Meet Sydney-based duo Micra, who just dropped an exciting new single, Plastic
Two people brought together by chance, now making some lush psych/dream-pop.
Header image by Rowland Martinez.
Micra is the combined forces of Bulgarian-born singer/guitarist Ivana Kay and Australian multi-instrumentalist Robbie Cain, who met by chance seated next to each other at an Unknown Mortal Orchestra show. And that band is probably a good starting reference, with some Ariel Pink and Tame Impala thrown in for a mish-mash of psych- and dream-pop which you'll get lost in on latest single Plastic.
It's early days yet, but we're tipping this exciting duo for big things, and sent them a few questions to learn a little more. Take a gander and listen to Plastic below:
Tell us about yourselves?
We're a duo based in Sydney, Australia. We met at an Unknown Mortal Orhchestra gig in 2016. A year later we reconnected playing a show together in separate bands. Soon after we met up at a café and went back to Robbie’s place to track some vocals. We knew we were onto something after that first session.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
Our take on indie-rock/dream-pop with lots of synthesizers, ambience and guitars. We love lots of different types of music and try and squeeze it all into our songs. It ends up sounding pretty maximalist, but hopefully with some pop sensibility too.
Most of the time, Robbie will make a bed of music and I will find melodies. Once we get a vibe flowing things tend to happen pretty quickly. We like starting songs using synths, but try to keep things fresh so it's always different and inspiring. There's also a lot of files going back and forth via the internet so that we can always be sharing ideas and collaborating. The final step in our process has been taking the track to our good friend James Christowski who can give us the objectivity we don't have and take the songs to a new place.
Can you tell us about your new single, Plastic?
Plastic was the first piece of music we ever worked on. Robbie sent it to me over email right at the beginning of the project. It's about the feelings associated with breaking the mould and taking control over what you want to do with your future. We re-recorded the song a number of times with completely different feels and sounds. It was a long process but we're happy with where it came to!
Any shows coming up?
The plan is to do a run of shows early next year!
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
We're going to bunker down and finish a longer body of music to release next year. We've got heaps of recorded material to sift through and finalise.
Where can we hear more of your music?
We'll have something to share in November. After that, early 2019.
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