Tag Archives: New Zealand

ANNA OF THE NORTH – OSLO (Pop/Indie – Norway)

Anna of the North

Anna of the North is a collaborative project between Anna Lotterud, an electropop artist from Norway, and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. The two happened to live in Australia a few years ago and they met at a show in Melbourne. They hit it off and started working together over Skype, which led to debut single “Sway”, released in 2014.

The song became an internet hit and was quickly followed by singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer”, “Baby” and most recently “Us”, which all together racked up over 40 million streams. Anna of the North also caught the attention of tastemakers such as Fader, NYLON or Noisey and picked up considerable airplay on Australia’s Triple J Radio and BBC’s Radio 1.

Released on Honeymoon/Different Recordings, brand new single “Oslo” was premiered in early January and is the official version of the track which surfaced online as a demo and has grown to be a fan favourite. It’s an icy, dark, chamber-pop tune which perfectly blends 80s tinged synths with beautifully delivered vocals.

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LADYHAWKE – WILD THINGS (SynthPop – New Zealand)

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Phillipa ‘Pip’ Brown, better known as the one-woman synthpop act Ladyhawke, has just released her third studio album Wild Things, her first new material since 2012’s Anxiety. Unlike previous hits “Sunday Drive” and “Blue Eyes” which were influenced by classic rock and quite guitary, the new songs ditch the brooding for a “more synthy and poppy” sound. “I instantly knew when something inspired me. That’s when we’d run with it,” she said of working with with producer Tommy English.

Wild Things is a slick, well-produced album which delves further into synth-pop territory than any of her previous work. With  massive hooks and infectious choruses galore, this exhilarating journey of unabashed exuberance is a powerful, vibrant expression of life.

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UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – MULTI LOVE (PsychPop/Indie – US/NZ)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is an American and New Zealand rock band composed of singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Riley Geare. The band was started by New Zealand-born Ruban Nielson and released their self-titled debut, inspired by insomnia and wild parties, in June 2011 on Fat Possum Records. It was followed by II (2013, Jagjaguwar) which won Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Released just a few weeks ago, Multi-Love is the band’s third and most revolutionary full-length to date. In Nielson’s own words, it is an album “about love and music and the world we live in right now. I wrote these songs about you, not about me. It’s not really a navel gazing record, it’s about celebration and the weird truth”.

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VIDEO : LADYHAWKE – BLUE EYES (Pop – New Zealand)

Following her multi-award winning self-titled debut album, Ladyhawke released her highly awaited sophomore album Anxiety last May to unanimously positive reviews. Check out the video for her brand new single “Blue Eyes”, filmed at the iconic Oceano Dunes in California earlier this year under the careful guise of director Jess Holzworth.

Want more? Listen to the first two singles taken off the new album “Sunday Drive” and “Black, White & Blue” here and here and grab a free remix below…

Ladyhawke - Sunday Drive (Villa Remix)     

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VIDEO : LADYHAWKE – SUNDAY DRIVE (Indie – New Zealand)

Kiwi songstress Ladyhawke is gearing up with the release of her sophomore album Anxiety, to be released this coming May 25th. In the meantime she has just unleashed upon the world the video for her new single “Sunday Drive”, which you can watch above.

Directed by Mat O’Brien, it was premiered by #1 fan Perez Hilton on Monday and it’s already making the rounds on the internet. “Sunday Drive” is dark and broody, yet still with that unmistakably catchy signature Ladyhawke hook.

Australian and New Zealand fans can catch Ladyhawke playing live in July. Visit her official site or Facebook for all tour dates and more details on the new album. Download the music on Ladyhawke