Mildlife reach the stratosphere with the squelchy psych of “Rare Air”

Australia’s Mildlife landed with the excellent Phase a couple of years ago, but they’re about to take off once again with a new album called Automatic, due in September. Today they’re giving us a taste of what to expect with the seven-minute single “Rare Air”.

They say the song is about “longing for clarity in the suffocating grip of everyday tedium. Wondering what life could or will be but trying to be present despite the temptation to endlessly pontificate every decision.”

Mildlife take a similar approach to insecurity as their compatriots Tame Impala; off-hand and a lot cooler than most of us. Instead, they let their instruments do the talking, and on “Rare Air” that comes out in an explosion of psych-noodling and free-jazz-like exploration, all held together by the percussion underpinning it that subtly shifts into a tropical mode mid-flight. This rhythm ensures that you can wriggle with delight all the way through “Rare Air”, from the measured ascent, to the gorgeous cruising, to the cloud-swirling lusciousness, and into the spectacular landing.

Mildlife’s new album Automatic lands on September 18 via Heavenly Recordings. You can follow the band on Instagram and Facebook.