Vinyl LP £14.99 ARIEL7DC016
LP on Weatherbox.
CD £9.99 FISH006
New Zealand pressing, CD on Fishrider Records.
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I've been properly enjoying this young Dunedin-based band's début album of late, our beloved old sage Clinton was also rather taken with their truly pure and slightly feral nature. They originally came together in a small isolated North Island city of NZ called Gisborne which I sadly neglected to visit when I went over there but they have since relocated to the legendary music capital of the South Island to perfect their craft. You'll find yourself really touched by their dreamy, wonky lop-sided songs which have the original wild NZ spirit in spades. Main singer Lucy has a lovely voice indeed and these off-kilter tunes have a wondrous zinging propulsion and tenderness that you will just not find in the majority of bands outputs. Like all great groupings of eager free minds its hard to pinpoint exact influences but imagine a merging of that innocent spirit of 60's beat pop, raw indie grooves, demented new wave with a frantic indie party spirit and a carefree unhindered soul. Really, words can't do the swirling heartfelt drive of this album justice and now I can understand why the guitarist gets a bit erm...carried away towards the end with some exuberant bluesy riffing on the last couple of tunes, there's no stifling this three-pieces eager enthusiasm for throwing wonderful pop shapes into the cosmos. Apparently Mark Riley has been caning these large style so get involved. If we run out there may be a longer wait for re-stocks as New Zealand ain't exactly next door (but it is very close to my heart).
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