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Spotlight: Esc

by / September 12, 2011 / 1 Comment

Ahhhh, Melbourne. Home to Lord of the Fries, Brunswick Street and a heck of a load of Kiwis who’ve recently mished it over for greener grasses (seriously, is EVERYONE moving there?). And bands. In fact it seems that the number of bands it’s housing currently outweigh their native koala population. Self-described ‘happy-noise’ act Esc hails [...]

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Spotlight on Collarbones

Spotlight on Collarbones

by / July 25, 2011 / No Comments

Australian duo Collarbones are an unusual pair. Sydney-based musician Marcus Whale collaborates with Travis Cook from Adelaide by sending and resending parts of a track over the net until they are satisfied with the outcome. Their self-stylised genre ‘loser pop’ might in fact be a nod to the amount of time they spend behind the screen away from social contact in order [...]

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Spotlight on Sheep,Dog&Wolf

Spotlight on Sheep,Dog&Wolf

by / May 30, 2011 / [ 2 Comments ]

Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up who’s doing the musical rounds, locally speaking. Some artists don’t make it past their first video (will our children appreciate Dei Hamo’s ‘We Gon’ Ride’ as much as we did?), and others stick to their guns/drums. And speaking of which, Daniel McBride from the former teen-sensation Bandicoot didn’t solely [...]

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Spotlight on Jack Hooker

Spotlight on Jack Hooker

by / May 16, 2011 / No Comments

Recently, I have found myself really, really disliking the acoustic guitar. This is probably the after-effects of out-living the West Auckland party circuit, in which every second person is guaranteed to be able to ‘play guitar’, and would promptly swing into Metallica’s ‘One’. This would be shortly followed up by one of Bob Dylan’s many [...]

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Spotlight on Orchestra of Spheres

Spotlight on Orchestra of Spheres

by / May 9, 2011 / No Comments

You know those bands and artists you get really, truly excited to see? The kind of band/excitement where you start flapping your arms manically and actually take off your woolly socks to go out on a night when it’s pissing down and you’d much rather sit in bed watching 17 Again? Sure, you may be [...]

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Spotlight on Forest Spirits

Spotlight on Forest Spirits

by / May 2, 2011 / [ 2 Comments ]

Kia ora, kids! In light of New Zealand music month, the next few Spotlight segments will be focusing upon the music that currently thrives or is moving up our local music scenes. I’m aware that the previous articles have been geared towards finding music offshore, but I’ve probably been doing an injustice to those doing [...]

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Spotlight on Jamie Woon

Spotlight on Jamie Woon

by / April 4, 2011 / No Comments

In light of the recent surge of solo artists appearing with little more than a delay pedal and their voice, British musician Jamie Woon seems to be making headway on a global scale. Prior to releasing his 2008 single ‘Spirits’, written solely for voice via a Line6 DL4 loop sampler, Woon, like many others before [...]

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Spotlight on Zwischenwelt

Spotlight on Zwischenwelt

by / March 28, 2011 / No Comments

‘Zwischenwelt’, or ‘Between Worlds’, is a collaborative project between Gerald Donald (alias Heinirch Mueller) and lady-trio Beta Evers, Penelope Martin, and Susana Correia. As the name might suggest, the group models themselves on the otherworldly, shown mostly through dark enigmatic bass lines which meet Evers’ stark and drawling European vocals. The single ‘Enigmata’ appears to [...]

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Spotlight on Ghoul

Spotlight on Ghoul

by / March 21, 2011 / [ 2 Comments ]

For those of you still experiencing post-Camp a Low Hum depression/a love-fad with anything from Australia, the Sydney-based electronic beat-ambient band Ghoul should demand your attention. Don’t be fooled by their self-proclaimed genre listing ‘pop’ on Facebook—this is an alternative band that demonstrates the ability to seamlessly cross-genre and still keep a style that is [...]

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Spotlight on: Amalia

Spotlight on: Amalia

by / March 14, 2011 / No Comments

Think late ‘80s, early ‘90s funk and disco dance music. Think of the clothing worn by Will Smith’s counterpart DJ Jazzy Jeff in the beloved series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Think swag meets synth-cheese and you may have a rough idea of what to expect from Toyko Dawn Records’ latest release from Canadian [...]

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