TINY RUINS / PHOTO BY FRANCES CARTER / LOGO BY ZOE HANNAY / WRITING BY CARLA CAMILLERI
TINY RUINS — 'DOGS DREAMING'
Tiny Ruins' latest offering from their upcoming album wafts gently along the breeze in a shimmering, dream-folk style. The guitar work in 'Dogs Dreaming' presents a clever twang that compliments Hollie Fullbrook's tender, softly-sung melodies, with a freewheeling organ dancing around the edges of the song's abundant cycles. This is just another reason to be very excited about the new album, not to mention their just-announced tour of the motu, where you can see the album brought to life on stage.
FAZERDAZE — 'FLOOD INTO'
Following a nationwide tour with Lorde, Taite Prize 2023 finalist Fazerdaze releases a new single — previously only available on the vinyl edition of her latest EP Break! Leaning further into the edgier, grunge sounds that the rest of the EP upholds, restless guitars strums emerge from tumbling vocal patterns that break into a shimmering, synth-led chorus, not only showing off a wide scope of Amelia Murray's ever-evolving sound, but reflecting her personal expanse.
You can buy Fazerdaze's EP Break! HERE.
OP LILYPAD — 'DUB'
Sunreturn's latest signee OP Lilypad (AKA Jonathan Glenday of Long Distance Runner) has shared the first single from their debut album OPLP — out April 13. Diving into lush layers of deep harmonious sounds and tranquil loops, 'dub' not only evokes serenity, but induces a stimulating listening experience that allows us to paint our own pictures, bathed in a luminescent glow. A wonderful introduction to this artist and we cannot wait to hear more.
Their upcoming album OPLP is available for preorder via Bandcamp HERE.
RUNNING CLUB — 'BRANCHES SWAY'
Running Club have recently released their brand new debut album, beach glass. The 2-piece, consisting of Blair Parkes and Steve Reay (who is best known for his membership in The Subliminals and more recently, Vor Stellen) recorded the work over the most recent holiday period in Auckland and New Brighton. The first track 'Branches Sway' certainly reflects a sense of holiday-induced, carefree energy, bathing in warmth painted by long guitar strums, humming synths and laid-back beatscapes. The rest of the album is a gripping listen, with surprising angular layers that reside harmoniously with its more ambient moments.
Running Club's new album beach glass is out now — listen to, and buy it HERE.
KATE NV — 'asleep'
Electronic producer Kate NV has become a store-spun favourite at Flying Nun, with her album Room For The Moon getting daily plays at some points. Her new album, WOW, is an explorative, colourful sound world that plays with textures and loops like a kid might experiment with a box of brand new toys. It is vibrant and exciting music that truly affirms Kate NV's unique, whimsical pop aesthetic.
You can find Kate NV's new album on the Flying Nun Shop HERE.
BJÖRK — 'VENUS AS A BOY'
Speaking of playful energy, we have Björk's Debut new in store, featuring one of my favourite songs — 'Venus As A Boy', which is one of the more gentle moments on the album. Kicking off with a resonant drum loop (performed with tabla player Talvin Singh) and shrouded with an opulent string section (performed by a notable Indian film orchestra in Bombay), Björk sings of a boy who viewed life from a perspective of beauty, her distinct vocals dancing amongst glittering synths and lush instrumentation.
Björk's Debut is available via the Flying Nun Records Shop HERE.
DJ RASHAD — 'LET U NO' (FEAT SPINN)
Chicago producer DJ Rashad's 2013 album Double Cup is a staple in the electronic sub-genre, footwork, that has recently had quite the resurgence. With its quick-tempo BPMs and mesmerising basslines, the chopped-and-screwed textures leave no room for standing still, and accompany the agile, juke-derived dance style. Although it's verging on being a decade-year-old album, it continues to sound as futuristic as ever. It has been a while since I've seen a copy of this in Aotearoa — so get ya paws on it!
RIYL Christoph El Truento's album LWMP18.
Get your hands on this album via the Flying Nun Record Shop HERE.
GUARDIAN SINGLES — 'CHAD & STACEY'
It has been a while since we heard from the Tāmaki Makaurau-based post punk quartet Guardian Singles, but they have burst back onto the airwaves with a rip-roaring, one-minute-fifty-second banger from their upcoming brand new album Feed Me To The Doves out May 26 via Trouble In Mind. Along with the announcement, they announced an Auckland show at Whammy Backroom on April 1st — ticket link below.
TODD TERJE — 'INSPECTOR NORSE'
This album is what I would call pure fun. All kinds of textures litter the record, which pans out to be the soundtrack to an enthralling night escapade; starting off walking through the city at night to a restaurant for a meal, and continuing through a series of clubs, both lavish and grungy — but always exciting and teeming with curiosity to venture further into the early hours. 'Inspector Norse' spins us into a glittering world of 80's-inspired synth-pop club goodness, with a relentlessly catchy beat that feeds the feet and moves the body.
Get your hands on Todd Terje's album It's Album Time via the Flying Nun Record Shop HERE.
SURF FRIENDS — 'WOOHOO'
Brimming with an abundance of warmth and excitement, Surf Friends give us one last glimpse into their upcoming album, Sonic Waves, with the release of its final, electrifying single ‘Woohoo’.
“‘Woohoo’ is really our ultimate stripped back surf/skate song.” Surf Friends say of the track. “The lyrics speak for themselves — we think about surfing and skating all the time!”
Pre-order Surf Friends' upcoming album Sonic Waves via Flying Nun HERE.