“We’ve never officially been in a band together until Slowmango, but we’ve certainly played a lot of music together, collaborated on countless projects and played a big part in each other’s creative developments,” Adrian Schmidt Mumm says of his bandmate and visual artist brother Kaspar.
“It’s something we’ve been doing since before we could walk and talk.”
While the Schmidt Mumms’ creative worlds have overlapped before – Kaspar’s performance/installation works IMMI and The Flaming ‘O’ both prominently featured music by Adrian – the band marks a new step in that lifelong collaboration, joined by bandmates Aidan J Jones, Zeno Kordov and Matthew Morison.
“The concept of Slowmango was partially born from another project we’re part of, The Bait Fridge, which is an arts collective in which we play completely improvised music accompanying live art and performance,” Adrian explains. “I decided to actually write and develop songs in a similar vein, but with a twist of our international influences, and in April 2019 moved to the hills, locked myself in a small studio and got to work.”
Adrian’s isolation – a full year before everyone was doing it – eventually led to the group’s self-titled EP, tracked on a farm in Willunga with musician and producer Surahn Sidhu. Listening to the three five-minute-long jams that comprise the EP, the Slowmango sound evokes the kind of lost-and-found international grooves Australian listeners might usually hear via some boutique reissue label; music that comes with a vinyl crackle even on CD because it’s been dubbed from some rare LP.