or London, they return singing strange, beautiful ballads about finding love at the bottom of the ocean, and us very lucky Byronites get our turn on September 21st at The Northern. Tickets available HERE.

Snakadaktal didn’t so much explode onto the music scene as cascade gently down like a handful of glitter thrown over a crowd. Soon after they first came together to make sweet music, Pheobe Cockburn, Sean Heathcliff, Joseph Clough, Jarrah McCarty-Smith and Barna Nemeth were named as Triple J Unearthed High winners for 2011. Their self-produced Snakadaktal EP reached no. 26 on the ARIA digital charts. Two singles – Chimera and Air – went into high rotation on triple J, with Air claiming #22 in the Hottest 100.

They followed this up with 2012’s stand-alone single Dance Bear, which reinvented their dreamy pop as a dance-floor friendly masterpiece. Dance Bear won them a place in the latest Hottest 100 and was recently released alongside Air as a double A-side 7” by UK tastemakers Young & Lost Club (label to indie darlings Noah and the Whale and Bombay Bicycle Club).

The debut LP – Sleep In The Water – is an album that is ambitious yet tranquil, accomplished and otherworldly but always down-to-Earth. Album opener Fall Underneath woos you with playful synth bouncing around a simple hand clap, then a wash of vocals and percussive guitars before melting into Hung On Tight. The first single from the album, with its urgent drumming and deliciously ambiguous lyrics, explores “trust, youth, family and the scary, scary world of people,” launching into an album that is eclectic and breathtaking in its aspirations – a sonic kaleidoscope of endlessly shifting sound.

The feeling of being underwater is central to this record, a sustained metaphor about letting go of childish things and taking on the world, without losing that sense of wonder. “Lyrically and sonically, it is about our emotional and physical connection to water. It’s a world that helps us to express what we’re feeling. This is a record about moments and emotion.”

“We hope that each listener interprets the record in their own way,” explains Phoebe. “We all find different meanings in the words, so we write to leave space to connect with listeners. We write songs for the sake of song writing. We are, first, a writing and recording band. That’s where we’re comfortable.”

Snakadaktal write music with room to dream; intensely personal but worldly.

Enough said. Go check them out.

Snakadaktal with Special Guests
Saturday 21st September (doors open 9pm)
Byron Bay Great Northern Hotel
Get your tickets HERE |