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Left Or Right - Album Review: Trippy

13 Sep 2016 // A review by Jacob Sisson
Right from the get go, this is an album that puts a smile on your face. Tight, thumping bass grooves mixed with sweet sultry guitar riffs bring you into the fold with no messing around. Seamlessly blending influences from funk, reggae, rock and metal, Left Or Right create a unique and formidable soundscape that absorbs and entrances.

With lyrics strongly representing Kiwiana and Dunedin life, they indicate their down to earth, fun nature. This comes through very clear in such songs as Gary’s Nuggety Neighbour and Macca while still being a big theme in the rest of the album. This is a band that takes music seriously, but doesn’t take themselves too seriously which is a great, refreshing change.

This is the third studio album for Dunedin’s Left Or Right and is a testament to their passion for making music. They seem to go from strength to strength with each album, refining and honing their sound.

I have seen these guys live a few times now and they never disappoint. The passion and creative chemistry between this tight-knit three piece is phenomenal and has to be experienced to be believed.

Standout tracks for me are definitely Gary’s Nuggety Neighbour with its upbeat fun feel and funky riffs, and closing track The Diamond Ray with its smooth, summery vibe and deeply entrancing vocals and lyrics.

About Left Or Right

Southern New Zealand band Left Or Right are excited to announce the release of their second record Buzzy through local label MrYoda Productions. As with their debut record Nuggety, Buzzy will be available in four formats: 12" Double Orange Vinyl, CD, Cassette, and download via ITunes, Bandcamp & Amplifier.

Since the release of their 2009 debut record, Left Or Right have continued on their mission of extensive touring: appearing at some of NZ’s sweetest festivals along the way (Kaikoura Roots, Feastock & Catlins River Festival), and performing alongside many of NZ’s highest profile acts (The Black Seeds, Kora & Salmonella Dub). All the while, the band have also been honing their song writing craft, with an eye to the recording of the new album, Buzzy.

Just under a year in the making, Buzzy was recorded in Dunedin at Albany St Studios by Mike Holland and Left or Right, and Mastered by Dale Cotton (Beastwars, The Bats). The making of Buzzy has very much lived up to the record’s title, diving into an intense and at times bizarre world of sound.

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