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It’s been a long, strange trip for the girl born Melanie Garside, who found fame of sorts with indie noiseniks Tabitha Zu and her sister Katie “Daisy Chainsaw” Garside’s QueenAdreena, as well as Our Lady Of Miracles and Vertigo Angels, then spent time with female classical a cappella troupe Mediaeval Babes, before exploring polar opposite aspects of her character with Huski and Maple Bee.
“Music is part of what I do - it’s life food to me,” contends Mel, who works as a music therapist when she’s not pouring out songs. “I feel like a non-person without it. Music therapy is a funny compliment to it: it stops you being narcissistic and a navel gazer.”
It was in the mid-noughties that Mel began the two projects that continue to consume her to this day. She met Pike Galloway in 2006, and as Huski the pair released their first album, Love, Peace, Pain that same year, touring to promote it with Robots In Disguise, to much fanfare not least because of the latter’s connection with comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh.
In 2008, Huski worked on the fan-funded second album, Strangelove, featuring a photo mosaic of all the contributors on the sleeve. It has so far only been made available to a few online, and their 2012 follow-up, H, was going to be a reworking of it. H has turned out to be a brand new collection, with only three tracks from its predecessor, production from a duo called Psychemagik and artwork and a promo video for first single Sleep’s Over courtesy James Sutton, who has worked with acclaimed US rapper Kid Cudi.
Mel couldn’t be happier with the album and its lustrous, otherworldly but highly accessible electronic pop, giving much of the credit for the ambitious sonics to Psychemagik.
“Psychemagik work almost like sonar - they bring incredible sounds, almost like 4D,” she marvels. “They’re genius. The noises - the textures - it’s touchy-feely music. You want to get inside it and crawl around.”
Despite the commercial, cute, candy-coated synthpop of H, the themes are hardly chart-friendly: the title track, for example, is about “the death of innocence and idealism, and coming to terms with different perspectives on life”. Not surprisingly considering Mel and Pike are quite anxious people who “feed each other’s neuroses”, Huski are a deceptively intense affair. As Mel puts it, “We sound playful but generally the themes we deal with are quite dark”... .