25 Mar 2023

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

Goodwill - EP Review: Incontrol

07 Sep 2022 // A review by Madeleine Howard

Otautahi musician Goodwill released his debut EP Incontrol on the 19th of August.

The solo project of musician Will McGillivray, formerly of successful Kiwi band nomad, Incontrol is the result of six years of work in Will’s home studio in Christchurch. Self-written and self-produced, with co-production by Andrew Maury (Lizzo, Sean Mendes, Death Cab for Cutie) Incontrol is a collection of slow burning indie tracks.

The release of lead singles Get Angry, Getting Better and Clinging Onto You have seen Goodwill nominated for Best New Artist at the Rolling Stone New Zealand Awards. Lead singles have charted on the Hot NZ Singles chart, and have been playlisted across Spotify.

The EP is a blend of industrial electronic elements, as well as raw acoustic guitars and brooding vocals across the EP's six tracks. Goodwill shows off his knack for crafting songs that stand out on their own, yet still manage to work cohesively together as a whole.

We begin with lead single and first track Get Angry. Beginning with lo-fi drums that are reminiscent of The Naked and FamousAll Of This, the chorus leans into a brighter tone, with warm guitars and thoughtful lyrics. The dissonant verses contrast nicely with the more hopeful sounding chorus. I could listen to this track over and over again quite happily, if only to hear the brilliant line "Boy racers and their shit cars are getting louder, so I never feel alone."

Up next is Clinging Onto You, a slower track with yearning lyrics and catchy melodies. The track is strong melodically and a stand out on the EP. Third track Getting Better sees a shift to a softer, acoustic side of Goodwill. Layered vocals mirror artists like Bon Iver, with the song also being something that could feature on a Phoebe Bridgers' album. The acoustic guitar cuts through the fuller production of the first two tracks well. Next is Digitally Obsessed, a track about the complexity of online relationships. The song builds up nicely with a soaring chorus. The introduction of percussion in the second verse drives the track forward effectively.

Fifth track is my personal favourite, I'm A Man. Cathartic and uplifting, the song has a big chorus which gets bigger and better each time it's played. Goodwill's falsetto creeps through in the final moments of the chorus. Auto-tune seeps into the second verse, reminiscent of the Lucy Dacus track Partner In Crime. Electric guitars similar to The Temper Trap paired with haunting harmonies make this track goosebump inducing in the best way possible. Incontrol concludes with Still Feeling It Out, another acoustic track with delicate vocals. A soft conclusion to this interesting collection of introspective tracks.

On first listen of Incontrol, I was drawn into the thought provoking lyrics and distorted instrumentation, paired with acoustic elements. By the third and fourth listens, I was hooked. Incontrol is a clever debut from a clever musician. I look forward to seeing what else is next for Goodwill.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Goodwill

Goodwill is the solo project of producer and artist Will McGillivray. Previously of chart topping, award nominated band nomad, Will cut his teeth touring overseas and playing major NZ festivals. Following the break up of nomad, hunkered down in his Christchurch home studio, Goodwill is now endeavoring on a darker musical path.

Leaning into a love of dissonant guitars, droning analog synths, grainy lo-fi and longing melody, Goodwill’s recent musical venture is introspective and cathartic. Following the release debut EP Incontrol featuring Get Angry, Getting Better and Clinging Onto You, Goodwill’s sound has earned him a nomination for ‘Best New Artist’ at the Rolling Stone NZ Awards, multiple top 3 chart placements on the Hot NZ Singles chart, countless top spots on significant international Spotify editorial playlists, extensive radio play in New Zealand and Australia, an article in the August AU + NZ Rolling Stone Issue.

Will’s been busy with his live band of late, including supporting on a 14 date tour for Sir Dave Dobbyn.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Goodwill


Year: 2022
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Madeleine Howard

Eve Kelly - Single Review: Mr Big Shot
10 Mar 2023 // by Madeleine Howard
Whakatane based singer-songwriter (Eve Kelly) released her single Mr Big Shot on February 24th.Following on from her previous singles Gotta Let Go and Dance With Me, both released in the final months of 2022, Mr Big Shot adds another layer to this up and coming artist's repertoire, proving that Eve has a talent for writing songs that are a blend of genres, including funk, RnB, gospel, and adult contemporary.
Just Another June - EP Review: Mo(u)rning
16 Dec 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
Otautahi quartet Just Another June released their debut EP Mo(u)rning on December 7th, 2023.Just Another June are singer songwriter Luna Cubillana, vocalist and guitarist Sam Keelty, bassist Austin Standeven and drummer Amy Claire.
Shivers - Single Review: Under My Skin
13 Dec 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
Wellington based band Shivers released their latest single Under My Skin on the 8th of November. Formed in 2018, Shivers consists of vocalist Timmy Porter, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Win and drummer Rick Cranson.
Loveta - EP Review: More Than Fun
29 Nov 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
0Otautahi based pop artist Loveta launched her debut EP More Than Fun on November 18th. The EP is a collaboration with musician Wulfie (Tim Heeringa) and made with support from NZ On Air's Development Fund.
Ant Utama - Single Review: Biding My Time
10 Nov 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
Pop artist Ant Utama releases his new single Biding My Time today, Friday 11th November. The Kiwi born, now German based artist has enjoyed success with the release of his debut EP Brave in 2020, clocking over 300,000 streams.
Molly Devine - EP Review: Still Here
03 Nov 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
Otepoti musician Molly Devine releases her new EP Still Here today, on November 4th.The three track EP is a collection of thoughtful and powerful songs that tell the story of Devine's experience with dating app Bumble.
Roonie - Single Review: The Way It Should Be
13 Oct 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
Pop artist Roonie releases her new single The Way It Should Be today, Friday 14th October 2022. Taupo raised, Christchurch based Roonie is Michaela Pointon, who burst onto the scene in 2020 with the release of her debut single My Heart.
Danica Bryant - EP Review: Ego Death
18 Aug 2022 // by Madeleine Howard
Hawkes Bay songstress Danica Bryant is back with her sophomore EP Ego Death, released to the world on August 19th. Following on from her 2020 debut EP Cider, Bryant has continued to enjoy success with a string of singles, including sugary pop tune Heart Eyes and head-banging Ready To Bite.
View All Articles By Madeleine Howard

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • BOY'S A LIAR PT. 2
    PinkPantheress And Ice Spice
    Miley Cyrus
    The Weeknd And Ariana Grande
    Morgan Wallen
    RAYE feat. 070 Shake
    Coi Leray
    Harry Styles
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