SENS DEP create 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, SENS DEP initially created sounds to accompany visual media, including installations and a film commission.

 

SENS DEP 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, consisting of Andrew Yardley (guitar/bass/vox/production), Ben Yardley (guitar/field recordings/production), and Caz Gannell (electric and acoustic cello/general noise). 

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lush desolation

Recorded over four years in a tin shed, an alpine hunter's hut, concrete inter-zones, and the Tasmanian wilderness, 'Lush Desolation' is as much a product of the environments it was recorded in as the ideas themselves.

Lyrically the record dissects the relationship between humans and our environment and how that dynamic continues to change, often beyond recognition. 

 

"It's a challenging and transformative album, intimate and epic, a paean to the years of work that went into it" 

 

"A sonic tension underpins much of the album, a delicate balance that isn't always resolved."

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