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Buy Local: Twelve Favourite Albums Of 2017 So Far

Buy Local: Twelve Favourite Albums Of 2017 So Far

Wednesday 31st May, 2017 6:00PM

Today brings to a close the 31-day celebration of homegrown talent that is NZ Music Month, which coincidentally brings us to the mid-point of the year (eeek!!). With that in mind, we thought about the wealth of local releases that have graced our ears up to this point, and decided to take on the hard task of narrowing it down to a dozen we reckon you should throw some of your hard-earned coin at. In no particular order, here's twelve of our favourite albums of 2017 so far....


1.WhyFi - Dishwash Cookie
While word has is that Dishwash Cookie is more a collection of bedroom dabblings rather than an album proper, this a great journey of experimental lo-fi beat production in the vein of American producer Edan that has us excited about what's up next from the Auckland producer. Pick it up over at The Grow Room Bandcamp page.

 


2. Nadia Reid - Preservation
Described by The Guardian as "lovelorn folk with dirt under its nails", Reid's sophomore full-length offering raised the game even further from her excellent debut outing Listen To The Formation, Look For The Signs. To get your hands on a copy on vinyl or CD head over at Flying Out.



3. Elan Vital -
Shadow Self
It took a long time to come out, but it was well worth the wait. Dunedin trio Elan Vital (perhaps jokingly) adopted the term to gothronica to describe their dark synth-driven dance music - and it kinda stuck. But it definitely works. Highly recommend picking this one up on vinyl from label Fishrider Records.



4. i.e. crazy - Non Compos Mentis
Non Compos Mentis is the debut solo album from i.e. crazy, who in another life made music under the moniker Dear Time's Waste. The eight songs contained within Non Compos Mentis are highly articulate yet slightly terrifying affairs that scrape our seedy underbelly and feed it back to us. Released by the good folk at Muzai, you can acquire it digitally via their Bandcamp or on vinyl over at Flying Out.



5. Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing -
Songs of Sodomy and the Compost of Aethyr
It's not often (or perhaps never, until now) an album comes released with a full tarot deck handpainted by one of the members. Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing are indeed purveyors of elegantly crafted yet unsettling tunes and this record is a double dose. Another one that can be found at our friends over at Muzai.



6. New Dawn - The Dying Light
New Dawn brings together the intriguing talents of solo artists Indira Force and Anita Clarke, who combined have conjured up something quite haunting with The Dying Light. Delicate, crystalline and ethereal. This self-released offering can be purchased from the pair over at Bandcamp.

 


7. Into Orbit -
Unearthing
Wellington-based duo Into Orbit have gone from strength-to-strength with the release of their sophomore record Unearthing. Through experimentation and cultivation the pair cook up a heavy, texture-dense sound that seems almost impossible to be emanating from just two people. Head over to their Bandcamp page to cop it on CD, vinyl or digitally.



8. Aldous Harding - Party
Wow. Listening to the second full-length album spilled forth from Aldous Harding is a breathtaking (and sometimes heart-stopping) affair. Watching a musical sensation emerge and blossom in front of your eyes is an exciting time. Get your copy of Party on vinyl, CD or digitally through the good people at Flying Nun.



9. Oscar Dowling - Free and Easy
Oscar Dowling emerged from the ashes of the fantastic but short-lived Auckland group New Gum Sarn and quickly earned his stripes as a solo artist with a handful of striking singles. Picked up by Australian label, Spunk, his excellent debut is available on CD over at their site and digitally via iTunes and the like. 



10. Fazerdaze - Morningside
Auckland-based artist Amelia Murray has a real knack for cooking up a great bedroom-pop song. Following on the heels of her 2014 self-titled debut, the eagerly-awaited debut album Morningside has taken her out of the bedroom and over to the other side of the globe to woo a whole bunch of new fans there. Grab your Morningside vinyl/CD/cassette over at Flying Out.



11. Hiboux - Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up
Hiboux (pronounced ee-boo) have certainly forged a firm fanbase for themselves in their hometown of Wellington over the last few years, and now their cinematic debut has put them on the world stage. Get your mitts on the self-released record over at their Bandcamp page.



12. Tei. - OMW
We felt really lucky to have stumbled upon the talented Tei. The emerging Auckland artist low-key released OMW back in April and immediately her style and flow brought to mind the likes of Aaliyah and Missy Elliot. We got her marked as one to watch. Get OMW over here.






Can't wait to see what the second half of 2017 brings...!!!





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