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Modicom first appeared in the shifting atmosphere of Adelaide’s music scene in
mid-1998, when singer Nathan Korotkov and guitarist Sam Reid from local pop outfit
wendyhouse, began a concentrated songwriting effort with cellist and vocalist, Zoe
Barry. The three produced a unique sound that was often described as a type of
‘experimental baroque’.

Their musical chemistry was immediate and the three began playing regular live

shows at local subterranean nightspot, supermild. Modicom presented an interest-
ing departure from much of the music that was being played in Adelaide at this time,
with unique cello arrangements played over Reid’s unorthodox guitar signatures
and Korotkov’s commanding baritone. Their songs swept between sounds that were
murky and dark in places, but which were carried by a rhythmic undercurrent and a
sense of hope.

Modicom expanded to become a five-piece during the recording of The Icestorm in
early 1999, but they never released their album before disbanding suddenly at the
end of that year when Korotkov and Reid moved interstate to pursue other interests.
Now, for the first time, the Modicom time capsule has been opened. Enjoy.

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