5 Jul 2020
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Lhasa - EP Review: Birdsong

03 Oct 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser

Lhasa's Birdsong EP is just four songs, but it’s a clear case of 'all killer no filler'.

The EP opens with the title track, Birdsong, and right from the get-go the crisp capturing of excellent performances is apparent. Samuel and Micaela’s voices complement each other so well. Birdsong is an up-tempo number and a great way to kick off the EP.

Somewhere Else follows, and brings the tempo down a little, but not the intensity. It’s impressive how the two songwriters are completely at ease either following or leading. The song builds up to the chorus really well. It is a beautiful collection of tunes and harmonies. The middle 8 needs Jenny Craig as it’s so phat.

Peace//Sleep is as the format of the title suggests is a song of two halves. Peace has Micaela leading and it’s a wonderfully peaceful calming tune. Then just over half way through the song’s duration it changes; Samuel takes over the singing duties and the tempo quickens. It is a beautiful pairing of songs which complement each other; very much like how the partners in music and life.

The closing song Can We Stay Here for a while is a ripper. An up-tempo pop tune which could be a hit on any reputable college or student radio station, who knows it could even cross over to mainstream radio, especially now that ‘Kiwi music’ is more than Bic Runga and The Mutton Birds.

Samuel and Micaela met at music school and formed Lhasa when they began writing songs together in 2017. It shows, they are both are separately and collectively very talented.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Lhasa

New Zealand-based indie folk duo, Lhasa, are the result of two completely different worlds colliding. One from a sleepy, small city in New Zealand, while the other grew up in one of the biggest cities in China. The duo come together as a marriage of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to create something unique, punchy, and eager to be heard.

Samuel and Micaela met at music school and began writing songs together in 2017, forming Lhasa. After penning their first song, Birdsong, they knew that they were onto something special. Like the coming together of two completely different lives, their music is a combination of an organic acoustic sound and a penchant for rock music. Their striking harmonies and poetic songwriting provide an immersive, emotional experience.

Lhasa have played gigs and festivals throughout the Waikato and Auckland regions. Their energy and presence keep people coming back for more as they deliver their songs with skill and an unashamed authenticity.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Lhasa

Releases

Birdsong
Year: 2019
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Darryl Baser

Mojo Crow - EP Review: The Badlands
15 Jun 2020 // by Darryl Baser
Auckland’s Mojo Crow have been around since 2012 in one form or another, and have just released their brand new EP, The Badlands. Right from the start of the opening track, High Plains Drifter, Mojo Crew’s up tempo country sound is to the fore.
Read More...
The Roulettes - EP Review: Rocket To You
29 May 2020 // by Darryl Baser
The Rocket To You EP is dedicated to Dunedin musician Andrew Brough (Straitjacket Fits, Bike) who passed away at his Dunedin home in February this year. Two members of this three-piece have close ties with Andrew Brough, Justin McLean is Andrew’s stepbrother, and Ben Grant was (along with Justin) played in the band Funhouse, for whom Andrew was a mentor.
Read More...
MEDaL - Album Review: Replica
25 May 2020 // by Darryl Baser
When it comes to bands having quality pedigree, Lyttelton based MEDaL are the equivalent of a top quality show cat. Dave Mulcahy (JPSE, Superette), with Mark Whyte and John Billows who have been in bands like Into The Void and The Renderers, among others.
Read More...
Superturtle - Single review: WTFRU
21 May 2020 // by Darryl Baser
WTFRU, or, Who The Fuck Are You is the new single by Superturtle. It’s not often that the scant information in a release about a band’s single is so spot on.
Read More...
Tim Allen - Album Review: The Last Bastion of A Lad
10 May 2020 // by Darryl Baser
‘Lad’ culture has its roots in Northern England, just like recently transplanted musician Tim Allen. The Last Bastion of A Lad is the sophomore album from now New Zealand resident Tim Allen, and he’s got some high-calibre Kiwi musicians on board.
Read More...
Vox Venus - EP Review: Rise & Shine
20 Apr 2020 // by Darryl Baser
Rise & Shine is from the first phase of Vox Venus.The four song EP was recorded with Heather Bolton 's brother Geoff 'Paddy' Bolton on drums.
Read More...
LA Thompson - Single Review: Don’t Take Me Back
19 Apr 2020 // by Darryl Baser
LA Thompson is a seasoned campaigner, with a solid history in the music industry and her newest single Don’t Take Me Back is another well-crafted song, which has been recorded and produced suitably. Her voice sits on top of a lush but sparse mix of rhythm and melodic guitars, electronic drums and subtle bass, and her vocal line begins after a couple of bars.
Read More...
Tony Lee - Single Review: Taking A Chance
22 Mar 2020 // by Darryl Baser
Taking a Chance is the third single from Tony Lee's upcoming new album Man on Mars. Lyrically the song is about getting out and making the most of things and taking necessary risks to get ahead.
Read More...
View All Articles By Darryl Baser

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • SAVAGE LOVE (LAXED - SIREN BEAT)
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
  • ROCKSTAR
    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
  • GO CRAZY
    Chris Brown And Young Thug
  • ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX)
    SAINt JHN
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • BLINDING LIGHTS
    The Weeknd
  • STUCK WITH U
    Ariana Grande And Justin Bieber
  • WHAT'S POPPIN'
    Jack Harlow
  • ROVER
    S1mba feat. DTG
  • BREAKING ME
    Topic feat. A7S
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem