A track named after any children’s TV show, let alone one so beloved as Bamzooki, has some pretty big boots to fill. Luckily for Leeds 4-piece Uncle Buzzard, a wonky-psych odyssey will do just that.
Drawing on jazz influences, flirting with multiple time signatures and throwing in a skittering synth line just because they can, debut single ‘Bamzooki’ is a whirlwind of activity. Like an early Unknown Mortal Orchestra if they’d fiddled with retro synths rather than noodling guitar lines, it’s an inventive and warped take on lo-fi psych. Frontman George Manson’s vocal lines melt and droop, lazily reclining over some seriously scatterbrained rhythms like a VHS left in the sun. They’re Leeds’ answer to Homeshake.
One of many stand out cuts from Bowl Cut Records’ newest compilation, Dead Trim, Uncle Buzzard are proof that Leeds is still the place to look if you’re after something new. It’s easily the front runner for a Bamzooki reboot’s theme song – your move, CBBC. The track is premiering below alongside an equally hyperactive video.
Lead photo: Robyn Clements