8 Mar 2021

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

Anthony Coulter - Album Review: Memories

18 Jan 2021 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tauranga based singer, song writer and musician Anthony Coulter has just released his debut album Memories. Twelve tracks resplendent in smooth melodic vocal style and theatrical wonder.

Born in England but raised in Australia and New Zealand, he has been playing the keyboard since the age of one, quickly progressing to piano and synthesizer. Drums are also in his repertoire as he learned to play when living in Melbourne. Anthony previously studied at the Creative School of Musicianship in Ponsonby.

Anthony Coulter is a profuse writer of original songs, so it surprised me that Memories is his debut album, second only to Shaking Her Wings, an EP released in 2015. He is a very passionate and dedicated musician who can channel Andrew Lloyd Webber effortlessly.

The theatrical side of Anthony shines on Memories, his lush vocals gloriously enhanced by those of local musical artist Denise Hyde. He has an infectious positivity and charm about him which radiates out through his music. An element of cliche in some of his lyrics, adds to the unique flavour of this album.

A life time of piano playing contributes to the polished sound on this album, complemented by Lewis Martin and his elegant sax, Shane Davis and his skilled guitar playing and of course the afore mentioned Denise Hyde. Further backup vocals are added by Liz Tamblyn and Brooke Stinson, on drums are Silas Tawhara, Steve Laffan and Tim Frame.

Described as "pop-rock" Memories highlights Anthony’s charismatic side, there is no doubt about the dedicated professionalism which went into making this album. From the onset track one; Any Colour You Like gives a taste of bold melodic vocals. His song writing style is as big as his personality. Always delivered with a flourish.

If I were to describe Memories as a dish, I would say it has "big, bold flavours". There is a nice mix of pop, rock and jazzy elements here, creating a clean cohesive sound.

Further standout tracks for me are Arresting A Dream. If you seek out the music video, it is just as visually enticing as the song sounds. The title track Memories, which is the last passionate piece on this album, is a mellow jazz infused number in which the saxophone takes the final bow. It brought to mind sitting in a piano bar in las Vegas , dressed up to the nines martini in hand.

Taking a sabbatical from his music, Anthony Coulter is currently working on other artistic projects, however there is a new album already in the wings and I am sure it won't be long until Tauranga’s own 'Piano Man' is back tickling those ivories.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Anthony Coulter

Anthony Coulter is a singer songwriter who has two releases available. The first is Shaking Her Wings an EP released in 2015 and his latest album Memories.

Following a successful CD release party at Tauranga's The Jam Factory where all songs were performed on a Grand Piano with the original backing tracks from the Colour Field Recording Studio and Soundtree Studios

Anthony is working on a future Album called Missing Pieces and features new material Fire in my Heart, Shadows and Love Lockdown singles released this year and available on all major download sites.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Anthony Coulter


Year: 2019
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Corinne Rutherford

SHAYNA - Single Review: Alchemy Feat. Rei
26 Feb 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch singer-songwriter SHAYNA has teamed up with Wellingtonian hip-hop artist Rei to create a slick new single Alchemy. Described as "Pop & RnB hooks over a progressive bass line & glittery high-level production", this is a track which flows seamlessly.
Grace Duncan - EP Review: Ruminations
25 Feb 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Originally from Hawkes Bay and currently residing in Wellington is composer and singer-songwriter Grace Duncan who has just released her eight track EP, Ruminations. Offering delicate layers of sound and graceful vocals, making this a haunting yet serenely beautiful collection of previously released singles.
JANG - EP Review: COPS
31 Jan 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based, energetic three piece punk outfit JANG have just released their debut EP COPS. The band’s sound described as "Surf Punk Slam" is summed up in this catchy tumultuous wave of five tracks, which took almost two years to complete.
Iris Zhang - Single Review: Small Ache
14 Dec 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Iris Zhang is a lawyer by qualification, but a musician by heart. She is an incredibly talented young lady, not only academically but also in the musical arts.
Jennifer K. Austin - Album Review: Journey
07 Dec 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
American born Kiwi singer Jennifer K. Austin has recently released her second studio album Journey, following on from the release of the first three singles (Shadow, Misery and Old Gin), this beautiful ten track album is highly influenced by her life story.
Lady Larisa - Single Review: Four Walls
27 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Aotearoa born jazz artist and songwriter Lady Larisa has just released Four Walls, her latest single from the yet to be released up and coming debut EP Honeychild. Currently based in Hawkes Bay, Lady Larissa has learned a lot from her time in LA, New Orleans and New York.
Na Noise - Album Review: Waiting For You
24 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
Low-fi Duo-wop group from Auckland Na Noise have just released their debut album Waiting For You, giving us an insight into their sonic, original approach to music. Described as the "Thelma and Louise of modern DIY guitar based music", they have created a sound which is a unique blend of organ, percussion, call and response vocals and a whole lot of fuzzy dark carnivalesque attitude.
Album Review: Ida Lune
17 Nov 2020 // by Corinne Rutherford
In 2013 Deanne Krieg (WHIM, Dawn Diver), Rose Blake (Blaek, Dawn Diver) and Anna Wooles formed Poneke/Wellington avant-folk trio Ida Lune, forming a strong bond over their shared love of harmony. The trio have released their self-titled debut album which promises to be a lush blend of three part harmonies, yet each bringing to the fore their own unique style of vocals.
View All Articles By Corinne Rutherford

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Olivia Rodrigo
    Glass Animals
    Lil Tjay feat. 6LACK
    Niko Walters
    The Kid LAROI
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