Jonathan Bree – Valentine – Video

It was back in 2015 that the New Zealand melancholicwave creator Jonathan Bree last featured.

Jonathan Bree - Valentine

Jonathan Bree

Word arrives that a new LP, Sleepwalking, is on its way shortly.

The third track to surface from the album – Valentine (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp) – is of slightly less dour countenance than music previously featured, though that does need to be taken in context when listening to the song, with the track having a retrospective ’60s feeling with its analogue effect sadcore demeanour.

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Anecdata – Antifaxxers – Audio

Anecdata is a synthrock project from New Zealand.



Back in July I was sent an introduction and only now have I reached that email, though with fortune the LP You Do Not Do which was released this month (available on bandcamp), means I am almost current, though sadly once again I am once again a few days late to getting round to getting a feature written, my apologies to one and all.

A glorious revolution of synthesis drifts through the room to the accompaniment of sharply turned bass loops, extended guitar and electro-vocals resulting the listener is immediately minded of Sparks, as the audience articulates limbs akin to a retro velvet beaked nodding duck water-feature gizmo.

If, like me, you are in the Northern Hemisphere you can safely turn off the heating before hitting play as the warmth, from my pick of the release – the third of the eleven tracks on the album – Antifaxxers – permeates the room with the raising ambient warming temperature being palpably discernible.

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James Carter – These Days (feat. Zoe Maxwell) – Audio

The English EDM producer James Carter recently collaborated with the singer Zoe Maxwell from New Zealand.

Zoe Maxwell

Zoe Maxwell

The resulting track The Days, which was released earlier in the month, is an ambient luscious wave of piano, electronica, a sprinkling of guitar and a superlative voice which encircles the listener inside a warming cocoon of drifting silk and interspersing, though not overbearing, drops – affording the song an organic layering.

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James Carter

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These Days (feat. Zoe Maxwell) – James Carter is available on iTunes.*

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Jas Josland – Lie To Yourself – Single Review

The New Zealand rocker Jas Josland released the single Lie To Yourself today.

Jas Josland

Jas Josland

Lie To Yourself is steeped in classic rock’n’roll in a song that swirls through the room with a flourish as the energetic composition launches the listener on to the dance floor to shake with the pumping percussion / bass combinations as the guitar prowls like a stalking panther whilst the vocal threads from a growling menace to intricate melodic sections.

A talented musician who, deservedly, has already had the opportunity to play internationally and Lie To Yourself can’t but help to build on a growing reputation for being able to create and deliver good time rock and in a world of many divisions, shining a positive light is extremely welcome.


Lie to Yourself – Single – Jas Josland is available on iTunes.*

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Marlin’s Dreaming – Floating – Audio

The New Zealand surf-gaze quartet Marlin’s Dreaming released their début LP Lizard Tears on the 27th.

Marlin's Dreaming

Marlin’s Dreaming

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.

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Lizard Tears – Marlin’s Dreaming is available on iTunes.*

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