02 Witch Port by JustMusicSouthAfrica published on 2014/06/23 14:33:47 +0000 If you had stopped by the studio when Bye Beneco was recording its debut full-length earlier in 2014, you would have stumbled on a scene littered with clues about what Space Elephant would eventually sound like. Softly sparkling fairy lights. Persian carpeting with a piling so plush you could easily sink into it. A splayed out traditional Japanese Wagasa umbrella. And, at the heart of it all, a shrine to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with a dimly lit world globe as its centerpiece. It was the perfect setting for the creation of a defiant, South African-hewn flag bearer for music that defies easy categorisation; for an album that’s at once welcoming and inviting, and explosively experimental and thrilling. Those who have been following Bye Beneco since the Johannesburg-based band emerged in 2013 will know that creating a debut album that falls outside simple catch-alls like Indie-Folk or Indie-Pop is befitting for this musical collective. Through a growing slate of live performances (including Oppikoppi 2013) and gripping videos (“On The Line”), Bergen Nielson (drums, guitar), Lenny-Dee Doucha (vocals, guitar), Jenny Dison (vocals, percussion) and Matthew Watson (drums, percussion, guitar) have emerged as willing to explore sounds and words without constraint.