The processed vocals and minimalist beats of the opening track on the debut album from Wellington teenager Eddie Johnston – aka Lontalius – suggests we’re in for a tasteful but safe collection of modern pop: after all, he first came to attention with his YouTube cover versions of chart hits and is a big fan of EDM .
Tom Cunliffe claims that being given a guitar for his 19th birthday got him hooked on folk and country music. And as both genres are so crammed with history and cross-references, no apology is made here for making comparisons to Cunliffe’s debut.
Picture a New Orleans street brass band, in which a bass clarinet player and a trumpeter are so lost in the music that they fail to notice that have taken a wrong turn and are now separated from the rest of their fellow musicians. But when they do belatedly realise what’s happened, they play on regardless, this time marching to their own tune…
In the past, the beloved Wellington groovemeisters have tended to write and road test their songs on the road before committing them to disc.
Anyone lucky enough to catch Tami Neilson’s wonderful tour a few summers back with her mum and dad would have got a glimpse of just how close the singing family were. Her father Ron died unexpectedly in Canada earlier this year so it’s not surprise that his passing casts a pretty big shadow over this, the award-winning country/roots singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album.
The cover art actually best sums up the transformation Princess Chelsea has undergone since her superb debut Lil’ Golden Book. Whereas her 2011 offering depicted her as a slighted unhinged-looking fairytale heroine, on her latest The Great Cybernetic Depression she looks more like an elegant extra from an 80s synth pop music video.
With the future of X Factor New Zealand still up in the air, the irrepressible beatboxer and singer may turn out to be our last winner. If that turns out to be the case, Beau Monga makes for a fine swansong for the show.
This Kiwi trio – who divide their time between New Zealand, New York and Paris – are technically purveyors of club music, but there is not a lot in the way of big bangers.
In the second half of the ‘60s, Larry’s Rebels were the biggest Kiwi pop group around, racking up a string of hits during their short three year existence.
The name of this intriguing Auckland four-piece is both exotic and very down-to-earth: New Gum Sarn apparently means “New Gold Mountain’’, but is also the name of Chinese supermarket they know just off Karangahape Road.