The New Zealand surf-gaze quartet Marlin’s Dreaming released their début LP Lizard Tears on the 27th.
Shimmering echoes drift slowly through the room in – Floating – the third of the nine tracks on the album. The solid dampened bass string provides the pivot around which that hazy vocal and guitars rotate while the quiet rippling cymbals takes the listener to a shore front on overlooking a sunlight calm-sea.
Floating is reflective of the album which has a tempered jazz undertone the sense of a relaxing evening with friends at a riviera café whilst watching the world amble past.
The New Zealand trippy-rock outfit Paprika Jones released the single Playpen Profile today.
Paprika Jones – Photo credit – Shelton Leong
Playpen Profile (available on bandcamp) is an intriguing combination of mathematical-rock angularity nestled alongside jazz-influences and rounded out by shimmering reverberation and echoes giving the song a sense of simultaneously tripping-out on acid whilst buzzing on speed – a combination Paprika Jones handle with aplomb and leaves the listener looking forward to hearing more material in the near future.
The New Zealand alt-rock trio Tablefox released the EP Glass Houses on the 25th of May.
Tablefox – Beautiful Morning
A band featured since 2015 who are always able to send an envelope containing familiar, yet different, soundscape each time they proffer new material.
The five tracks on Glass Houses (available on bandcamp) being an example, whereby one track reaches back to last year and a title track that stretches to new chapters as an instrumental number. My selection from the release being the closer – Beautiful Morning.
The New Zealand synth-wave outfit Glass Vaults release the LP The New Happy on the 12th.
Glass Vaults – Photo by @funkypancake
From the album – Bleached Blonde – is the penultimate of the nine tracks and allows the guitar, which is normally more submerged, to take a pivoting funk presence around which the synths revolve, giving the track a summer-evening vibe.
The New Zealand alt-folk creator Re:Gretabull releases the single Strangers on the 5th of May.
For those who already know Greta Bull-Crossan from previous releases you will find a very different soundscape from previous material as Strangers compacts the open fret-work to deliver a more synth laden track.
For those who don’t know Re:Gretabull of pivotal point in the music is a singular voice which is able to wrest emotional context, without ever becoming saccharine, from the driest moment with a luscious softness to the vocal no matter where it is in pitch, enabling the compositions to unerringly extend across keys, both minor, major and octaves, leaving the listener in rapt attention.