Australian shoegazer trio SENS DEP Shares new single “Luckless Hunter”.
SENS DEP (Sensory Deprivation) is a band that creates textured noise and sonic ruminations that explore ideas of control, restraint and abandon in equal measure.
Formed in 2009 by Andrew and Ben Yardley as a side project for Melbourne band Laura, the group’s long-awaited debut album Lush Desolation will be released on the 30th of November 2020.
SENS DEP comment: “The title was inspired by the nocturnes of Frederic Remington whose mysterious work (which you can check out here) filled with moonlight and firelight which has connected with many via hardwired knowledge of the subtle anxiety that comes with night and darkness.
Luckless Hunter gets its sense of place from the hunting shack in which it was recorded. Yet this place and the pure tones are offset and detuned by manipulated tape post recording confounding as Sens Dep’s focused approach to capture the colour of night.”
SENS DEP initially created sounds to accompany visual media, including installations and a film commission but this slowly took on the form of a live band Retail Fireworks and saw the group add Guy Roche and Pat Fitton to their lineup. With a sound that shifted between effects-laden guitar drones, noise, and electronic beats, Retail played a string of specially curated live shows around Melbourne.
In recent years the group has returned to its original incarnation SENS DEP, with an emphasis on recording. Consisting of Andrew Yardley (guitar/ bass/ vox/ production), Ben Yardley (guitars/ field recordings/ production), and Caz Gannell (electric and acoustic cello/ general noise).