Chakra Efendi emerges with an anthem for the disconnected, ‘Waste of Space’, premiering via Laundry Echo this week.
Having already amassed a dedicated following in far-reaching corners of the internet, prolific 18-year-old wunderkind Chakra Efendi shares his first official release, ‘Waste of Space’. Attracting streams of 100K+ on a series of demos on SoundCloud, Chakra Efendi’s uniquely forthcoming, noise-tinged brand of lo-fi pop has been steadily connecting with pockets of fans around the globe. Coming to further attention last year with a collaborative track with Memo Boy, ‘Insomniac’, the Brisbane based artist’s characteristic sullen-yet-uplifting soundscape meets heavy-lidded lyricism in this debut, ‘Waste of Space’.
“I wrote ‘Waste of Space’ during a part of my life that I was experiencing dissociation for the first time. I was completely oblivious and uneducated as to what it was that I was feeling”, Chakra Efendi explains. A seldom acknowledged topic often disregarded as a symptom of approaching adulthood, the track traces “a very confusing time where my world was a constant blur of artificial people and scenarios that seemed as if they had been written as the plot for a bad sitcom.”
Chakra Efendi expands to a four-piece live, consisting of Marli Smales (bass), Thomas Hobbs (guitar) and Fin Marx (drums) and in their short existence, the band have supported the likes of GUM, Crywank, Good Boy, I Know Leopard, These New South Whales and featured on bills for Gizzfest, Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and Against The Grain festivals. If a debut single wasn’t exciting enough news for the young Brisbane artist, he can now add a manager to his team, in the form of Mucho Bravado’s own Aisling Kissane. Garnering a reputation as a must-see live act and with more music on the way, 2018 will witness the burgeoning sonic coming-of-age of Chakra Efendi.