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Fledge takes flight
Ben Campbell’s nascent Christchurch creative co- operative Fledge is showing a bit of muscle. The former member of Zed and Atlas, who now channels his music into House of Mountain, is a mentor for the New Zealand Music Commission and a director of Fledge Records – and now he has found chart success with Jed and Hera’s debut album, Live At York St
Album review: Long Way Down – Tom O’Dell
LONG WAY DOWN Tom O’Dell (Sony) The BRIT’s critics choice winner, who spent a year of his childhood in New Zealand, is the best kind of everyman songwriter. Somewhere in between the soaring and earthy vocals, where a song such a Hold Me, has Beatlesque influences and throbbing piano flourishes O’Dell shows he has the touch of a classic tunesmith about him on a debut album which is unfashionably accessible, self-aware and confident.
Fly My Pretties announce Homeland Tour cast
Fly My Pretties has introduced many breakthrough musicians over the past decade and once again, the Homeland Tour brings together a cast of fresh and established talent to join founder, Barnaby Weir and past members of the collective. With a cast that reflects a diverse mix of New Zealand’s musical landscape, the Homeland Tour welcomes: Anika Moa,
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Re-wired electric hustle
Album review: Flight From The Insight – Into the East
FLIGHT FROM THE INSIDE Into The East (Rhythmethod) A lot of New Zealand artists could learn a thing or two from Into The East. The Southland duo of Graeme Woller and Liv McBride have been refining their craft for the past nine years and have finally released their debut album which McBride says “had a mind of its own and we knew it had to be realised”.
Talking ’bout home with Rudimental
Album review: Sing To The Moon – Laura Mvula
SING TO THE MOON Laura Mvula (Sony) UK soul siren might not have anything particularly unique to say – let’s face it we’ve all heard about a love that didn’t belong – but there is something unique about the way she says (or rather, sings it. Her debut album is full of beautiful phrasing, gospel choir leanings that make for unusual arrangements and a voice that’s pure and resonant in the way that fans of Jill Scott or, dare one say it Nina Simone, might relate too.
Westaway shrugs off death threats
Not even death threats on social media can dampen Nic Westaway’s enthusiasm for playing Home And Away newcomer Kyle Braxton. “It was kind of playful,” says the 24 year old, brushing off the hate messages he received from some of the show’s fans after his character kidnapped half-brother Casey (Lincoln Younes) and kept him tied up in the Australian outback.