In all the excitement over the release today of Lorde’s ‘Green Light’, the first single from the Grammy-winning New Zealand artist’s much-anticipated new album, it would be a pity if these other important local releases – also out today – went unnoticed.
Grayson Gilmour – Hundred Waters
Wellington’s Grayson Gilmour has composed for films, played for math-rockers So So Modern and made his own multi-layered solo albums, but he puts his most pop foot forward on this lush and upbeat cut from his next long-player. Here's the title track 'Hundred Waters' in 360 degrees video form:
Nadia Reid – Preservation
American music industry bible Billboard says this Dunedin-raised singer is “saving folk music.” The rich, beautifully detailed songs on her second album explain why. Here's a live version of the song 'Preservation'.
Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See
The Dunedin sound isn’t dead, as this splendidly jangly track proves. While Strang tours North America with his band, we get this taster of his forthcoming album.
Thomas Oliver – Shine Like The Sun
Last year’s Silver Scroll winner evidently has more mellow soulful songs in his pocket than just the infectious ‘If I Move To Mars’. Full album due in April.
French For Rabbits – The Weight Of Melted Snow
Not officially due for release until the end of next week, but Nick Bollinger has a listen to the second album from Wellington’s dream-pop quintet in The Sampler this week.