Enigmatic Geko AKA Phil Gektor makes up one sixth of formidable Melbourne label Crate Cartel. His new album, titled Real Heads Don’t Listen, is out today.
Entirely self-produced, Geko has poured his contrarian genius into the album, ensuring every detail has purpose. Consistent with his previous work, Real Heads Don’t Listen further explores Geko’s underground ethos and his satirical take on mainstream society and commercialisation.
“I don’t listen to what’s being played on the radio or what’s current, so it’s probably a bit of a time capsule.” – Geko
Using samples as his muse, Geko’s production and lyrical themes evolve organically. The album’s overall gritty, trippy feel resembles its creator’s cynical obscurity.
“I employ a lot of dirt and grit in the mix which goes against a lot of people who try to make their music sound nice professional and expensive.” – Geko
In the track Get Fucked, Geko voices his unwillingness to submit to society’s expectations. The song has an apt punk aesthetic, and is driven by its urgent tempo. With its ‘80’s style production, Disobedient is about adventures whilst driving intoxicated, and been pretty self-satisfied about doing it.
Featuring heavily chopped psychedelic samples Philip Seymour Hoffman is the tale of a man being arrested and taken to a psych ward, shortly fleeing the country on an airplane. Though dark, and sometimes confronting, Geko’s music is a brilliant account of a solitary man who is at odds with the narrow format of mainstream life. In ways, his music is a selfless offering to those of a similar disposition.