2 Dec 2022
UsernamePassword

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

Claudia Robin Gunn - Album Review: Sing For The Sea

18 Oct 2022 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Auckland songwriter Claudia Gunn has recently released her latest family friendly album Sing For The Sea (Little Wild Ocean Friends). A robust 24 tracks of delightful marine themed songs.


Claudia, who previously performed in nightclubs with her EDM band Substax, has switched tracks musically to creating entrancing children’s songs which convey youthful innocence, capturing a sense of wonder and curiosity, delivering a soft and comforting soundscape that kids and adults alike will fall in love with.


Her storytelling on this album is inspired by the natural wonders of the sea, gloriously pulling together “the starry-eyed wonder mixed with just a bit of Mom rocker chick”.

Claudia has a mellow and tender indie-folk (previously described as Kindie-folk) sound on Sing For The Sea, there is a diverse range of genres which flow easily on the album.

To write music for children successfully, you must be a captivating storyteller. Claudia Gunn is certainly that.

There are so many tracks on Sing For The Sea that I loved; however I will elaborate on my absolute favourites as this is an impressive collection.

Starting with the incredibly catchy Glow In The Dark Shark, this is song which gets stuck in your head and I found myself humming to more than once. I am singing it to myself as I write this, such a happy song in a big line up of cheerful tracks.

Claudia channels Karen Carpenter on Mermaid Parade, not only vocally but also in sound. Calling All Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft sprang to mind.

Each song is a lesson and Whale Shark is no exception, a beautiful track about a whale shark (a whale shark is not a whale, it’s a shark). I heard a hint of electronica keyboards and a soft pop sound.

The tale of Inky The Octopus is gloriously heart-warming, a tale that tugs at the heart strings about an octopus in an aquarium plotting his escape. As happy as he was, he wanted to be free. There is something immensely appealing about a successful escape artist octopus.

Sea Sponge Land is wonderfully descriptive, I could visualize the land of sea sponges and it is a beautiful place.

The final track I will expand on should touch everyone’s hearts old and young alike. We Are All Waves is storytelling at its finest accompanied by a reggae beat “we are all waves, we all feel the weight”. This was my favourite of the favourites, powerful when you take the time to sit and really listen.

There is so much to love about this album. The harmony, the innocence, the enchanting and poetic stories, the soft gentle delivery, and gentle sound not only makes it an album for slumber, but also a backing track for us to slow down to and think about the world around us.

This is a musical project which “aspired to create a tangible and approachable context that emphasises human agency, and potential for positive change”. Recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Fox at The Sound Room, featuring Nick Connor on trumpet in We Are All Waves, album art illustrated by Elise De Silva. All songs written and composed by Claudia Robin Gunn. Created with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Sing For The Sea is truly an enlightening celebration of the ocean.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Claudia Robin Gunn

Claudia Robin Gunn’s kids folk music captures the golden essence of childhood. Twice awarded APRA's children's song of the year award, she loves to support families with music that offers delights and surprises for both parents and the kids they love. Her independent label is Little Wild Music.

Claudia is a songwriter with electronic act Substax, a long term collaboration with fellow artist and producer Nick Farrands.

Claudia is a member of the Recording Academy and Children's Music Network in the USA and APRA Amcos NZ, Music Manager's Forum, Independent Music NZ and Kiwi Kids Music in New Zealand.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Claudia Robin Gunn

Releases

Other Reviews By Corinne Rutherford

Lisa Crawley - Single Review: Don’t Delete Me
30 Nov 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Los Angeles based; Kiwi award-winning song writer Lisa Crawley has recently released her latest single Don’t Delete Me from her recent EP Looking For Love (In A Major) delivering a silky soft indie pop number backed by restrained elegant piano playing. Already a seasoned musician Lisa is a four-time APRA Silver Scroll Award nominee twice selected for the prestigious Banff Centre songwriter residency in Canada among several other glittering accolades.
Read More...
Khailana - Single Review: Like A Demon
10 Nov 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Otaki based independent ethereal pop artist Khailana, has just released her third single Like A Demon. Four years in the making the track is a mystical and captivating song, a moody tale ultimately about “how people can construct an entire version of you based off of one little thing that you’ve said or done”.
Read More...
laura. - Single/Video Review: Safety in Numbers (Graeme Woller Remix)
08 Nov 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Taranaki songwriter Laura Griffiths is releasing a banging dance remix of her hugely popular track Safety In Numbers. This version produced by Graeme Woller, transforms a “fun indie pop” tune into a dance banger.
Read More...
Erin Myers - Single Review: Bad Reception
12 Oct 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Hamilton based multi-talented musician Erin Myers has taken a new musical direction with her latest release Bad Reception. An evocative track as the name suggests, telling a story of miscommunication and loneliness within a relationship.
Read More...
Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show - Single Review: Leaking - The English Whinging Song
20 Sep 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand's award winning pirate Captain Festus from the family entertainment troupe, Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show has recently released another single from his up-and-coming album Look Wot The Cat Dragged In. Leaking - The English Whinging Song is an unapologetic musical whinge of unfortunate events from this sometimes unlucky pirates adventures.
Read More...
Big Tasty - Single Review: Diamond Eyed
15 Sep 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based 9-piece funk and soul band Big Tasty have just released a groovy disco inspired track with an epic full sound. Diamond Eyed is possibly one of the best original 70's soulful disco beats I have come across in a very long time.
Read More...
Anthea de Milo - Single/Video Review: Mama Got It Bad
05 Sep 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Lyttelton based soulful songwriter Anthea de Milo (Anthea Struthers of Saint Satori, Runabout Sue & The Harbour Union) has just released her outlandish (in the best possible way) debut single accompanied by an eccentric music video full of originality and colour. A combination of song and visuals that invade your senses with delightful quirkiness.
Read More...
Ella Minehan - Single Review: First Light
19 Aug 2022 // by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based emerging female singer / songwriter Ella Minehan has just dropped her third single First Light. A smooth RnB sounding track which has been described as an upbeat, flirty track about taking chances with relationships.
Read More...
View All Articles By Corinne Rutherford

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • UNHOLY
    Sam Smith And Kim Petras
  • ANTI-HERO
    Taylor Swift
  • MADE YOU LOOK
    Meghan Trainor
  • RICH FLEX
    Drake And 21 Savage
  • I'M GOOD (BLUE)
    David Guetta And Bebe Rexha
  • MISS YOU
    Oliver Tree And Robin Schulz
  • UNDER THE INFLUENCE
    Chris Brown
  • I AIN'T WORRIED
    OneRepublic
  • 685 (REMIX)
    Victor J Sefo, Lisi And Mwayz
  • MESSY IN HEAVEN
    venbee And goddard.
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