Since 2006 Canberra’s Spartak have been exploring the outer reaches of indie rock, improvised jazz, electronic music and modern composition, combining a broad palette of delicate melodies, free percussion, processed sound and found textures. Starting out as a duo consisting of core members Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian, Spartak released three acclaimed albums; Tales from the Colony Room via Shoeb’s own hellosQuare recordings, Verona via English label Low Point, and most recently Nippon via the New Weird Australia’s New Editions imprint.
After touring extensively throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan the duo reached a crossroads, uncertain of which direction to take the project. This was compounded further by the creation of a new project called Savages which focused on more traditional song structure and bringing the vocals of both Shoeb and Evan to the fore. It became apparent that this new direction was a perfect fit for Spartak, so the decision was made to dissolve Savages and expand the Spartak line-up to include Savages member Matt Lustri.
The trio spent the next year and a half honing their unique brand of forward thinking minimal electronics, the first signs of which came via the impressive single Catch/Control released in early 2013 through hellosQuare. Influenced by Kompakt, the LA beat scene, Shackleton, Hood and noisy synth based dance music the trio began to apply these influences into their music. They also analysed their individual roles within the group, ultimately deciding what would service the song best and not limiting themselves to their previous roles and instruments.
Five Points is the culmination of these efforts, representing a huge leap forward in both song writing and production. The EP features synth by electronic artist Raus – who also assisted with song writing duties on Consistence and On Conditions – and award winning English composer/singer Hannah Peel (The Magnetic North, John Foxx and the Maths) who contributes backing vocals for On Conditions.