Australian duo Basic Desire are not afraid to get you thinking as you listen to their ambient electronica tracks. It's music that creates cosmic spaces allowing the listener to drift off into luscious aural streams only to be drawn back by singer Paulina Caine's charming vocals. Paulina fronts the duo, with Henry Kubik composing the music.
Henry's main influence is Pink Floyd, who themselves are well know for imaginative soundscapes, lengthy instrumental sections and experimenting with technology. These devices are reflected in Henry's compositions.
Paulina brings an unexpectedly different tangent of musical influences to their creative pallate. She cites growing up listening to hard rock bands like WASP, Judas Priest and Motley Crue, although also enjoys everything from pop to rock to opera. This array of influence has helped Paulina shape an enjoyably distinctive voice.
Basic Desire's track 'Lies', running at six minutes, is set up with a deep and spacey intro. Soft, rich keyboard pads create the atmosphere for the song. Tasty digital riffs, heavy on the echo, conjure an expansive sound. All in all, there's a comfortable dynamic range between the high and low instruments providing an ethereal platform for Paulina's vocals.
Clouds of soft, swirling vocals are cleverly wrapped around the song's theme word 'lies' which is always delivered like a trained hunter's arrow. Each sung shot hits with precision for maximum effect. There's no ambiguity here. Lies inflict damage. Keeping this song rooted in their real world are guitar and piano solos that contribute to the integrity of the track's theme.
Whereas Lies was a mostly instrumental piece 'Come Back' is ruled by a virtuoso vocal performance sailing the falsetto range. It's a song with a message, one very quickly gleaned by watching the video clip. Lyrically and visually the song is set in the heavy scenario of war and loss. Paulina tells that the song was written to “promote unity” and that it “aims at bringing people of different cultures and races together, and at removing cultural barriers that still exist in the world today.”
The track 'Once Again' also takes us on a reflective journey of thoughts, feelings and unfortunate sadness we can experience in life. In contrast to Come Back, Paulina drops her vocal range for Once Again to present her message with depth of feeling. In this low range she maintains substance and strength in her vocals. Her repertoire of vocal styles across the duo's tracks shows how much control, range and emotive quality she can deliver.
Writing of the songs begins with Henry. Once he has composed a piece of music the duo begin writing lyrics. They don't rush the writing process and can take months before they are just right. Henry and Paulina write about “basic human emotions”. They aim to create stronger links between people of diverse cultural backgrounds using their music and the messages it carries.
Basic Desire are based in Perth but perform all around Australia. They've played festivals in Perth, Sydney, and Canberra. Pauliana was asked to sing Australia's national anthem on top of Mount Kosciuszko, a premiere location for winter snow sports and recreation in Australia. They've also performed as support act for BoneyM, one of the huge disco acts, on their Australian tour.
Currently, Basic Desire are back in the studio working on new songs. When the recording process is finished they will begin shooting video clips for the songs. They are also looking into performing a European tour in 2019.
To hear Basic Desire’s great tracks, watch their video clips and learn more about the duo visit their website. Get a just a taste of their style by checking out their ambient version of ‘Hello’ then check out their cool original tracks at ReverbNation.
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