Divide and Dissolve
Divide and Dissolve are an international First Nations band based in Naarm / Melbourne. Their live shows are powerful and uncompromising, and their recordings hold a rich sonic density that few acts can counter. Full of intent and purpose, the duo of Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill aim to break barriers and hold systemic privilege to account – they are a force to be reckoned with.
Their music selection for The Family album takes you on a journey through disparate genres, where indie rock sits side by side with soul and opera. The 15 tracks inspire new ideas and provide a better understanding of who has the power to create music, where it is drawn from and how the presence of sound, melody and lyric can enact change on a global scale.
Few bands use their voice and platform quite as powerfully as Divide and Dissolve. Mirroring the brash, bone-crushing potency of their dynamic drone music, the formidable Takiaya Reed (saxophone, guitar, live effects) and Sylvie Nehill (drums, live effects) carry their fight and their ancestors’ fight forward each and every day, using the power of their performances to draw attention to the ongoing battle against systemic oppression. As 2020 took hold, those struggles resurfaced in new and continually horrifying ways, yet Divide and Dissolve’s aim remains a simple one: to secure Black futures, liberation and freedom; demand Indigenous sovereignty; uplift the experiences of people of colour; and destroy white supremacy.