This week’s selection includes the talents of Tiny Ruins, Baked Beans, Paul Kelly, Jerry Paper (with Weyes Blood), The Beths, Yowler, Trouble Boys and one classic of an oldie courtesy of The Doors.
TINY RUINS – HOW MUCH (MILK!)
As Courtney Barnett keeps on with the kicking of goals abroad her Milk! roster continues to expand back home. The latest addition is Auckland’s Hollie Fullbrook. As Tiny Ruins, she’s making herself known to Milk! acolytes with the brooding ‘How Much’. Her latest arrives laden with guitar-driven melodrama and teeming with cinematic grandeur.
BAKED BEANS – SLOW (FLIGHTLESS)
Think the early ‘70s. Think hard rock. Black Sabbath? Been done. Zeppelin – pffft! C’mon, don’t even start. But Uriah Heap? Some have tried to translate them to a modern context but few – wait, none – have ever pulled it off. Except? Except these Bakers.
PAUL KELLY – WITH THE ONE I LOVE (EMI)
Lyrics piercing in their simplicity, this sounds like the makings of another classic record.
JERRY PAPER AND WEYES BLOOD – GREY AREA (STONES THROW)
With Weyes Blood's Natalie Merring along for the ride, lo-fi Maverick Lucas Nelson cuts dreaming moments of baroque pop. Strolling in upon a light touch of funk, Nelson’s and Mering’s vocals flutter amidst the spaced-out keys. ‘Grey Area’ unfurls with a sublime feeling before evaporating in a moment sudden in its absence of resolution.
THE BETHS – YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME (DEW PROCESS)
Like Tiny Ruins, The Beths hail from Auckland. Here principal creative force Elizabeth Stokes throws her folksy charm afront a hard rocking band. Kinda like Frankie Cosmos, but with a grungier kick.
YOWLER – WTFK (DDW)
This song’s fantasy is of miring glooms and broken-hearted discos. The leading singler from Yolwer’s forthcoming LP, ‘WTF’ plays out like a transmission from ‘80s label Some Bizarre arriving 30 years too late and finding its feet in modern trappings.
THE DOORS – HELLO, I LOVE YOU (RHINO)
Jim Morrison was a demagogue, a wild child and a drunken poet. That’s the legend. But he was also an LA hitmaker, at least when he wanted to be. Following on from ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Hello I Love You’ hit #1 on August 3rd, 1968, Waiting For The Sun followed close behind it.
TROUBLE BOYS – I DON’T CARE (PISSFART)
Texans Trouble Boys are coming Down Under and in celebration of the fact PF are re-releasing the group’s first two cassettes. Dirt rock without question. Hot ‘n’ greasy.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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