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June 5, 2018

Another NZ Music Month has come and gone, and as per usual has brought with it much in the way of quality Kiwi music. I’m using this space this week to highlight four homegrown albums which deserve your attention, as much of the best music to come out this year has come from good old […]

May 28, 2018

My review of Make Way For Love in an earlier issue of Salient outlined that I am somewhat of a superfan of Marlon Williams, and his shows at the Hunter Lounge presented my first opportunity to catch him live. First of all, his choice of support act was nothing less than brilliant – Julia Deans […]

May 7, 2018

My Design, On Others’ Lives is the eagerly awaited first full-length project from Kiwi artist Estère, and it’s really bloody good. This record – some of which was previewed in an EP released at the back end of last year – follows her 2015 self-titled EP, and a series of performances throughout New Zealand and […]

April 30, 2018

Sex & Food is the latest from Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a group that has morphed into one of my favourite bands over the last few years. Their previous three albums are all stellar, and I still revisit them frequently, so I was pretty hyped for this new release. Sex & Food is probably […]

April 9, 2018

J: Tell me a little bit about how the last couple of years have gone between the two records? A: Even before Successor I’ve been kinda working towards this way of working where I am kind of touring and recording and writing as a sort of integrated process. I mean, they’re all kind of separate […]

March 26, 2018

The third full-length album from Scottish experimental hip-hop trio Young Fathers is one that has to be heard. Cocoa Sugar, the follow-up to 2015’s volatile White Men Are Black Men Too and 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning Dead, sees the group expanding their already stellar back catalogue, and taking their sound to new heights. My first impression […]

March 19, 2018

Superorganism’s self-titled debut, out on Domino, arrives just over a year after the release of single “Something for Your M.I.N.D.” – likely the starting point for anyone who has encountered Superorganism, or for those who will come into contact with them moving forward. I first heard the track on Frank Ocean’s “Blonded Radio”, as he […]

March 12, 2018

Everything is Recorded is the brainchild of Richard Russell, the owner of XL Recordings in the UK. Over the years, XL have produced massive records by the likes of FKA twigs, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, Vampire Weekend, Radiohead, King Krule, and Adele’s 19, 21, and 25. Not a bad track record at all. Naturally, Russell […]

March 5, 2018

Make Way For Love is the excellent second album from up-and-coming Kiwi gem Marlon Williams. This release follows his stellar self-titled debut from 2015, which outlined a disposition for new-school approaches to fundamentally old-school musical stylings in the country/singer-songwriter sphere. Williams possesses one of the most characteristic and stunning voices in contemporary music (might seem […]