PREMIERE: Immerse yourself in the many entities offered in Body Corp’s ‘Soft Expression’ EP
Featuring sound recordings from a Japan trip that have been sitting in the backburner for the past seven years, Body Corp revisited these sentimental beings upon returning to the extraordinary Asian country; only to find that their unique body spoke of a timeless nature, and could only be weaved into this debut body of work.
Already sitting proudly amongst vinyl collections in its physical form, Body Corp (aka the solo work of Marco Vella who also happens to be one third of Retiree) will make the digital release of Soft Expression available for stream and purchase this Friday, 27th March through Melbourne imprint Soothsayer. Lucky for us all though, we’ve been given the first listen right here on Purple Sneakers!
Our nomadic beat develops in opening track ‘Landing’, finding solace through a soft synth motif made malleable by its rippling pool of flow; a body of water punctured by the daring trunks of wild grey elephants as they harp their loud song from afar.
Staring down into its altered pool is soon compromised, for the light of day steps down to filter in the charm of fallen sky, and the playful jungle in the eve. Engulfed by the wicked of Luna’s antics, nature takes all to throw our nomad into the deep of the dense and leafy safari.
Metal blades contact the aluminium surface of title track ‘Soft Expression’, offering the glimmering, transient ricochet that stutters throughout. Accepting the strike as harmonious rather than combat, an opaque beat boosts the space, opening the ceremony of makeshift flute patterns and a tonal collage to register as language; immersing the human form, exercising full body movement. Purple in colour with spots of sweet blues, roll out your shoulders and poke the air with all of your limbs for this dance.
Crawling through the thick fog of uncertainty, the streets hold only immobility, and yet nowhere feels quite deserving of your trust. Your wits are about you, yet your mind feels tangled and is programmed with fear, that even used cars and dirty street bins look to be sporting some sort of front.
You pick up the pace as you climb up the hilly avenue, sweating nervously and panting heavily, constantly checking your surroundings for the threat that precedes you. That is until you reach the top, and are all at once consumed by the view of your city’s overwhelming populous playground. Almost completely engulfed by the chaotic mess that is artificial lights, towering apartment blocks, the mass stampede swarming long charcoal highways and obnoxiously competitive billboards, you all of a sudden come to; fighting heart with fugitive instinct in the running of ‘Negative Reaction’s tireless mission.
Pushing thumb to button, the flickering sound of gas with no delivery teases the chef of ‘You Don’t Know’s old terrace kitchen. Repeating the action to find only motionless grim, shuffle through the third pull-out drawer in the hope to find the aid to ignition. Throw aside a pack of rubber bands, a roll of tin foil and a few pairs of scissors of all different sizes, and a small red Bic lighter should appear.
Returning to the stove top, roll the steel wheel down to hit the red plastic lever by side of the ceramic plate, as it catches onto the gas to produce a flamed ring of large yellow and purple gradient before you. Bending in its bountiful density, the destiny of this meal requires humility, so angle the dime of control halfway down in an anti-clockwise motion. Gleaming at a level of poise, the calm blaze dictates the atmosphere, and we’re curious to know what’s to be cooking.
Speaking to Purple Sneakers about the release, Vella said, “Soft Expression EP is a collection of dance tracks I’ve been working on over the last 7 years. They’re inspired by the many different stages and fun/happy experiences I’ve had – I hope you can hear it in the music 🙂 It’s been a long time coming, so I’m so excited to be able to share it with you!! Special thank you to Soothsayer for putting their trust in me and in the release, FIO for the amazing and turbo remix, Komfy for always lending a hand and to my friends and family for the support ! <3 Marco”
Soft Expression is the debut EP from Sydney’s Body Corp, available now on vinyl and to be released digitally via Soothsayer on Friday, 27th March. Check out the EP on Soothsayer‘s Bandcamp.
Words by Hannah Galvin.
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