Getting Down With Australia’s Finest: Surf Dad

For some time now I’ve been infatuated with the sheer quality of music that comes out of Australia’s prominent, underrated, and diverse music scene. A lot of great music going over people’s heads or creating waves off their radar is coming from the land down under.

In honor of the Aussie’s creative knack, I’ve decided to cover a few producers, bands, and artists who I feel are really putting out great stuff. While they may not be big stateside just yet, these acts are some of Australia’s Finest. This week, we’re diving in with ambient electronic duo Surf Dad – who actually share a dad, as the duo is a brotherly one.

They caught my attention as many Australian acts do; through the widest of world webs. All it took was one click on SoundCloud and three minutes later I was hooked having their 2014 golden joint “Honey” on repeat for the rest of the summer.

In a land where kangaroos outnumber humans two to one, Surf Dad’s music makes sense of it all. The tunes are atmospheric, imbuing a sense of dull anxiety that, depending on the mood, can be either relaxing or engaging. The music relies on the listener’s input and concerted effort as much as it does the musician’s output and skill.

While their trajectory is unknown, the bedroom producers seem content drifting through artistic progression outside of the spotlight. With a light blog presence and little physical product, Surf Dad takes on the DIY mantra with the understated elegance of a straight-A slacker.

Australia’s scene is known for its usage of effects and aural saturation. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker breathes new life into to guitar pedal boards with his psychedelic leanings, while acts like Miami Horror and Client Liaison uses the ultra modern EDM production toolkit and combine it with sleek songwriting to distill retro styles into contemporary danceable pop.

Surf Dad’s appeal is less shiny, relying on the verbed out ethereal sounds that create works equal part song and soundscape.

And of course, you can check ’em out on Soundcloud.

Eric Cullen is a multimedia artist and musician, known as Cully on the stage and in the hearts of many. When you're done reading his wonderful musings on music, art, and culture you can check out his music on Soundcloud under the moniker Coolest Cully.