Ghost Wave

The garage rock outfit Ghost Wave from Auckland in New Zealand contains Eammon Logan, Matthew L Paul, Mike Ellis, Jamie Kennedy and Andy Frost.

Ghost Wave - Garage Rock from New Zealand

Ghost Wave

Ghost Wave float the notes airily across the room before they settle in the ears where they go to work in a blend of echo, delay and fuzz creating sounds that beguile the listener with their rolling rhythms.  Before you know it half an hour has passed in a state of hypnosis.

The combination of psychedelic rock and ’80s indie provide the audience with sounds that hold them in rapt attention without being aware of it. The tracks in the main are fairly brief which comes a surprise after hearing what seems like airy spaces, which is a testament both to the songwriting skills and the technical ability of the players. The lack of formulaic structure allows the pieces of music to flow through a full story from end to end, giving it a more languid feel.

Inside the distinctive sound that is Ghost Wave the band is able to generate different textures by playing with tempo and effects giving them a broad area of discovery and each iteration is a delight of music filtered through gauze.

A recent LP, the ten track Ages (which is available on iTunes*), should see the band raising their international profile to fans of garage rock.

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Sherpa

Sherpa is Early SansBen JackDaniel Barrett and Vince McMillan – an alternative indie band from Auckland in New Zealand.

Sherpa - alternative indie from New Zealand.

Sherpa

There is a retrospective ’60s feel to Sherpa. The music calls to mind glass blowing, as the molten silica is formed into recognizable shapes. Sherpa deliver a slightly fuzzed undercurrent that, as it develops, winds in to focus and the music takes on distinguishable formations.

Easy to engage with and immediately engrossing the quartet have a decent handle on song writing and composition. Their earlier work, despite its undoubted strength, I am left with a slight feeling of the munchies, akin to eating a Chinese takeway – satisfying, but – the hunger pangs arriving soon afterwards. The reason for this is the frequent lack of a well defined percussion and bass line, which as regular readers know, I often need, to shape the out-put. Sherpa benefit by bringing these lower registers more easily accessible to the listener, as they do on their recent  single – Love Films, which sadly I am unable to share with you.

I am hoping that Sherpa continue with this sharper definition in the forthcoming LP as it raises them to a far higher plane and a space which gives them a far stronger impact. It will be interesting to see if the quartet have transitioned to a more powerful sound as the single would indicate, or whether the single is a one off – time will tell.

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Lesser Flamingo – Sherpa is available on iTunes*.

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