You need to listen to Notes From Under Ground’s ‘Even on a Sunny Day’ before the end of the decade
06.12.2019

You need to listen to Notes From Under Ground’s ‘Even on a Sunny Day’ before the end of the decade

Notes From Under Ground
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Words by Leland Tan

Notes From Under Ground is Aussie musician Lachlan Caskey. The moniker is a cheeky wink to Dostoevsky’s novella about a man facing alienation from the nooks of his existence. While the book can make for confrontational reading, it’s almost analogous to Caskey’s references to his own history, a musician making sense of different existences throughout his life journey.

The track delivers sentimental synths and moody progressions throughout. Coupled with Caskey’s naturally sombre voice — made even moodier in post-production — the lyrics which the singer himself labels “cathartic” is a comfortable marry between darkness and light.

From its first play, ‘Even on a Sunny Day’ sounds as if it’s recreating Caskey’s scene in Rome out of a mental canvas, something he’s fond of doing with his Notes project but is less able to do so in his main hustle as the lead guitarist of flowery indie outfit Last Dinosaurs.

It’s no matter, as half the band’s recent album was produced by Caskey and the influences are palpable (see: ‘Italo Disco’). Both play to different energies, but this brooding outlet spells more than just a side endeavour, and I’m hoping more releases see the light of day.

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