Thematically, Shrines deals in abstract fantasies; it’s subject matter which (sadly) would lend itself well to some semblance of sonic variance. They paint a landscape which is bathed in a creeping, brooding aura by lush synths and pitch-shifted echoes.
I have been an enthusiastic Unwound fanboy for just over three years. Having spent that long lamenting the obscurity in which they languish, I feel honour-bound to grant them the exposure they deserve. Unwound formed as a trio in 1991, with their core line-up consisting of a vocalist/guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. Compensating for their lack [...]
Watershed moments come few and far between for musical genres. 19 days ago the notoriously homophobic hip-hop and R&B had one of those moments, when Frank Ocean became the first major artist to come out, revealing himself to be bisexual through a beautifully poetic letter posted on his Tumblr page. The coming out of Frank [...]
Die!Die!Die! are one of the few contemporary New Zealand bands that need little preamble. In the course of their illustrious career they have produced a consistently excellent oeuvre of noise-pop nuggets; they’ve toured Europe and the Americas; they’ve worked alongside Steve Albini (who in turn has worked with the moderately well-known Nirvana, say, and The Pixies).
Since 2010’s Forget, Twin Shadow—the brainchild of George Lewis Jr.—has found another gear. In Confess, Lewis’ has developed, diversified, and found a sound than was never present in his debut. The album opens with the totemic ‘Golden Light’, powerful drums and synths which give way to heavily distorted guitars in the next track. The combined [...]
Wellington rapper Paul Williams got himself a tad lost on the way to the VBC, so I told him not to talk to strangers and tracked him down. Paul has made a name for himself over the past few years with his distinctive local take on the hip-hop genre. With a strong kiwi accent and [...]
From the opening track ‘Dedicated To (Intro)’, when rapper Tom Scott dedicates the album to “the fuck ups and crack fiends, the drop outs and drag queens” and many other social outcasts, you know that Home Brew is going to hold a unique and important place in New Zealand’s hip hop legacy. The first half of the [...]
Tenacious D return with their third album full of all of what you would expect and more. The cover art of Rize Of The Fenix looks like a doodle out of the scrapbook of any kid with obsessive compulsive penis drawing disorder, the phallic imagery is very prominent. The band are once again taking the [...]
For the uninitiated, Dub FX (nee Benjamin Stanford) is a travelling street performer who uses loop stations and electronic distortion to create astounding bass lines which he, in turn, raps or sings over. The result is nothing short of excellence: with a range like Pavarotti and with beat boxing like King Homeboy, Dub FX has [...]