Street Chant - 'Pedestrian Support League'

Street Chant - 'Pedestrian Support League'

I've written and deleted this post a number of times, and decided I simply cannot do any greater justice to this song than the songwriter themselves, who penned an excellent article, care of The Pantograph Punch. The song is awesome, btw.…

Centre Negative - 'Change Is The Most Sincere Kind Of Apology'

The opening track to Centre Negative's new album Emotion Is Cringey threatens the listener who compares his sound to that of Flying Nun's excessively-lauded catalogue with a swift death. This kinda set's the tone for the whole record - an emotionally charged, politics-on-the-sleeve challenge to lazy critics of New Zealand music (all), who will inevitably compare pop acts to Lorde, comedy to Flight Of The Conchords and guitar bands to…

Aporia - 'Enfant Kind'

Aporia - 'Enfant Kind'

I can't quite put my finger on what draws me to this band. Actually, that's not true. I know exactly why. I have touched on 'soundcloud culture' and my issues with it in a previous post, the immediacy and loudness of a towering majority of new music, released to sate our ever-diminishing attention spans and huburis-like desire to be "on the buzz". Aporia seems like a reaction to…

Tennis Champ - 'Losing You'

Tennis Champ is quite possibly the least-hyped producer in Auckland. Living in the cultural vacuum that is Waiheke island (cc: David Farrier), Tennis Champ has avoided all Auckland clublife influences, alowing him to be, frankly, very fucking good. A chillwave producer for people who still don't know who YUNG LEAN are, or even care where Slow Magic happens to be pretending he's an extra from 'Where The Wild Things Are'.…

Wurld Series - 'Oh Well'

Wurld Series - 'Oh Well'

Wurld Series fuckin' rule. Basically nothing online 'cept this video. Which is shot on VCR. Which rules. I'm not gonna spend paragraphs comparing them to 'the Dunedin Sound', or 'mid 2000s era Guided By Voices' because that's shit. Lo-fi vibes from quite possibly the most fucked city in the country, that against all odds manages to spit out decent bands with morbid frequency. Generally, when touring in NZ, it's like…

Anthonie Tonnon - 'The Songs of Your Youth'

Anthonie Tonnon - 'The Songs of Your Youth'

Anthonie Tonnon - known for his enviably infectious stage presence, truly nails this one to the floor. Tonnon's live show plays out much like that of a deft standup - decades of experience in life, love and failures inform his songs, the way he moves - everything. Watching him deftly dissect the smallest social dynamic, to the largest political corruption scandal, with such efficacy, one feels a sense of privilege…

Fazerdaze - 'Reel'

Fazerdaze - 'Reel'

A bedroom project of Auckland's Amelia Murray, Fazerdaze has gotten a wealth of well deserved press of late. Her songs sparkle with an ineffable glean of simplicity, masking some heavyweight craftswomanship. Each songs manages to catch you unawares, at the very point at which this listener figures he "gets it". And, to me - 'Reel' is the absolute pinnacle of Murray's understated prowess. Beginning with a motorik-like drum…