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July 23, 2018

Corduroy are a locally based independent neo-soul group with links to Victoria University, having formed through the halls of residence last year. Their sound hints at something bigger than a humble jam-band between mates, however, and their new debut single “The Usual” is a testament to that. “The Usual” showcases a sound that positions Corduroy within […]

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 21, 2018

Taylor Swift: country music star turned pop princess, turned media controversy, turned dead, came back to life as… a snake queen? Bad-Ass Bitch? Culturally and sonically black-appropriating white girl? Maybe all of this is true, maybe none of it is. But the fact is, you know her, and you cannot escape her nor her music. […]

May 14, 2018

Modern pop music has evolved dramatically since the turn of the century, and don’t we know it! We can all recall the Spice Girls and NSync in their heyday as the pop kings and queens of MTV. A decade before them though, were musical innovators Eurythmics and Duran Duran, whose sound was something so contemporary […]

May 14, 2018

Is this the end? Have we reached a colossal moment of oversaturation where nothing created has the capacity to sound truly individualised? Objects are only recognised in tandem with other objects, and without the former, we have neither. We can only identify space not through its appearance, but through the filling of the gaps. But […]

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 16, 2018

The common responses I get at the mention of WOMAD are, “isn’t that just a weird hippie festival?”, and “I don’t know any bands on the lineup”. Firstly, since when were weird hippie festivals a bad thing? Secondly, yes, but that is exactly the point. WOMAD is a festival that traverses the globe, and is […]