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Music

October 8, 2018

Generally by September/October, I feel like the race for Album of the Year has usually run its course. Yet, every year without fail, some phenomenal project will pop up and complicate my list. Noname — of the flourishing Chicago scene, and collaborator of Chance the Rapper, Saba, Smino, and more – is one of my […]

October 1, 2018

Performing at the sold-out Wellington Opera House, Courtney Barnett demonstrated her international success and experience: blending dreamy indie-rock with a punkier sludge, supplemented by plenty of energy and volume. The third and final show in the NZ leg of her international tour, Courtney rocked the venue for two hours, and left us wanting more. Since […]

September 24, 2018

Around a month ago, legendary Kiwi rapper Tom Scott released the self-titled debut from his new project Avantdale Bowling Club. This record presents a sonic shift towards a cosmic jazz influence but, at the same time, embraces and furthers the same sense of autobiography, realness, and honesty that has made Scott’s work in Home Brew, […]

September 17, 2018

Given the theme in Salient this week, I thought it would be prudent to look back at some of the seminal releases from a genre that encapsulates physicality, romance, sensuality, swagger, and charisma. Neo-soul is a genre I gravitate towards when listening to music, or discovering artists from years ago, and I think it dominates […]

September 11, 2018

Aotearoa has a diverse and small music industry, with many successful exports and a sometimes-hidden or soon to be discovered local talent. Yes, there is Stan Walker and the like but there is also much more to be discovered in the slightly less mainstream spheres. I’d like to draw your attention to two important Māori […]

August 20, 2018

Followers of Anthony Fantano’s YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, will be familiar with his YUNOREVIEW section, in which Fantano reviews various albums he didn’t manage to get to in a full review context. As we approach the mid trimester break, I thought I’d make my own version of Fantano’s segment. The Internet – Hive Mind […]

August 13, 2018

The Beths have gained a lot of hype in the media of late – especially in Rolling Stone and Stereogum, who have been raving about the re-release of 2016’s Warm Blood EP and the band’s latest singles. To celebrate the release of their debut full-length album Future Me Hates Me, I sat down and had […]

August 6, 2018

Lil Xan is a much-hyped cloud trap artist from Los Angeles. Boasting more than 220 million plays on Spotify for his single “Betrayed”, he is arguably a hot topic. His trap influenced sound continues to play on lavish renditions of drugs, money, and poor representation of women. “Xan” comes from the addictive prescription pill Xanax, […]

July 30, 2018

Lost & Found is the debut from British up-and-comer Jorja Smith, and follows her appearances on Drake’s More Life and the soundtrack from Black Panther. I especially remember her interlude on More Life being particularly captivating, so went into Lost & Found with high expectations – especially having heard none of her advance singles. I […]