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October 16, 2017

Grayson Gilmour released his album Otherness in July this year, his third to come out on Flying Nun but the latest in a much larger string of solo releases, soundtrack work, and band projects. Grayson has carved out his own sonic niche, creating an incredibly intricate and original sound that makes genre comparisons quite tricky. […]

October 2, 2017

Womb started out as the solo project of Wellington musician Charlotte Forrester, but has evolved into a collaborative project with bandmembers Haz Forrester and Georgette Brown. A few weeks ago Womb released “Feeling Like Helium” — the first single from their upcoming album Like Splitting the Head from the Body. It’s a steady guitar-centric piece, […]

August 7, 2017

Ohney is the solo project of Auckland-based musician Leith Towers. Farewell Lester Square is the second four track album Leith has released this year, following Sweet Aromas which came out in April. Musically, both records are tricky to define, blending elements of electronic music, jazz, folk, and indie rock, all with a very proggy and […]

July 17, 2017

I was working the camera at a livestream for 95bFM up in Auckland when I first saw Fazerdaze play. It was in the middle of a 20 Bands in Two Hours event for the NZ music show, a little over halfway in. Amelia Murray played a semi acoustic version of “Shoulders” (having only named it […]

May 22, 2017

Glass Vaults released their second album The New Happy last week, following their first full length Sojourn in 2015. The new album was recorded over the last two years in Blue Barn Recording Studios out in Mount Cook. The band is originally from Wellington with members now spread out to Christchurch and Auckland. Frontman Richard […]

May 15, 2017

Shoegaze is a strange genre, named after the fact that bands spent entire shows staring down at the guitar pedals at their feet instead of looking at the crowds they were playing to. It’s a kind of music particularly laden in clichés, sad guitar playing, and average poem-writing teens expressing some personal emotions probably a […]

April 3, 2017

Kraus has been kicking around the Auckland underground scene for quite a while now, frequently dropping albums of lo-fi psych rock instrumentals recorded with homemade modular synths, tape drum loops, and guitars running through fuzzed out effects boxes. His stream of steady releases has gained the attention of international indie labels and his latest record […]

March 13, 2017

Ex-Wellington resident Skymning has left for London and dropped his latest EP Nestled Between Vast Depressions as something of a parting gift. Skymning has been making music in Wellington for around five years now, with steady Bandcamp releases since his 2012 album 1993. A stalwart of the local scene, he’s collaborated with the likes of […]

March 6, 2017

Dunedin musician Kane Strang released his self-recorded debut album Blue Cheese on Flying Nun in 2015. It’s pretty straightforward indie rock, but underpinned with some excellent pop songwriting and Kane’s particular knack for writing dismally sad but incredibly catchy lyrics. Kane had also released a very good album (since removed from the internet) A Pebble […]