When Reuben Samuel Winter (Waitaha/Kāi Tahu/Te Aupōuri/Te Rarawa/Ngāti Kuri) passed away in September 2020, he left a hole in the New Zealand music community that will never be filled. But like the generous soul he was, he has left behind a glorious gift to us all in Milk III.
Milk III is not the last album that Reuben recorded, but it is a masterpiece and a culmination of a life immersed in music. A life spent experimenting in a plethora of eclectic genres, and constantly leading the charge of weirdness from the vanguard of the New Zealand underground.
Milk III was recorded in January 2019 at Red Bull Studios, recorded, and engineered by Ben Lawson, with countless layers of overdubs recorded at Reuben’s home in Titirangi. It features an eclectic cast of musicians including Reuben Winter, Lachlan Smith, James Thorrington, Emma Hall-Phillips, Victoria Chellew, Charlie (Opi), Jong-Yun J.Y. Lee and Peter Ruddell.
"Ian Jorgensen (A Low Hum) and Reuben's whānau approached Flying Nun late last year and asked if we'd be interested in putting Milk III out on vinyl. We felt very honoured to be asked, and jumped at the opportunity. Reuben's music needs to be shared; it will never stop inspiring creativity in others. Not only is Milk III a sonic masterpiece, Reuben was, and still is, an integral part of New Zealand's independent music community and the impact of his art will be felt for a long time into the future." — Flying Nun Records
This record is not a hastily thrown together posthumous release. Every second of sound, every word, every multi-layered overdub was carefully considered, and lovingly crafted by Reuben. It shows an insight into who Reuben was in the last few years of his life. A man brave enough to stare his own pain in the face, and who was kind enough to share himself wholly with anyone who would listen.
- RAM RAID
- STOLEN VALOR
- WIFI USER
- AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
- A LETTER TO SILENT HEAVEN