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Articles By Madeleine Howard

SKRAM - Single Review: Freaking Me Out
10 Sep 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Wellington based pop trio SKRAM released their debut single Freaking Me Out today, September 10th. Just in time for the warmer weather, the track is a fresh, uplifting pop tune, sure to be a crowd favourite this summer.
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Jaz Paterson - Single Review: Lonely
02 Sep 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Alternative Singer-Songwriter Jaz Paterson released her debut single Lonely on the 13th of August. Produced by Will McGillivray (nomad, There’s A Tuesday, Bexy) and mastered by Kamandi, Lonely is the first of three singles to be released from Jaz’s anticipated debut EP Ache, set to be released in November.
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Sophie Gibson - Single Review: Deeper Waters
17 Aug 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Singer-songwriter Sophie Gibson will be releasing her single Deeper Waters on 20 August. The hauntingly beautiful acoustic folk track is a tribute to Gibson’s brother who she lost to suicide in 2015.
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Lisa Crawley - EP Review: Looking For Love - (In A Major)
22 Jul 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Indie pop singer-songwriter Lisa Crawley launches her new EP Looking For Love - In "A Major" today. Enjoying success with the release of multiple albums, EP’s and singles, the four time APRA Silver Scroll nominee has also been selected twice for the prestigious Banff Centre Songwriters residency.
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James Constable - Album Review: Tui
06 Jul 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Indie singer/songwriter James Constable has launched his debut album, Tui. The 17-year-old from Rangiora showcases an incredible knack for writing mature lyrics and catchy melodies.
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Danica Bryant - Single Review: Heart Eyes
24 Jun 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Hawkes Bay born, now Wellington based singer-songwriter Danica Bryant returns with her latest offering - Heart Eyes. A bold, catchy track about young girls being obsessed with male celebrities, Heart Eyes is sugar coated and sweet, but with an underlying darkness oozing through its cynical lyrics and distorted melodies.
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Iris Zhang - Single Review: Castle
31 May 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Auckland based indie artist Iris Zhang launched her second single Castle on the 28th of May. The track is a delicate, intricate song that touches on isolation, desire and self-sabotage.
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Georgia Lines - Gig Review: Georgia Lines @ Grater Goods, Christchurch - 07/05/2021
10 May 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
On the 7th of May, Christchurch was treated to an evening with pop artist Georgia Lines, at the intimate vegan eatery Grater Goods. The final show in her first nationwide tour, Georgia had been touring alongside pop duo LAIIKA, playing shows in Auckland, Tauranga and Wellington.
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Alice Tozer - Single Review: Pink & Blue
05 May 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Christchurch pop artist Alice Tozer released their debut single Pink & Blue on the 26th of April. A groove tinged, jazz infused tune about gender identity, the track is a strong introduction to this brand new artist.
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Steffany Beck - Gig Review: Steffany Beck @ Made in Canterbury Festival, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch - 20/02/2021
22 Mar 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
On the evening of Saturday the 21st of March, I had the pleasure of seeing Christchurch based singer songwriter Steffany Beck perform at the famous Isaac Theatre Royal, as part of the first ever Made in Canterbury Festival. Originally from the United States, Steffany released her debut EP Blue Eyed Girl back in 2019.
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Lunah - Single Review: Good Man
18 Mar 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Pop singer-songwriter Lunah has released her soulful, sassy single, Good Man. Lunah is Nika Januszkiewicz, an Auckland based musician heavily influenced by R&B and Soul.
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Cloudy - EP Review: Good Grief
11 Mar 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Auckland based alternative pop artist Cloudy launches her debut EP Good Grief today, 12 March 2021. Kiwi-Austrian singer songwriter Claudia Paine has previously released four singles, three of which are featured on Good Grief.
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Mirrors - Single Review: Love In My Own Time
11 Mar 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
Christchurch pop act Mirrors return with their third single Love In My Own Time. Mirrors are no strangers to the local music scene.
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The May Project - Single Review: The Last Waltz of Summer
23 Feb 2021 // review by Madeleine Howard
On the 2nd of February, Auckland based dream pop act The May Project launched their new single The Last Waltz of Summer, a swirling, dreamy track that says goodbye to past journeys and hello to new beginnings.The May Project is the work of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Katie Brown.
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Farandicus - Album Review: It Doesn't Make Sense
15 Dec 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Northland six piece Farandicus have released their debut album It Doesn’t Make Sense. Launching on the 27th of November, the twelve track album is a funk infused, soulful collection of songs.
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Anna Coddington - Album Review: Beams
26 Nov 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Anna Coddington returns with her fourth album Beams - a collection of personal and emotive indie pop songs. Produced by Kiwi duo LIPS (Steph Brown and Fen Ikner), Beams is Coddington’s most personal piece of work to date, touching on themes of identity, self-reflection and Coddington’s place in the world as a woman, Maori and a mother.
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Molly Devine - Single Review: Wanderer
24 Sep 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Following on from her previous single Call Me Up, Dunedin artist Molly Devine returns with her new single Wanderer. A stark contrast from her previous release, Call Me Up was an uplifting, toe tapping pop track, whereas Wanderer is a mystical pop ballad, set over a dreamy soundscape.
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VÏKÆ - EP Review: Finelines
16 Sep 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Ukrainian born, now Auckland based pop artist VïKÆ has arrived with her debut EP Finelines, released on the 4th of September. Finelines is the result of a fierce partnership between VïKÆ, real name Veronika Bell and Abigail Knudson Missy.
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Alae - EP Review: Lucy's Mix Tape
01 Sep 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Indie-pop quartet Alae return with their EP Lucy’s Mix Tape, which was launched on the 26th of August. Featuring three previously released singles; Hit Me Where It Hurts, Summer Thing and Lucy, the EP also features the new single Please, as well as collaborations and re-works.
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Laura-mae - Single Review: Rug of Numbers
06 Aug 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Following the release of her debut single Betsy, Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter Laura-mae has returned with her second single Rug of Numbers. The Golden Bay native has competed in the famous Smokefree Rockquest and made it to the boot camp round of The New Zealand X Factor during its second season.
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East of Queen - Single Review: Crickets
19 Jul 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
East of Queen is Katherine Parsons, an indie-pop singer-songwriter based in Auckland. She launched her dreamy second single Crickets on the 10th of July.
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Alae - Single Review: Lucy
29 Jun 2020 // review by Madeleine Howard
Following on from the success of their previous single Summer Thing, Indie Pop four piece Alae are back with Lucy, an infectious, groove-tinged pop tune that’s sure to get listeners through the dreary winter.Lucy is the work of vocalist Alex Farrell-Davey and Dunedin musician Max Gunn (formerly of The Shambles) The pair met at an Auckland Song Hubs session in 2019.
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    Elton John And Dua Lipa
  • LOVE NWANTITI (AH AH AH)
    CKay
  • INDUSTRY BABY
    Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
  • STAY
    The Kid LAROI And Justin Bieber
  • BAD HABITS
    Ed Sheeran
  • SHIVERS
    Ed Sheeran
  • HEAT WAVES
    Glass Animals
  • HAPPIER THAN EVER
    Billie Eilish
  • MEET ME AT OUR SPOT
    THE ANXIETY, WILLOW And Tyler Cole
  • WOMAN
    Doja Cat
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