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Articles By emilyriordan

Lexytron - Single Review: Couples
24 Oct 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Auckland singer-songwriter Lexytron’s fourth single Couples is a catchy, upbeat song about the loneliness that singledom can bring. Lexytron says “sometimes being alone is liberating but sometimes it downright sucks”, and Couples embraces the downright suck side of being alone, in a song with a much lighter feel than her releases to date.
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Ashley Alexander - Single/Video Review: Nicotine
18 Oct 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Paraparaumu’s Ashley Alexander introduces his second single, Nicotine, a jazzy, slickly produced number accompanied by a delightful music video.Following up from debut single Best Song, Nicotine builds on Ashley’s funky sound with a piano-centric arrangement featuring lush backing vocals and infectious beats.
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The Kendals - Single Review: Passion
08 Oct 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Auckland three-piece The Kendals have released their debut single Passion, a dreamy synth-pop track looking at the experience of falling in love from a different angle. The Kendals are Lucia Zara, Michael Redwood, and James Dalton.
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James Reid - Gig Review: James Reid @ 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth - 18/09/2019
29 Sep 2019 // review by emilyriordan
On a quiet Wednesday night, singer-songwriter James Reid (best known as the frontman of Kiwi icons The Feelers) brings his Songbook Tour to the 4th Wall Theatre in New Plymouth.The theatre is packed and the stage is set sparsely with a chair, an amp, two guitars, and a songbook on a stand.
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Hunt The Witch - Gig Review: Hunt the Witch @ The Mayfair, New Plymouth - 20/07/2019
14 Aug 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Auckland four-piece rock outfit Hunt the Witch brought their 'Strange Gods' tour to New Plymouth’s Mayfair on July 20th, promoting the album of the same name. Strange Gods is Hunt the Witch’s first full-length release, following 2015’s EP Into the Black and 2017’s single Afterburner.
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Albi & The Wolves - Gig Review: Albi & The Wolves @ Kakaramea Hall - 27/07/2019
14 Aug 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Alt-folk trio Albi & The Wolves, led by vocalist and guitarist Chris Dent, have been making waves throughout New Zealand in the last several years - and for good reason. They brought their show to Kakaramea Hall, just south of Hawera in Taranaki, supported by Swiss-Kiwi loop artist Sonic Delusion.
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Unknown - Single/Video Review: Gambling on Love
08 Apr 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Three Feathers are an Oakura duo established in 2013 and made up of Mike Lee and Mae Silver. Gambling on Love is the third single from their debut album, which is due for release later in 2019.
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Iris - Single Review: Bold
27 Feb 2019 // review by emilyriordan
At just twenty years of age, singer/songwriter and producer Iris has burst onto the scene looking and sounding like an almost fully formed pop star. Her debut single, Bold, is part of a collaboration with producer and filmmaker Charles Lutman made of videos that are as much short films in themselves as they are music videos.
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Fanfickk - Single Review: Pity Party
27 Feb 2019 // review by emilyriordan
Fanfickk describes herself as an idealist. Since her debut EP Stay Shy in 2016, she has released a handful of lush, dreamy synth based songs with punchy drums and rich harmonies that let that idealism shine through.
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The RVMES - Single Review: Vibrant Pictures
01 Dec 2018 // review by emilyriordan
The RVMES - pronounced ‘the rooms’, from ‘rum and tunes’ - are a new four-piece outfit based in Auckland, made of Edwin Judd (vocals, guitar), Miro Gibson (guitar), Ronaldo Lima (bass), and Logan Fox (drums). Their debut single, Vibrant Pictures, is the delicious first taste of their EP planned for release in February 2019.
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Ghost Who Walks - Gig Review: Ghost Who Walks @ Butler's Reef, Oakura - 16/11/2018
26 Nov 2018 // review by emilyriordan
It's a big ask of any band to play their original material to a pub full of punters there to watch the game, but by the end of their hour-long set Ghost Who Walks had their audience in the palm of their hand.Ghost Who Walks is the project of Wellingtonian Sam Fowles, who sets out to "make music that moves the body and touches the soul".
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Will Saunders - Album Review: Inside Walking
19 Nov 2018 // review by emilyriordan
Auckland based musician and visual artist Will Saunders has three solo albums under his belt already. His latest release, Inside Walking, is self-produced and mastered by Dave Hine at The Dank.
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
  • HOLY
    Justin Bieber feat. Chance The Rapper
  • LEMONADE
    Internet Money And Gunna feat. Don Toliver And NAV
  • SAVAGE LOVE (LAXED - SIREN BEAT)
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
  • WAP
    Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • DREAMS
    Fleetwood Mac
  • WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVE
    Pop Smoke
  • HEAD & HEART
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • PUT YOUR RECORDS ON
    Ritt Momney
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