Melbourne-based synthwave artist Suburban Spell presents ‘Natural Science’, a statement on the weight of scientific evidence and the powerful push by doubters to challenge such knowledge based on baseless contradictory viewpoints. This is the second single from his ‘Falling Down’ EP, named in reference to the long-term outcomes of bad choices and giving into guilty pleasures.
The new EP follows the ‘Split Levels – Remixes’ EP (February 2023), a series of reworkings of his acclaimed ‘Split Levels’ album, involving goth-rock / post-punk legend William Faith (Christian Death, Mephisto Walz, Shadow Project, Faith & The Muse, The Bellwether Syndicate), along with New Zealand’s Robots In Love, Australia’s Ontic, Pittsburgh’s Tragic Impulse and Italian artist Kurs.
Suburban Spell is the solo project of Peter Endall, whose music combines the austere beauty of Kraftwerk, 80’s melodic sensibilities, driving rhythms and some noisy grind thrown in for good measure. Influenced by the heyday of new wave and 70’s-80’s electronica, this music carries the beautiful imprints of such artists as Ultravox, OMD, Visage, Jean-Michel Jarre, The Cars, Gary Numan and New Order.
Peter’s previous band Schizo Scherzo was active in the heady days of Melbourne’s 80’s music scene, playing alongside such acts such as The Eurythmics, Pseudo Echo, Real Life and Fergal Sharky. Having re-emerged on the music scene as Suburban Spell, he has found his niche in modern Australian electronica.
Earlier, Suburban Spell released the lead track ‘Bright Gold Cross’, with a slick video of shadow-play, Created by Dingo Cross Films in Melbourne, it was produced and directed by Paul Puccio and Cassie Dart.
“The concept behind ‘Natural Science’ was written about the baffling science deniers who gained a lot of momentum during the Covid 19 pandemic. How documented facts from the world’s leading institutions were flatly rejected, based on a belief system that didn’t align with a particular view point, coupled with selective research to echo whatever that belief system was.” says Peter Endall.
“When that mind-set becomes a natural way of thinking, it’s very difficult to offer an alternative view point, and Natural Science appears to be denied. I don’t want to sound all knowing and it’s good to challenge the accepted science, however I believe there are immutable laws of science that are irrefutable), what I call Natural Science.”
Suburban Spell’s music is a commentary on the fragility of suburban lifestyle, never-ending efforts to keep up appearances, and an exploration of society’s dark and fragile underbelly. This music is also a commentary about Endall’s own vulnerabilities in the urban landscape and the wider societal norms that interlace with politics, religion and pop culture.
As of May 23, ‘Natural Science’ will be available across fine digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where the ‘Falling Down’ EP can already be ordered ahead of its June 23 release.