Human Intrusion – “High Fever”


Australian act Human Intrusion bring forth a murky rock envelopment on “High Fever,” flaunting ’80s and ’90s inspirations with post-punk, goth, and new-wave allure. The Naarm/Melbourne-based project comprises Penny Walker-Keefe and Lewis O’Brien. They are joined in live performances by Jess Maio (Ramona Sky) on drums.

Nocturnal guitar pulses — with shades of The Chameleons UK — escalate into a passionate expansion, prior to the vocals’ emergence. The gradually unfolding vocals show patient precision amidst the nocturnal bass developments. “Still breathing, heart beating,” the vocals let out, pushing into wordless enthusiasm alongside the again-prominent guitar-based atmospherics. The title-referencing segment oozes consuming dark rock nostalgia, with ’80s post-punk and ’90s alt-rock spirit.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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