Ecca Vandal is fired up. “I feel like these are the rawest recordings I’ve made,” she declares with excitement. “There’s a vulnerability in there, and looking back, it really represented some of the things I’ve been going through over the past year.
The Melbourne-based, genre-defying, immeasurably talented artist is excited with good reason. She’s now more than a year removed from the surprise release of her debut EP – the then peak of her steady rise through the ranks as one of the most attention grabbing new acts in music.
Walloping first hit, ‘Broke Days Party Nights’ lands with the same ferocity of her very first hit, ‘White Flag’. Pulsating with the same frenetic percussion and angular, piercing guitar lines that populate the likes of Mars Volta’s ‘Inertiatic Esp’, but ‘BDPN’ retains Ecca’s signature, bombastic delivery as it rains down like a carpet bombing raid.
The otherworldly hip hop sound of ‘Your Orbit’. Featuring guest verses from the inimitable voice of Sampa The Great and co-written with the radar-detecting Darwin Deez, an intergalactic voyage through universes usually populated by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Outkast and Lauryn Hill. The result is unlike anything that exists in Ecca’s repertoire, let alone anything on the current Australian hip hop landscape, but it’s definitely set to make those in it sit up at attention.
There’s plenty to absorb across Ecca Vandal the album’s truly original tracks – but each one builds upon and reinforces the next. What’s undeniable when you reach its end though, is that Ecca Vandal, the artist, sure has made it hard to predict the shape of punk, rock, and hip hop to come.