Civil Union - "Seasick, Lovedrunk"

Civil Union - "Seasick, Lovedrunk"

At the time of writing this, I have not had the pleasure of seeing Civil Union live. One fact, I hope to change in the very near future. Seasick, Lovedrunk is a swampy, insane dirge of a record. The album is scary as hell. And I love it. Released through Christchurch boutique label Melted Ice Cream, Civil Union's debut feels lived in, considered, and perhaps most of all, conveys a…

The Beths - 'Whatever'

A band of jazz school graduates....playing...powerpop? What is life. It's thoroughly encouraging to see an Auckland band favour songwriting and good times over hype & 'coolness'. Not to say this band ISN'T cool. I'm just saying they have a song about Rush Hour 3. Which takes some balls! The Beths are all about well chiseled arrangements, rockin' guitar, unrivaled BV's (now that the Everson's have left town), and…

The Nae Nae Express - 'Dream State'

The Nae Nae Express - 'Dream State'

The nascent momentum of any Nae Nae Express track hits like, well an oncoming train. Sorry. Extended Player, the first proper release from the band follows lead single Sea Anenome, whose infectious jangle manages to place the words 'polyps' & 'cnidocyte' in the same breath. The EP goes on to tackle subjects as varied as classic New Zealand train journeys, mental health, space, cricket & bees. Dream State in particular…

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…