Music

The return of the Roots

The return of the Roots

Trin­ity Roots Cit­izen (Self-released) When beloved Wel­ling­ton group Trin­ity Roots ral­lied them­selves for a series of reunion con­certs in 2010, it became clear that the pub­lic weren’t that keen to let them drift away into the fog again. Five years and sev­er­al small line-up changes later, they unveil their third prop­er album. Driv­en by the core team […]

Movements

Movements

Pub­lic cri­ti­cisms of the estab­lished New Zea­l­and music industry aside, Ian ‘Blink’ Jor­gensen might be best known for organ­ising the well-loved Camp A Low Hum music fest­iv­al dur­ing the late 2000s/early 2010s, and run­ning Wellington’s excel­lent Pup­pies music ven­ue between late 2012 and early 2014. How­ever, when I first met Ian 15 years ago, he […]

The world comes to Taranaki

The world comes to Taranaki

Between 13 and 15 March, the New Zea­l­and WOMAD fest­iv­al returns to Brook­lands Park and TSB Bowl of Brook­lands in New Ply­mouth for yet anoth­er week­end of incred­ible music, arts and dance from across the globe. One of the most beau­ti­ful out­door fest­ivals New Zea­l­and has to offer, WOMAD also fea­tures food, arts, crafts and, crucially, […]

Taking it to Tokyo

Taking it to Tokyo

Fat Freddy’s Drop, live at Unit, Tokyo, 9/11/2014 At just past 1am on Sunday 9 Novem­ber, Fat Freddy’s Drop, our very own hi-tech soul stal­warts, took to the stage inside Tokyo’s sprawl­ing Unit base­ment ven­ue. Some­what sur­pris­ingly, it was the first time they’d ever per­formed in Japan. While in a sense they had a lot […]

Surviving the sophomore slump

Surviving the sophomore slump

Elec­tric Wire Hustle Love Can Pre­vail  (Okayplayer/Somethinksounds)    With their self-titled 2009 debut, Wel­ling­ton trio Elec­tric Wire Hustle paid homage to the rich tra­di­tions of Afric­an-Amer­­ic­an soul, jazz, hip-hop and mod­ern beats, while kal­eido­scop­ic­ally twist­ing motifs asso­ci­ated with these forms into some­thing they could call their own. Five years on, fol­low­ing the depar­ture of original […]

Legends and soon-to-be legends

Legends and soon-to-be legends

Fly­ing Lotus You’re Dead (Warp Records)   Almost every time the great Amer­ic­an jazz trum­peter Miles Dav­is released an album, it was worlds apart from his last work. And yet, while he con­tin­ued to explore, innov­ate and elev­ate for the major­ity of his career, regard­less of how it shif­ted or developed, you always had the […]

Blindsiding

Blindsiding

FKA Twigs LP1 (Young Turks) Young Jamaic­an-Eng­l­ish-Span­ish sing­er-song­writer and dan­cer FKA Twigs (real name: Tah­liah Debrett Barnett) has been com­pel­ling listen­ers and view­ers across the globe since 2013, when her EP2 record and mar­ket­ing cam­paign floored people through incred­ibly del­ic­ate, detailed and warm-hearted son­ics matched with ornate pitch-per­­­fect visu­als. With LP1 she expands on this, […]

Further afield

Further afield

Carsick Cars 3 (Maybe Mars) For their third album, Beijing’s Carsick Cars — per­haps the pre-emin­ent Chinese indie rock band — trav­elled to New York to record under the watch­ful ears of pro­du­cers Peter Kem­ber (formerly of Space­man 3) and New Zealand’s very own Ham­ish Kilgour, drum­mer to The Clean (pos­sibly the most influ­en­tial indie […]

Rattle and No Hum

Rattle and No Hum

 Jonath­an Cray­ford Dark Light (Rattle Records) Recor­ded in New York City last year, Dark Light sees nomad­ic New Zea­l­and pian­ist Jonath­an Cray­ford play­ing along­side Ben Street (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums), two of the most tal­en­ted and in-demand mem­bers of the new gen­er­a­tion of jazz musi­cians oper­at­ing in the Big Apple. Riddled with dark, brood­ing mystery, […]

July Music Review

July Music Review

Shunkan Honey, Milk and Blood (Art is Hard Records) As Shunkan, 20-year-old sing­er, multi-instru­­ment­al­ist and DIY record pro­du­cer Mar­ina Sakimoto cre­ates bed­sit indie-pop songs, which while drenched in an emo­tion­al register of solitude, are as expans­ive as great crash­ing ocean waves. Based in Inver­car­gill but ori­gin­ally from Los Angeles, Shunkan has just released her first proper […]