Fresh from the Body & Soul Stage at Electric Picnic 2015, Plutonic Dust are a four-piece, Irish electronic group that embody the essence of live sound. Nitelife’s very own, Darragh J. Mullooly, awarded them the number three position in his top 10 acts not to miss at EP15, and all reports indicate that they did not disappoint.
The band have enjoyed a summer of live performances, making an appearance at Castlepalooza, Body & Soul, and Vantastival; and their popularity at festivals is no wonder, their music was made for the stage and demands the presence of a live audience. The six tracks available to listen to on the band’s website offer an insight into what an audience might expect at one of their shows: pulsing synth beats, contrasting funk guitar and effortless vocals – all combine to produce authentic electronic music that stands out.
The first track available on their website, ‘Sharing You’ opens with steady and rhythmic beats that give way to a little bit of slowed down funk guitar dubbed with synth, creating a strong foundation for the vocals that follow. Veronica Moran’s vocals are relatable and very human, as she sings about not wanting to lose herself, or her own identity, something all listeners will empathise with in today’s dog-eat-dog world. ‘Rain Talk’ has the same meaningful vocals set to the background of interesting guitar sounds and experimental synth beats. The contrast between the three creates an intriguing ‘can’t turn it off’ sound that most current bands lack.
Song number three, ‘Noetic Vision’ sees the vocals become more piercing and distant; while the guitar plays that same almost 70s funk that is clearly a selling point for the band. The keyboard synth presents a recurring two-bar rhythm that adds subtle depth to the song. There is a faint Crystal Castles air to this tune.
‘Triangulate’ ups the funk and disco factor, in a tune that dares anyone listening to try and not tap their feet. They shall fail. Plutonic Dust experiments with more complicated rhythms paired with strong, passionate vocals that bring the song back down to earth. This is the song guaranteed to get everyone at a gig moving, and marks the band as their own musicians with their own sound.
Song five doesn’t disturb the pattern of the funk, but the lyrics really take the forefront here. ‘Kill for Gold’, isn’t just a great song title, but a great song that gives an example of the vision these musicians have to combine such meaningful vocals with the contrasting funk and disco beats like they do. ‘Losing Control’ rounds off the album with an opening that screams Kraftwork and vocals that echo Ian Curtis. The song is a hint darker than the rest of the album, with pulsing synth not dissimilar to a church organ, and less funk than the previous tracks.
While Plutonic Dust have a very definite sound, within that sound they experiment and change to ensure they are not predictable or boring from track to track, which is a hard thing to master. As good as these songs are through my speakers, I can only imagine the atmosphere and spectacle created when performed live. For anyone who can’t wait for next summer’s festival season where the band will be a sure fixture once again, the PT lads play Rocktoberfest @ Monroe’s Live, Galway next month.
Top Tracks: Noetic version, Losing Control.