'Vibrio', the debut release from Sydney producer SCAM, offers four love songs written for bacteria and molecules. Examining geosmin, luciferase, slime mold, mushrooms, THC, morphine and other companions, the EP zooms in on human encounters with our microscopic kin on Earth to explore the emotional terrain of inter-species and inter-chemical intimacies.
Sonically, 'Vibrio' injects OTT emotionality and TMI sentimentality into robust and playful rhythms. On EP opener 'Host' a floaty late-noughties R’n’B lead winds around a TED Talk snippet declaring our collective status as microbial hosts. 'Crumb', made with producer and vocalist Seayams, contrasts the symbiotic beauty of bioluminescence with the biopolitical strategies of anti-injection blue light. Another Seayams collaboration - 'Tetra Crush' - narrativises the search for water and longing for rain so fundamental to our species as assisted by our long-term crush, geosmin (the bacteria that contributes to petrichor: the smell of rain). 'QQ' closes with bouncy drums over looping samples from a recording of the bio-electrical activity of slime molds — essentially an invitation for slime molds to come out on Friday.
A rose-tinted trip through oft-overlooked intimacies between us and our non-human collaborators in Life, 'Vibrio' suggests that these entanglements are every bit as flirtatious, devotional and co-dependent as our human relationships.
The EP was written and recorded on Darug and Gadigal land where sovereignty was never ceded. Vibrio drops on Friday 12 October 2018
Cover photography and design by Oliver van der Lugt