ALBUM REVIEW: Bic Runga – Close Your Eyes

This is Bic Runga’s fifth album in two decades and comes as she is inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. A collection of covers and two originals, it finds her tipping her hat to some of her influences, from the obvious to the obscure. Both originals (the title track and Dream A Dream) are lush rhythmic pop songs with tropical noir textures while … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Bic Runga – Close Your Eyes

ALBUM REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not

When people drop the needle on the record, insert the CD or click play on their phone and hear the distinctive roar of dense and distorted guitar on the new Dinosaur Jr album a great number of them will think “this sounds like just another Dinosaur Jr album”. That was my gut reaction on first listen. All the components are there. The symbiotic fusion of … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not

ALBUM REVIEW: Ghost Wave – Radio Norfolk

Three years on from their debut Ages, Ghost Wave sound a wholly more authentic and lived-in proposition. Ages sounded like the sum of its influences (UK indie, Krautrock, NZ 80s alt-guitar pop) and they mastered them exceedingly well, but Radio Norfolk takes those sounds further and deeper, co-mingling and cross-pollinating with more sonic grit and subtlety. Psychedelia has permeated music strongly in recent years, much … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Ghost Wave – Radio Norfolk

INTERVIEW: The Laurels

THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHEDELIA & BREAKBEATS The Laurels have re-emerged from the studio with an adventurous take on their brand of psych rock that takes influence from both Primal Scream and Public Enemy. Singer and guitarist Luke O’Farrell takes Chris Familton inside the creation of Sonicology. “I went a bit nuts, we all went a bit crazy in the studio working on these songs “ … Continue reading INTERVIEW: The Laurels

ALBUM REVIEW: Xylouris White – Black Peak

Many may have expected the collaboration between Jim White (Dirty Three) and Cretan lute player George Xylouris to be a one-off collaboration but now they’re onto album number two which features Xylouris singing on more tracks and the pair digging deeper into their primitive jazz and post-rock sense of musical adventure. The mood of the album varies from languid to visceral. ’Forging’ is a galloping … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Xylouris White – Black Peak

NEW MUSIC: ROYA – End Times

Roya is a six piece band from Brooklyn with a strong pedigree: singer Rahill Jamilifard fronts Habibi, drummer Hamish Kilgour is a member of legendary band The Clean, Jay Heiselmann is from the critically acclaimed Grooms, and bassist Alix Brown is previously of The Lids, Jay Reatard and Golden Triangle. This is their latest release, to mark theUS political events of the last 24 hours. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: ROYA – End Times

NEW MUSIC: The Tambourine Girls Preview New Album

The Tambourine Girls are releasing their self-titled debut LP this week and in the lead up they’ve posted a lyric video for the album track ‘Ignaz Semmelweis’ and a video interview with frontman Simon Relf chatting with Marcus from Spookyland about some of the tracks on the album. The Tambourine Girls were formed by Relf (formerly of Deep Sea Arcade) and signed to Chugg Music before … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Tambourine Girls Preview New Album

NEW MUSIC: Bad//Dreems – Mob Rule

The Adelaide lads have turned things around pretty quickly following the long awaited release of Dogs At Bay last year. They’ve again worked with producer Mark Optiz and engineer Colin Wynne in their Melbourne studio, recording their upcoming sophomore release. The first track to come from the new album is the single ‘Mob Rule’ which hits a big gonzo chant of a chorus, sonically taking … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Bad//Dreems – Mob Rule

ALBUM REVIEW: King Creosote – Astronaut Meets Appleman

Scotsman Kenny Anderson has long dwelled on the fringes of indie and experimental pop music, releasing over forty albums that traverse a large expanse of creative terrain. His latest finds him exploring graceful and emotive music, drawing on electronic and organic instrumentation and positioned between the terrestrial and ethereal. The results are often moving and transportive, the unifying element being Anderson’s rich Scottish burr of … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: King Creosote – Astronaut Meets Appleman

LIVE REVIEW: The Smiths Tribute @ Factory Theatre (24/09/16)

Covering another artist can be either be an exercise in slavish re-creation of their music, an attempt to replicate it as accurately as possible, or an insightful reinterpretation of their songs, adding a new shade, a new flavour to the music. This night was a tribute to The Smiths, in honour of the 30th anniversary of the band’s album The Queen Is Dead and we … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Smiths Tribute @ Factory Theatre (24/09/16)

FILM REVIEW: Once More With Feeling

Music documentaries often follow one of a few common narratives, whether documenting the rise (and often) fall of a band or musician, or following the making of an album or tour. Once More With Feeling fills a couple of different roles in that it acts as a preview and scene-setter for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ new album Skeleton Tree, released the day after … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Once More With Feeling