Welcome to the first of our new weekly posts and there are more to come on a range of different topics throughout the coming weeks as well.
This one, every Monday, sees us wrapping up the previous week's new additions to the store, such as the new Young Hellions EP, exclusive Grayson Gilmour pre-orders, Neil Finn's latest, and we've finally got our mitts on last year's album from Neko Case.
Not only does Wellington musician Grayson Gilmour have a new album coming out, its' release also ties in with a new feature to our store. Potential Vinyl Pre-orders! (We are working on a better title...).
Along with the release of his latest single, Lichtung, Grayson also announced his upcoming album Infinite Life! would be out digitally through Flying Nun Records on March 14 and is asking for your support to help see it pressed to vinyl.
So, because we all love vinyl, us, Flying Nun + Grayson are working together to hustle some funds via our new pre-order system. It's a little bit like crowd-funding and a bit like good old fashioned pre-orders. Essentially you can book a copy in advance and if the orders reach a certain number (in this case 100) - voila! It shall be manufactured.
You can pre-order a copy of Infinite Life! here, and Grayson is also offering a bunch of special one-off add ons for pre-order customers only, including a lyric zine, 7", t-shirt and a whole bunch of digital archives.
The self-titled debut EP from Auckland's Young Hellions is self described as; 'a haphazard experiment in creating a bigger sound – in four parts.'
After locking herself away for months, Maeve Munro (Cat Venom, The Bengal Lights), Young Hellions picks up where her first single as a solo artist, “Best Witchcraft is Geometry” left off – a maximalist approach to her song-writing and a unique take on the dense sound of alternative pop bands of her youth.
Recorded, produced and “mastered” from the front room of her humble abode, Young Hellions morphs Munro from earnest guitarist to hobby multi-instrumentalist, programming “shitty Garage band beats” and melding them with layers of synths, guitar and reverb. It’s homemade shoegaze with its fuzzy, rough-around-the-edges charm – perfectly imperfect.
I always thought the concept of 'music royalty' sounded weird (what would their crown look like?!?). But if anyone was to come close to such a title in New Zealans, it would have to be Neil Finn. There really is no need for an introduction, and now he has just released one of the most interesting and intriguing albums in recent memory.
Dizzy Heights (his third solo release) sees Finn enlist the help of his immediate family plus Taite Music Prize winner SJD and string arrangements by Victoria Kelly. Filled with 12 tracks that soar, and then free fall back to land Dizzy Heights is available on LP + CD from here.
PS. I also highly recommend checking out the video for the first single Divebomber
Not a new release as such, but a new addition to the store. C'mon don't split hairs now! It's the latest offering from Neko Case, complete with tongue-twisting title - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
Though released last year on LP + CD, we didn't want to miss out especially with her upcoming shows next month in Wellington as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival, and a sideshow at Auckland's Powerstation on March 14.
"Somehow, The Worse Things Get is Case’s tightest record and also her strangest. With its off-kilter arrangements and eccentric turns of phrase, it’s a world unto itself. If it has any contemporaries, they’re records like Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel… or Cat Power’s Sun-- the works of artists for whom “maturity” has not meant putting out that fire that Case sings so evocatively about chasing." - Pitchfork, 8.2
Final mention this week goes to the new release from Dum Dum Girls - Too True. Made in a New York apartment and two locations in Hollywood, Too True was produced by Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, the Go‐Go's) and the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wanger.
The much-anticipated follow up to 2011's Only in Dreams and last year's strong End of Daze EP, it's 10-tracks of dreamlike sensuality lives up to it. Describing her inspirations for the album, front woman and songwriter Dee Dee asks; "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold‐wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."
Plus as an extra for all current and potential Dum Dum Girls fans we now have their back catalogue available on LP + CD here.
Till next week, enjoy.