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Seth Haapu - Single Review: New Wave

03 Jun 2018 // A review by ShelleySketch
In his first release since Volume II in 2107, Seth Haapu returns with his beautiful new singe New Wave. I’ve noticed Seth sticks to a theme of nature that has been a part of his previous releases and is a part of who he is. There’s something comforting and familiar to me about Seth’s voice right off the bat. His vocals are strong throughout the track and the piano accompaniment is simple but just enough to pull you in to the song even more. Then, just as you’re tied in, a little pop instrumental kicks off to make the song seem lighter to finish off. In this track Seth is comparing life to water, with the real sounds of water at the end helping to tie it all in together.

The video Seth released with the track keeps true to the experience of the track. Seth sits at a piano on a beach, performing New Wave. The video starts off as an evening at the beach then it changes to what seems more like it is the middle of the day. The sun and clear blue skies really dominate the shots as it reflects off the piano, sand and water. The video itself has somewhat of a calming effect on me and makes me want to be at the beach. It is clearly a lovely experience for Seth and the viewer.

★★★★★ (5 stars)


Review written by Shelley Te Haara
 

About Seth Haapu

In life, some things are simply ‘written’; Seth Haapu being destined for a life in music is one of these things. The first signs could be seen at the tender age of eight, where he was already utilising a pair of cassette players to record harmonies for his earliest song writing efforts. Fast-forward to present day, and the mastering of multiple instruments, and he’s still at it. Now though, the cassette players have been replaced by the mixing desks of Neil Finn’s infamous Roundhead studios; the result being his self-titled debut album.

For the musical wunderkind, born in Whanganui around the sounds of Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Elvis Presley, music has always come naturally. Haapu began uploading his work online whilst living in Sydney which garnered strong industry attention and a solid fanbase. A contract with Sony Music New Zealand sealed the deal, followed by a return to his homeland and support slots with international names including Adam Lambert and Train and local legends Crowded House, Stellar* and Supergroove.

Haapu’s debut album is set for release on August 8th. On its formation, Haapu says “During the writing process I really went back to being a kid in the 90’s listening to old school music from the 1950’s - 1970’s. I loaded my iPod up with retro songs and a few current Top 40 hits and that’s what I listened to for months”.

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Releases

Volume II
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Volume I
Year: 2015
Type: EP
Seth Haapu
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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