Artist Profile: Luckless

Posted 1:49pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Luckless is a self described “two-piece melodic, neurotic, melancholic indie rock band from Auckland.” Having just released their sophomore album, Critic's Adrian Ng catches up with songwriter Ivy Rossiter to talk about her group's new record. Was there a moment that made you want to do Read more...

Download of the week: Strange Harvest - Astronaut [NZ]

Posted 1:49pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Strange Harvest are a local duo who make haunting, beautifully textured, electronic music. “Astronaut” is a chilling, down-tempo, pop song that features majestic sounding keyboards and wonderfully noisy guitar playing. The soundscape is wondrous and full of static and strange machine-like chugging. Read more...

New this week / Singles in review

Posted 1:49pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Iceage - How Many “How Many” is the third single from Copenhagen-based band Iceage, who are right on the cusp of releasing their third album, Plowing Into The Field of Love. Where first single “The Lord's Favorite” had a twisted, country influence and second offering “Forever” seemed Read more...

Ha the Unclear - Bacterium, look at your motor go

Posted 2:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Rating: A- After releasing a handful of lo-fi pop albums, EPs and singles under the moniker Brown, no one suspected that the Dunedin/Auckland quartet was gearing up for a drastic makeover. In December last year the group released “Apostate,” the first single from Bacterium, Look At Your Motor Read more...

Download of the week: Bandicoot - Happy Talking (NZ)

Posted 2:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Perhaps one of the most important releases in the history of alternative New Zealand music, this little EP from short-lived Auckland three-piece Bandicoot really put the spotlight on local DIY music and influenced a handful of musicians in the process. A four-track explosion of noisy, lo-fi, Read more...

New this week / Singles in review

Posted 2:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Lydia Ainsworth - Hologram Whilst a student of film scoring, Canadian artist Lydia Ainsworth was secretly working on songs for her upcoming debut, Right From Real. “Hologram” is the first single to drop from the intriguing new artist. “Hologram” is an ethereal, piano-based, pop Read more...

Zola Jesus - Taiga

Posted 3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Rating: A- For me, it's always an interesting little storyline when a mainstream pop artist decides to make a more adventurous, more authentic, record. When they feel that urge to break out of their contrived pop shell and validate themselves as true artists and not just a product of the Read more...

Download of the week: Fazed on a Pony - Alone / Mary like me (NZ)

Posted 3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Fazed on a Pony is Peter McCall, a talented songwriter who is also part of two great Dunedin bands, Yawny and the Apocalypse, and Dasepo Girls. Over the last month or so he's released two singles, “Alone” and “Mary Like Me.” This is hopefully a precursor for things to come. His laid back, Read more...

New this week / Singles in review

Posted 3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Ariel Pink - Put Your Number In My Phone Ariel Pink is an experimental pop musician based in Los Angeles, known for his prolific nature and his pioneering of lo-fi home recording during the earlier stages of his career. “Put Your Number In My Phone” is the first single to drop from Read more...

Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

Posted 5:04pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Rating: B+ There was a period in the early to mid-2000s when the word that best summed up Ryan Adams was “prolific.” The man released a staggering 12 studio albums during a ten-year span. I'm not even counting the numerous bootleg albums and EPs circulating the web. Of course, the quality of Read more...

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