Former Mint Chick Kody Nielson produced Bic Runga’s new album, Belle, and his distinctly skewiff pop aesthetic can be heard across its ten tracks. Sam Wicks visited Runga’s Mission Bay home to listen in as the partners in love and music interviewed each other about the collaboration and Nielson's new project, Oposom.
Following up one of the biggest local debuts in recent times doesn’t seem to trouble the heavily tattooed singer-songwriter Gin, who seems to be breezing through the process of releasing that difficult second album. Nick Atkinson caught up with the hard-working, well-travelled performer to find out if there were any bumps in the road recording her new album Gravel And Wine.
This gregarious gent is another guitar-wielding soldier marching out of the rubble of Lyttelton. Fresh from a tour with The Harbour Union and packing his brand new long-player Hope Holiday Puffin talks to Kirsten Johnstone about his second album, which was recorded at the second home of Cantabrian musicians, The Lab in Mt Eden, Auckland. "I've had a couple of goes making this album" says Puffin within the liner notes to Hope Holiday. "I realised my role was writing and singing, not leering over everyones shoulders" reflects Puffin, who's adopted a more collaborative approach, giving producer Wayne Bell and Guitarist Jol Mulholland scope to bend the tunes into new shapes. He's also enlisted the help of Andrew Keoghan, guitarist Brent Adams and Victoria Girling-Butcher.