Marlin’s Dreaming – I’ll Stick By You – Audio

Marlin’s Dreaming, the New Zealand surfgaze quartet, released the single I’ll Stick By You on the 28th of August, which is taken from the EP Talk On/Commic coming out on the 18th.

Marlin's Dreaming - photo by @camhay_ photo

Marlin’s Dreaming – photo by @camhay_ photo

Raising even higher, what was previously, a high bar; in I’ll Stick By You (available on bandcamp)  Marlin’s Dreaming are able to create a song which has the hallmarks of a band who should already be well known globally and one can only cross fingers that the EP is able to secure that twist in fate for them.

Subtle shifts of pace and keys through the song change moods and shading in the composition. Anchored around a solid percussion the guitars are given room to display, akin to a peacock strutting, with bass maintaining forward progression with the vocal more than capably corralling the disparate elements of I’ll Stick By You.

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Plaines – From Silence – Audio

The New Zealand ambient-rock and visual arts collective, Plaines, released their eponymous LP on the 27th of August.

Plaines

Plaines

The softly brushed velvet textured album (available on bandcamp) which has a dreamy gauze through which the eight songs are filtered drifts slowly through the room settling gently on the ears.

Given the still waters which emerge from the speakers, it may be anticipated there is little happening under the surface, far from it, akin to a swan frantically paddling beneath the apparently effortlessly gliding body, so it is with Plaines who elegantly deliver what are complex underpinning sequences and structures.

The fifth song – From Silence would seem to be an appropriate track to introduce their work.

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The Beths – Uptown Girl – Audio

The New Zealand summerhaze quartet, The Beths, released the LP Future Me Hates Me on the 10th.

The Beths

The Beths

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which no matter the season pours bright sunshine through the speakers as the room fills with the sounds of fuzzy surf-garage good-time rock’n’roll.

Uptown Girl is the bright and breezy third composition.

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DEAF – TRUANCY – Audio

The New Zealand synth-rock quintet DEAF will be releasing their début and eponymous EP later in the year.

DEAF

DEAF

At present there is only one song around (available on bandcamp) which comes from the forthcoming release – TRUANCY.

There is a brooding darkness of overarching melancholia which drifts through the track which is counterbalanced by brightly lit vocal and glistening fret-board rotating around the two synths that holds a reference of retrospective to early Factory Records releases which enables the quintet to deliver a just over four and a half minutes reveal of haunting beauty and I look forward to hearing more in short order.

Those of sharper hearing may recognise the voice of Luke Kavanagh from the drone outfit Sunken Seas.

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Three Feathers – Know It Well – Audio

The New Zealand thermal-groove duo Three Feathers are planning to release their début LP this year.

Three Feathers

Three Feathers

Not a duo in an enormous rush, which suitably matches the songs which drift through the room as though riding an albatross borne on a warm current gliding over the oceans, as it was back in 2013 they formed, however it was not until April of last year that the first song – Make It Good –  was made more widely available and on the 16th the second – Know It Well (both available on bandcamp).

Pull up a comfortable chair, settle back and let yourself be encircled in the soft folds of Three Feathers.

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