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The Bats

Foothills

    RIYL: The Chills, The Clean, Toy Love, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Chris Knox The Bats have officially announced their 10th full-length album, Foothills. Spanning the last 38 years, The Bats have clocked nine incredible albums; each one seeing the band evolve with new material from the prolific songwriting hand of Robert Scott. Add to that tally the extra singles, b-sides, EPs, compilations and tribute songs they’ve recorded, creating a succinct setlist is a nearly impossible task. Foothills was recorded in Spring 2018 at a country retreat pop-up studio. At that time, 15 songs were captured and immortalised in the Canterbury foothills of the Southern Alps, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Only too well, The Bats know the possibilities, potentialities and sonic vistas that arise when one takes the reins for the recording process in a beautiful place that’s on home turf.

    Robert Scott, on the making of Foothills has said “Time marches on... finally, we found a gap in our busy lives and chose a week to convene. We found a house that is usually inhabited by ski field workers — Kowai Bush, near Springfield about an hour west of Christchurch and of course nestled in the foothills of the mighty Southern Alps. The songs had been written, demo’d and arranged for some time, but still with a little room for trying things out in the studio. Many carloads arrived at the house, full of amps guitars and recording gear, we set up camp and soon made it feel like home; coloured lights, a log fire, and home cooked meals in the kitchen. We worked fast, and within a few days had all the basic backing tracks done, live together in one room, the way we like to do it - it’s all about ‘the feel’ for songs like ours.”

    The Bats must hold a record in New Zealand (perhaps the whole world, once The Rolling Stones throw in the towel) as a band that has survived with the same line-up for 38 years. No split ups, no reforming for nostalgia’s sake. So far, half the band have spots in The New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame, vocalist/ guitarist Robert Scott (The Clean) and bassist/producer Paul Kean (Toy Love), and it’s only a matter of time before lead guitarist Kaye Woodward and drummer Malcolm Grant find themselves in there too. The four-piece has created twisted wistful folk, psychedelic rock, bouncy twee pop, and everything in between, but whatever the genre, their sound is always distinctively, unmistakably The Bats.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Trade In Silence
    2. Warwick
    3. Beneath The Visor
    4. Scrolling
    5. Another Door
    6. Red Car

    SIDE B
    1. Field Of Vision
    2. Change Is All
    3. As You Were
    4. Smaller Pieces
    5. Gone To Ground
    6. Electric Sea View

    Reb Fountain

    Reb Fountain

      Celebrated singer-songwriter Reb Fountain's forthcoming self-titled album marks a new chapter in the kiwi artist's career and her first full-length release on Flying Nun Records. Reb Fountain came together in the well-seasoned walls of Neil Finn's iconic Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand. This arrangement came about after Fountain performed, recorded and toured with Finn through his 'Out of Silence' album cycle, and it seemed only natural. Long-time studio collaborator and head engineer at Roundhead, Simon Gooding, manned the helm of Fountain's 3-week recording stint, alongside the legendary Dave Khan on producing duties and Chris Chetland (Kog Studios) who mastered the final result.

      The album features a range of musical cameos including Finn Andrews, Ben Woolley (The Yarra Benders), Elroy Finn and Logan Compain. The ten-track record features singles Faster, and her new single Samson which premiered worldwide on The FADER with a captivating video featuring kiwi drag-superstar Medulla Oblongata. Over the span of her illustrious career as an independent singer-songwriter, Fountain has become well-known for her earnest and honest approach to storytelling, garnering a close following of fans around the world and in her home, New Zealand. While spearheading a career of her own, Reb has recorded and performed with the likes of Neil Finn, Tami Neilson, The Eastern, Don McGlashan, Marlon Williams, Steve Abel, and more. Her 2017 EP Hopeful & Hopeless saw Fountain awarded Best Country Music Artist at the 2018 NZ Music Awards. The song of the same name won the 2018 APRA AMCOS NZ Best Country Song. Over the last year, Fountain has roamed Europe, the UK and US, performing with Finn Andrews as well as sharing her solo work with the world.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Hawks & Doves
      2. Samson
      3. It's A Bird (It's A Plane)
      4. When Gods Lie
      5. Faster
      6. Don't You Know Who I Am
      7. Strangers
      8. Quiet Like The Rain
      9. The Last Word
      10. Lighthouse

      Mermaidens

      Look Me In The Eye

        Dancing in the lively afterglow of Perfect Body, Mermaiden's internationally acclaimed Flying Nun debut, a new flame burns. The Wellington-based trio now approach 2019 with an eagerly awaited follow up. Enter the depths of their new album, Look Me In The Eye.

        Earmarked by the trio's April split single release ?You Maintain The Stain / Cut It Open, the group (made up of friends Lily West, Gussie Larkin and Abe Hollingsworth) are in new terrain. Exploring power and control in a confronting new lens, the trio are focused on the gatekeepers and dominators of the world; dissecting their power, one song at a time.

        Recorded with long-time Mermaidens collaborator, audio engineer James Goldsmith, Look Me In The Eye sees the band pushing new sonic boundaries in a body of work that is as severe and progressive as it is vibrant and exhilarating.

        At the heart of the record lies the thematic exploration of female voices, as co-lead vocalists Larkin (guitar) and West (bass), with dynamic support from Hollingsworth (drums) expose embedded motifs of exterior masks, human relationships and power dynamics with unflinching fervour. The voices and perspectives of both frontwomen give shape to the record with equal footing, creating a dialogue around female collaboration and friendship in an ode to the complexities of the human experience. 

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Crying In The Office
        2. Sleeptalker
        3. Millennia
        4. I Might Disappear
        5. The Cut
        6. She's Running
        7. Bastards
        8. Best To Hate The Man
        9. Priorities

        Grayson Gilmour

        No Constellation

        So, perhaps we could tell some romantic story about a kid who turns to music during their early teens in an effort to save themselves from the boredom of swampy small town New Zealand. A couple of albums later they pack their bags for the big smoke, chasing the dream, etc etc... Add a few more releases, four or five years and now we have "No Constellation from Grayson Gilmour".

        Hailing from Palmerston North, Grayson Gilmour began his solo recordings at age 16 and has now teamed up with the re-launched Flying Nun for his fifth album "No Constellation". As one quarter of New Zealand band So So Modern, Grayson has spent the last years juggling between playing and recording with the band and his own 'bedroom/studio recluse' projects. All up "No Constellation" is a culmination of ideas built up over the last two-years - much of which he spent touring overseas with So So Modern. With a pile of praise in his home country and the New Zealand Herald declaring it; 'a clear contender for local record of the year.'



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