Melbourne-based synthwave/darkpop artist Suburban Spell (aka Peter Endall) has shared his new single “Natural Science“.
The track features on his upcoming EP ‘Falling Down’, named in reference to the long-term outcomes of bad choices and giving into guilty pleasures, due to be released on June 23. Pre-order it here.
Suburban Spell music combines the austere beauty of Kraftwerk, 80’s melodic sensibilities, driving rhythms and also some noisy grind thrown in for good measure. Influenced by the heyday of new wave and 70’s-80’s electronica, his music carries the beautiful imprints of artists such as Ultravox, OMD, Visage, Jean-Michel Jarre, The Cars, Gary Numan and New Order. Having re-emerged on the music scene as Suburban Spell, Endall has found his niche, especially in modern Australian electronica.
Peter’s previous band Schizo Scherzo was active in the heady days of Melbourne’s 80’s music scene, playing alongside acts such as The Eurythmics, Pseudo Echo, Real Life and Fergal Sharky.
According to the press, Natural Science is a statement on the weight of scientific evidence and the powerful push by doubters to challenge such knowledge based on baseless contradictory viewpoints.
Speaking about it, Peter says:
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.
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.
Stream it below.
Finally, 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. It 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.
Falling Down EP Tracklist:
- Falling Down
- Salvation Army
- Bright Gold Cross
- 12 Causes of Pain
- Natural Science
- Side Car